By Leighton Ginn
Coachella has long brought out big acts from a different generation.
It’s an impressive list that includes the likes of Guns N Roses, AC DC, Steely Dan, Duran Duran.
So here’s a list of possible legends who might play Coachella this year.
YUSUF ISLAM/ CAT STEVENS
In 2014, Yusuf Islam returned to the stage for the first time in 35 years, and he returned again, playing a brief Fall tour that included two nights at Hollywood’s Pantages Theater for his 50th anniversary.
His pop-folk classics are numerous and beloved. While his act was acoustic, his long lists of hits would play well on big stages.
This might be the one acts I’m hoping to see most.
He came out of retirement this year, playing the US Open tennis championships and the Tonight Show.
He has a long list of hits as a solo act and as a member of Genesis.
For Collins, it would make sense to headline a major festival, as he will kick off a tour in the summer.
“In The Air Tonight” was one of the signature songs of the 80s, as Collins rolled out seven No. 1 hits during that decade.
This would be a long shot as Sting would end a European Tour on April 13 in Paris, the day before Coachella’s first weekend will begin.
That’s not to say Sting couldn’t play that Sunday night.
But Sting would be an interesting choice to add, especially since his latest CD, “57th and 9th,” marked a return to his rock roots.
Plus, Sting has two dates at the Palladium on Feb. 8-9, and then a date at The Show at the nearby Agua Caliente Casino in Rancho Mirage.
It’s just fun to thing about the possibility, even though it is a long shot.
THE TIME/THE REVOLUTION
With the passing of Prince, I just think it would be cool to have the Time, with Morris Day and Jerome, at the Empire Polo Fields. When Prince headlined, Morris and Jerome opened the set with “Jungle Love” and “The Bird.”
I kind of envision this being a Prince tribute with all the acts he’s helped, and this would also include The Revolution.
Yeah, there’s an 80s theme to this list.
Depeche Mode was one of the biggest acts of the 80s and they will also be going on a summer tour in 2017, which works logistically for Coachella.
In 2006. Depeche Mode headlined Coachella.