It may not happen this spring, but look for U2 to be a future headliner at Coachella.
U2 frontman Bono told me back stage at the Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala on Saturday he attended last year’s festival as a guest and would like the opportunity to play the two-weekend festival in Indio. He asked who was in charge and film festival chairman Harold Matzner and I gave him the run-down on Coachella founder Paul Tollett.
Interestingly, Tollett told me Friday, when he heard I might be talking to Bono at the gala, “Ain’t no crime in asking him about Coachella.”
There’s definitely interest from both parties.
Bono and The Edge represented U2 at the awards gala to accept the Sonny Bono Visionary Award in part for their recording of “Ordinary Love” from the film, “Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom.”
U2 has been recording a new album being produced with Danger Mouse, although there have been reports of them also working with Will.i.am, David Guetta and RedOne. The band has been vague about its release date other than to say it should be 2014. Some say it will be released in March or April. NME said an announcement could be made at the Super Bowl in February. The British music magazine has said having the album released by Island Records will be a return to their “spiritual home.”
U2 played the Glastonbury Festival in England in 2010 and The Edge seemed surprised when I told him I first saw the band at the US Festival in San Bernardino in 1982. The band formed in 1976, but their breakout album, “Joshua Tree,” was recorded in 1987. Bono said the band has been playing anti-Apartheid concerts since the 1970s.
He said of Coachella, “We don’t usually play festivals, but that’s definitely on our radar.”