Ten Bands That Still Haven't Reunited at Coachella

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.

9. N.W.A.
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.

7. Oasis
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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David Rolland is a freelance writer for New Times Broward-Palm Beach and Miami New Times. His novel, The End of the Century, published by Jitney Books, is available at many fine booksellers.
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