No, the Rolling Stones won’t headline.
Weeks of rumors that the Rolling Stones would lead the Coachella 2013 lineup have proved to be just that. The NME got Mick Jagger to confirm that the Stones will not be playing the festival. “We’re not gonna do Coachella, 'cos it’s too early,” Jagger said. “There was a rumor we were gonna do that one, but it’s very early, Coachella. It’s April or something, isn’t it? And we’re not gonna be ready to go by April.” Rolling Stone first reported the news last week, citing a source close to the English rock icons who said the band wouldn’t appear at either of the So Cal fest’s two weekends (April 12 to 14 and April 19 to 21, respectively).
Speculation that the Stones would lead the annual showcase ran wild over the last few weeks. Back in December, fans noticed that an April 12 gig in Indio, California labeled “Coachella 2013” was uploaded to the band’s mobile app, but the date was subsequently removed without any comment. Following that, Coachella organizers seemed to make a winking reference to the premature announcement on January 3 by posting a Facebook photo of what appeared to be a smooth, round rock sitting on the festival grounds (the stone hadn’t gathered any moss — get it?). Billboard later reported that the object in question was actually just a polo ball — a reference to the event’s location, the Empire Polo Grounds.