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Latest Coachella rumors: Rolling Stones out, Rodriguez in

January 19, 2013|By Mikael Wood
  • Despite rumors to the contrary, the Rolling Stones will not play Coachella, according to a report.
Despite rumors to the contrary, the Rolling Stones will not play Coachella,… (Facebook )

It's only a rock 'n' roll festival, but evidently they don't like it.

Despite a series of suggestions to the contrary, the Rolling Stones will not play the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, according to Rolling Stone magazine, which cited a source "close to the band" late Friday night.

Speculation about the legendary British group's visit to the desert began in December after the Stones' mobile app showed a listing for a mid-April concert date in Indio, where Coachella takes place at the Empire Polo Club. (This year's edition of the show will run April 12-14 and repeat the following weekend, April 19-21.)

Then this month, Coachella posted a photo to its Facebook page that seemed to depict a large round rock in the middle of a field.

Yet it appears that the Stones booking -- which would have followed recent performances at the festival by other legacy rockers such as Paul McCartney and Roger Waters -- was not meant to be.

That said, Coachella isn't out of the heritage business entirely: This week, Billboard reported that Rodriguez, the 70-year-old Detroit musician featured in the Oscar-nominated documentary "Searching for Sugar Man," will perform at the festival.

The official lineup is expected to be announced this month.


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