Coachella organizers posted an image of a large round stone at the Empire Polo Grounds on the fesival’s official Facebook page, seeming to confirm widespread reports that the Rolling Stones will headline the festival this year.
If the Rolling Stones do perform at Coachella, it will be their first festival gig in the United States since Altamont in 1969. The band also played SARS benefit festival in Toronto in 2003 and the Isle of Wight in England in 2007, but has largely stuck to its own gigs over the years.
A Coachella appearance would likely be one of many 2013 gigs for the Stones. “We barely got off the starting blocks,” Keith Richards told us of the group’s 50th anniversary run late last year, which was limited to seven shows. “It would be dopey to bring things up to this level and say, ‘Well, that’s that, 50 years, bye-bye.'”
Like last year, Coachella 2013 will staged across two weekends in April with the exact same lineup at both events. The Stones’ mobile app only listed the April 12th show, but they’ll almost certainly be at the festival on the weekend of April 19th as well.
The full Coachella lineup will be officially announced later this month.