Not Coming to a VMoFest Near You: Green Day

green dayLooks like somebody's been raiding the Killers' eyeliner stash. (Photo by Marina Chavez)

The first major festival of the season is already in the books, with Coachella having come and gone, and there's still no news on Virgin Mobile Festival.

While the hipsters were baking in the desert, I was suffering through a bunch of speeches at Earth Day on the National Mall. It was an I.M.P. production and there were lots of V-Fest decision makers in the proverbial house, but that just meant I got an in-person "no comment at this time" from IMP spokesperson Audrey Fix Schaefer.

An e-mail that came through this morning kept the will-it/won't-it festival in our mind. Green Day announced its summer tour dates -- just cities, no venues -- and the D.C.-area stop is July 29. That would be a Wednesday, not really an ideal festival day. So if you had any visions of Green Day headlining V-Fest 2009, be it at Pimlico, Merriweather or some other venue, it's time to give up on that dream. Just like the one about being an astronaut or professional bikini inspector.

So what possibilities are still out there? Leafblower dropped the name Blink-182 on me this morning and that made me scratch my head. Seems like more of a Warped Tour thing than V-Fest thing. Maybe as the fourth- or fifth-biggest V-Fest draw, but for a festival that's had classic rockers (the Who, the Police, Bob Dylan) and neo-classic rockers (Foo Fighters, Stone Temple Pilots, Nine Inch Nails) as its headliners, Blink-182 atop the bill seems like a stretch.

There's a big Blur reunion this summer, but I have a feeling Gorillaz might be a better draw than Blur over here in the colonies.

Metallica has a big fall tour lined up with no stop closer than New York, so that could be a possibility. Not the most exciting one, but a possibility nonetheless.

A quick look at the Lollapalooza headliners finds two V-Fest vets (Beastie Boys, the Killers), two bands already playing D.C.-area shed shows this summer (Jane's Addiction, Depeche Mode) and, uh, Tool.

If my years as a professional wrestling fan have taught me anything, it's that it's the top of the card that sells. You can have all the great technical grapplers you want on the undercard, but unless you have the Rock vs. Stone Cold, people probably aren't going to spend their money.

Getting bands three through 30 on a festival bill is the easy part. It's those top two that require the most work. And this isn't the economic environment in which to take that lightly. Any more big names come mind since our last batch of guesses?

By David Malitz |  April 20, 2009; 4:30 PM ET Predictions , Virgin Festival
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Wow, that is a surprise. Looks like the pimlico problems could be sinking VFest afterall. That would be really sad.

Posted by: EricS2 | April 20, 2009 5:48 PM

I think they need McCartney. Not sure if he needs them, though...

Posted by: Hemisphire | April 20, 2009 6:07 PM

keep up the pro wrestling analogies

Posted by: Deceiver | April 21, 2009 8:49 AM

"Metallica has a big fall tour lined up with no stop closer than New York, so that could be a possibility." --- They will be in Charlottesville.

Posted by: B-LeaguerD | April 21, 2009 2:40 PM

Maybe they can get Hollywood Undead again...

Posted by: sockpuppet68 | April 21, 2009 3:39 PM

I don't necessarily accept the logic that having Green Day listed as "being in the DC area" on 29 July necessarily rules out a August 1st appearance at VirginFest. Granted, it gives IMP even LESS time to get it all set up, but assuming they could pull it off, I don't think doing DC on the 29th and Baltimore 01 August would be that much of a stretch.

It seems to me other bands have hung around an extra day or two, particilarly if they can add a second show, a la U2 or the Stones.

I realize that it's just wishful thinking on my part that (1) Pimlico rallies to be the site and (2) Green Day are somehow involved.

I've also read that they've delayed the Pimlico bankruptcy hearing until May 7th, so if the organizers were waiting to hear the outcome before planning anything, that might delay things too much for them to get anything worthwhile set up.

A bummer no matter how you slice it...

Posted by: johnharr | April 23, 2009 11:33 AM

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