Has anyone heard about two legendary punk bands, Refused and At The Drive In, have confirmed for Coachella? What are people's opinions on this? It seems like there can often be conflicting views on bands reuniting for festival appearances. Having read the statement from Refused, I kind of feel like there may be some genuine reason behind this move, but it isn't enough to satisfy me.
I feel like in this statement the band have tried to hard to justify that they were never in this band for the money. Of course that doesn't mean that they are not doing this festival appearance for the money, maybe they are saying that it is OK for them to take a big cheque now as they struggled through their real career without seeing much financial benefit. However, the fact that they have said that their last album "The Shape of Punk to Come" needs to be properly justified live performance is possibly a further cover up for the real reasons behind this reunion. Bands play tours to promote/justify albums, not do one off festival slots. So many people will not get to experience Refused Live ever, just because they can't attend Coachella, while many people who have a vague interest in the band will be able to see it if they are at the festival. The only saving grace that I can see for Refused, who said only eighteen months ago that there would be no reunion, is that they are at least playing another festival slot in their home country of Sweden.