Ten Bands That Still Haven't Reunited at Coachella
James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem at one of their last Miami shows in 2010.
Photo by Ian Witlen
When it was announced earlier this week that Guns N' Roses and LCD Soundsystem were reuniting for Coachella, the first reaction was shock and awe. Slash and Axl of Guns N' Roses seemed to be in an eternal blood feud, while just five years earlier, LCD Soundsystem filmed a documentary and sold out Madison Square Garden on the claim that they would never play together again.
But after confirmation that the reunion announcements weren't a hoax, it made sense. Over the course of the desert festival's 15 years, it has been able to seduce acts from Outkast to the Pixies to Jane's Addiction to a hologram of Tupac out of retirement and back onto the stage. At this point it'd seem there's no band that can say no to the deep pockets of Coachella. Nonetheless, we came up with ten acts that would still make our jaws drop if Coachella could drag them out to perform.
10. Kate Bush
Last time she played live: 2014
The British chanteuse had fans travelling to London from every pocket of the globe when she played 22 shows at the Hammersmith Apollo in 2014. It was her first series of shows in 1979. Her only American performance was on Saturday Night Live in 1979. To bring the reclusive Ms. Bush to Coachella would be like 20 years ago getting Stanley Kubrick to the Sundance Film Festival or JD Salinger to the Miami Book Fair.
Last time they played live: 1989
Yes, Eazy-E is dead, but with the worldwide success of a movie based on the gangster rappers lives, Straight Outta Compton, demand to see the surviving members on stage again would be tremendous. Ice Cube is already booked for this year's Coachella. Maybe Dr. Dre, MC Ren, and DJ Yella will shock the world again this April?
8. The White Stripes
Last time they played live: 2007
Nine years isn't that long, but since the rock duo last played a concert an entire generation of sports fans have chanted the riff of "Seven Nation Army". Jack White, the mastermind of the band, plays White Stripes songs at his solo shows with technically superior drummers. But for many fans his ex-wife Meg White was the heart and soul of the group and it wouldn't be The White Stripes without her overcoming her anxieties and taking the stage again.
Last time they played live: 2009
The brothers Gallagher hate each other. They always have. Or at least since they shot to fame in the mid-'90's., but so do Slash and Axl and if they can let a few million dollars help make bygones be bygones, then someday soon you might be singing along to "Wonderwall" under the desert stars.
6. Destiny's Child
Last time they played live: 2006
Beyonce has played Coachella, but never with the two women who she made her name with. The r&b divas truly last played a full concert in 2006, but made a surprise reunion at the 2013 Super Bowl halftime show when Kelly Rowland, and Michelle Williams joined Beyonce's set to sing "Bootylicious", "Independent Women" and "Single Ladies."
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5. The Smiths
Last time they played live: 1986
All four members of the group still live. Generally where there is life there is hope, except that is when lead singer Morrissey was asked about a Smiths reunion and answered, "I would rather eat my own testicles than reform The Smiths, and that's saying something for a vegetarian."
4. David Bowie
Last time he played live: 2004
Ziggy Stardust just put out a new album, his second in three years, but according to sources he claims he will not play live again. We have no choice but to listen to these sources because David Bowie has told sources that he will not ever speak to the media again either.
3. Pink Floyd
Last time they played live: 2005
Syd Barrett is dead. So is keyboardist Richard Wright. But as long as Roger Waters and David Gilmour still live, classic rock fans can dream.
2. Led Zeppelin
Last time they played live: 2007
Their one time reunion in London in 2007 had 20 million ticket requests. In the last decade demand might have grown even larger. Guitarist Jimmy Page wants it to happen, as does bassist John Paul Jones, so do at least 20,000,000 fans. If Axl Rose can give the people what they want, maybe singer Robert Plant will one day too?
1. Somebody dead
Last time somebody was resurrected- According to science, never (though religion would beg to differ).
In all honesty the only headliner that would top the shock of an actual Guns N' Roses reunion was if somebody we thought dead revealed themselves to be alive. It's been a long time since people spoke of Elvis Presley faking his death, same with Jim Morrison. What about a non-hologram Tupac or Notorious B.I.G.? What if they rolled a crypt on to the main stage and as the opening of "Thriller" played a zombie Michael Jackson popped out to entertain us? If Axl and Slash are breaking bread, anything is possible.
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