Rolling Stones To Headline Coachella 2013?

By Michael Nelson / December 14, 2012 - 3:47 pm

I didn’t watch 12-12-12 The Concert For Sandy Relief in real time, but I did follow it on my Facebook newsfeed, and I literally LOLed when the following three updates popped up — posted by three different people, from three distinct demographics, who themselves are not friends with one another on Facebook:

Thank you, Rolling Stones, for ruining large-screen HD TV for me forever.

Sorry, Rolling Stones are now officially caricatures of themselves. They look like a bunch of elderly men who dressed up as the Stones for the assisted living facility skit contest.

Jesus, the Stones look fucking AWFUL. I know they’re old, but WOW.

Such a reception! Surely these friends will be deeply troubled to learn, then, that the Stones have even bigger plans for 2013: headlining Coachella! Maybe.

Earlier today, some new tour dates were posted on the band’s official mobile app, including one on 4/12, in Indio, CA, listed as “Coachella 2013.” The dates were deleted several hours later, but not before fans screen-grabbed and posted the “news.”

The 12/27 show listed at Huntington’s Cinema Arts Centre — which has also been deleted — is reportedly a screening of the Stones doc, The Rolling Stones: The Ron Wood Years. The Coachella date, though, remains unexplained. It’s so gonna happen! UNLESS! This whole “accident” is just some canny stunt to draw interest to the Stones’ mobile app (and/or all things Stones) through viral media attention, which frankly seems like a not-unreasonable possibility to me. Hey, maybe it’s both things at once. Either way … I was hoping for Blur.