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Maybe that's a bit unkind, but having people like Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen, Elvis Costello, Perry Farrell and David Byrne headline the high-profile outdoor music shows Coachella in the Los Angeles area and Bonnaroo near Nashville is an obvious grab at older fans. You know, the ones more likely to have money to spend. The ones who put Bon Jovi, the Eagles, the Police and other "reunion" tours into the top-10 money-makers of 2008. Coachella started the trend last year with former Pink Floyd frontman Roger Waters, but still saw its attendance drop by 30,000. The fest, held in the desert a couple hours outside L.A., drew 150,000 fans. With the economy in shreds, the three-day event this year will try to get people excited about Sir Paul and other nostalgia-tinged acts like the Cure, Public Enemy, Morrisey, Paul Weller and Leonard Cohen.
For the kids, Coachella will also feature the alt darlings and up-and-comers the festival is known for, like Fleet Foxes, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Thievery Corporation and the Ting Tings. And for the first time, there's a layaway plan for the steep $269 admission fee.
—Posted by T.L. Stanley