Wednesday, January 07 2015 19:24

Coachella 2015: AC/DC, REVEREND HORTON HEAT, BAD RELIGION, GHOSTFACE KILLAH, JACK WHITE... here's the artists that matter...

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It's time to step into what my wife calls my "Old Crankypants" mode...

Coachella. The buzzed-about festival that's now spread into a two-weekend affair of duplicate entertainment in the California desert has unveiled their 2015 lineup, and as usual - it's not enough to sell me on a trip out there for it. In fact, the only time I ever truly considered a trip to the Empire Polo Grounds was when FAITH NO MORE made an appearance there back in 2010, but even an appearance by my favorite band of all-time couldn't lure me to the West Coast for a weekend. As this year's announcement rolled out, I heard more than a few folks on the radio say the same thing today "I don't know who these people are, they must be new bands" - aside from the obvious ones, like AC/DC. But if you work in music and truly claim to not know anyone else on the list, I find that very hard to believe since the other headliners include JACK WHITE and DRAKE, and the second-liners have folks like STEELY DAN and FLORENCE + THE MACHINE on there. For me, the problem with Coachella is something that's infected other festivals like our own, now-local Lollapalooza - I personally just don't care about 90% of the lineup. So who actually matters at Coachella 2015? I'll give you my picks below, followed by the full lineup to see what your thoughts are...

THE ROCK FATHER's Coachella Artists that Actually Matter 2015*
*Listed in the order they're billed.


That's it. 

Sure, there's probably some others I might like - and certainly a bunch of stuff my wife would dig (a bunch of these artists pop up on SiriusXM Alt Nation, which I avoid since I can only think of how much better so-called "alternative" music was in the 80s/90s), but that's it for me off the top. 

Here's the full run-down below, but passes are no longer available, so it really doesn't matter if you dig the lineup or not. Diehards buy in-advance, regardless of the lineup (which they also do for Lollapalooza now). 


 So what's a good festival, you ask? Chicago Riot Fest had a stellar lineup last year (it usually does), and most of the good rock fests are overseas. There's also a few things like Rockstar Mayhem Fest and Warped Tour that can still pull off a decent lineup with some actual rock in the mix.

--Old Crankypants

James Zahn

James Zahn is best-known as The Rock Father™, a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur. He is the Owner, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine. In January, 2019, after nearly a decade of publishing The Rock Father™ Magazine, he joined Adventure Media and Events as Senior Editor of The Toy Book—the leading trade publication for the toy industry since 1984, as well as The Pop Insider — a destination for all things pop culture, and The Toy Insider — the leading consumer guide for toys and games. He is also editor of The Toy Report, a weekly newsletter published by The Toy Book each Thursday. Zahn has over 27 years of experience in the entertainment, retail and publishing industries.

He regularly serves as a Brand Ambassador and spokesperson for several Globally-recognized pop culture and lifestyle brands in addition to consulting for a number of toy manufacturers. 

Creatively, James has directed/edited music videos, lyric videos, and album trailers for bands such as FEAR FACTORY, has appeared as an actor in feature films and commercials, written comic books, and performed in bands. He currently serves as an artist manager and video director for PRODUCT OF HATE, whose debut album was released by Napalm Records in 2016, distributed by ADA/Warner Music in the U.S. with Universal Music handling global. A new album has been completed and is set for release this year.

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