Thursday, August 6, 2009

Are you shitting me, Outside Lands festival?

There was no way I was going to go to the Outside Lands festival anyway, after hearing the horror stories from last year about the crowds and hour-long waits for beers and not being able to see anything. It sounded like a nightmare clusterfuck and I wouldn't have any part in it.

Then they announced this year's lineup, and it was so laughably bad that I thought "There's no way they could fuck this up any worse." The headliners were Pearl Jam, the Dave Matthews Band, and the Beastie Boys. Like, what the fuck is this, 1995?

(DISCLAIMER - Admittedly, some of the other acts on the bill I wouldn't mind seeing, like TV on the Radio, Deerhunter, M.I.A., and Calexico, but I'd much rather see all of them in a club or small venue somewhere.)

Oh, and you know who else is on the bill on Saturday, the night that fucking DMB is headlining? The BLACK EYED PEAS. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA YOU SUCK AT MUSIC OUTSIDE LANDS.

Anyway, then Adam Yauch from the Beastie Boys caught the cancer and they had to back out and so Outside Lands had to go find another headliner. Here's a chance to really score a great band and make the festival worth seeing, right?

Wrong. They booked Tenacious D.

Say what you will about Tenacious D's joke-rock. It's fine for what it is. What it ISN'T is something that's going to make people go "Oh wow, I totally have to go to Outside Lands now! Tenacious D! That's a festival headliner, for sure!"

I realize that summer's almost over and most artists are already booked and it's a last-minute thing, but c'mon.


The Sonia Show said...

OK, you are going to hate me ... I love the Dave Matthews Band. I love the Beastie Boys. And, I love Tenacious D. I would pay (and have paid) to see all of those bands.

I ask, "Are you shitting me, Outside Lands Festival?" because the ticket prices are so goddamn high! I make a decent living, and I'm not willing to shell out almost $100 for a ticket to a concert that involves long lines for restrooms and overpriced beer and food and -- maybe, just maybe -- a chance to see the bands that I'm actually paying to see.

TK said...

Everyone has different taste in music. Just because I don't like DMB doesn't mean other people don't love them.

I just think making what's essentially a joke band the headliner for one night of your festival is really lame.

$100 a day is ridiculous. But I'm going to shell out $75 or so to go to one day of Treasure Island, so I don't have much room to complain.

Did I mention that Dave Matthews sat right behind me at Craft in NYC? You woulda shit, Sonia. He was totally making eyes at The Wife, too. We almost had to take it outside.

The Sonia Show said...

I would pass out if I was anywhere near Dave Matthews. A friend is interviewing him for the festival. I'm insanely jealous, but I know if I ever met him I would embarrass myself.

As for The D, I love them, but I don't know if they are headliner worthy. Maybe the organizers tried to get Spinal Tap and failed.