No Depression for Coachella; Prince 'Is Like a Fancy Lesbian'; Seeger, Baez Back to Newport
Headlines: Coachella has come and gone, and the reports and reviews are flooding my RSS reader. The prevailing theme of the roundups is that Coachella '09 seems to have survived the economic meltdown just fine. AP headline: "Crowds fill seemingly recession-proof Coachella." Lead from the New York Times report: "What does it look like when the concert industry exhales in relief? Tens of thousands of illuminated cellphones, swaying in the night." Gawker's take, from afar: "No Recession for Hipsters." Nice. ... Coachella reviews abound, but one good and fairly comprehensive source for a set-by-set rundown is the Pop & Hiss blog. As a bonus, you also get random tidbits such as this sighting: "David Hasselhoff canoodling with his lady friend while head-banging to the Yeah Yeah Yeahs' opening number, 'Zero.'" ... Wendy & Lisa never thought Prince was gay. But, Lisa tells Out: "He was little and kinda prissy and everything." Wendy: "He looked at me like a gay woman would look at another woman." Lisa: "He's like a fancy lesbian." ... Pete Seeger and Joan Baez will perform at the 50th Anniversary Newport Folk Festival -- fitting, since they both performed at the first one, in 1959. Among the others scheduled to perform July 31-August 2 at Newport's Fort Adams State Park: The Decemberists, Fleet Foxes, Neko Case, Josh Ritter, Iron & Wine, plus Arlo Guthrie and Judy Collins. ... Justin Timberlake wants to collaborate with Amy Winehouse. ... The Jane's Addiction reunion has already hit a rough patch, in advance of the band's comeback tour. ... Kris Kristofferson might not recall dressing down Toby Keith backstage at a Willie Nelson birthday concert six years ago -- but Kristofferson's wife does. Keith, by the way, is speaking at the National Press Club tomorrow, on the eve of yet another USO Tour. ... Madonna fell off her horse during a ride in the Hamptons. A publicist says the pop star's mount was spooked by paparazzi. But a photographer has disputed that version of events. ... Patterson Hood is finally getting around to releasing a solo album that he started working on 15 years ago. "Murdering Oscar (And Other Love Songs)," out June 23. And no, he's not leaving the Drive-By Truckers. ... Beyonce's "Sasha Fierce" tour opens in mid-June, with a Verizon Center date scheduled for June 24.
Today in TWP
At Earth Day on the National Mall, there was a lot of hot -- though mostly dry -- air.
Susan Boyle, still very much a sensation. Exhibit A: "Suddenly Susan: Singer's Town Is Agog." Exhibit B: "How a Villager Became the Queen of All Media." Amazing stat from that second story: Boyle-related videos have been viewed more than 85 million times.
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