My Bloody Valentine's Coachella Absence Explained

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When the Coachella line-up was announced last month, many questioned the absence of the much-rumored My Bloody Valentine reunion. Whispers of MBV frontman Kevin Shields negotiating with Coachella date back to August 2007, but instead the festival announced Jack Johnson, Portishead and Roger Waters as the headliners. So why were they left off the bill? Coachella founder Paul Tollett tells NME, "I was hanging out with Kevin (Shields) over at the Led Zeppelin (reunion concert in December), and he said it was just too early. Coachella's in April and I don't think they'll be ready yet." This is a band that's been inactive for eighteen years; you'd think they'd find ample time to practice. My Bloody Valentine does have a trio of European dates scheduled for later in the summer, and Tollett promises "Don't worry. They'll come to America."

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