[UPDATED] Conventional wisdom has been that festivals need older bands from the last days of the monoculture to draw an audience. This year’s Coachella suggested that the tide is turning, with Jay-Z, Tiesto and Gorillaz headlining the California festival, and there’s reason to believe that the audiences for the mid-level bands may cumulatively add up to the audience that a star from the 1990s might draw (as many as might show up for a Soundgarden reunion, for instance).
Voodoo’s headliners do reach back – Ozzy Osbourne to the 1980s as a solo act, 1970s with Black Sabbath; and Weezer’s debut album with “The Sweater Song” and “Buddy Holly” was released in 1994. Muse, however, seems like wild card, one of those bands that England’s in love with and America is discovering. It helps that America’s finding the band through the Twilight soundtracks (a track on each); Voodoo’s not completely going out on a limb with them. Muse was the last full band to play Coachella Saturday night before a late electronica set by Tiesto, and they’re also booked as a headliner at the Austin City Limits festival.
In a recent Billboard, Ray Waddell wrote, “British rock trio Muse is on a path to be this year’s live breakout act.” According to Charles Attal, who books Austin City Limits, “Energy at their live show is over the top. I have seen them three times this year, and I will keep going to see them.” It helped that last year they opened for U2 on its stadium tour. Waddell’s article quotes ICM senior VP of concerts (yes, such a position exists) Marsha Vlasic, who said, “I anticipated they would do bigger business this time, but they outperformed any of our expectations. We were going to set some buildings up in smaller configurations, and [instead] in some buildings we went 360.”
Here’s Muse’s channel at YouTube.
Update 4:30 p.m.
My Morning Jacket has been added to the Voodoo lineup.