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Coachella act Throbbing Gristle confirms, then cancels UCLA Live show

March 10, 2009 |  6:25 pm

Tg300 Earlier today, UCLA Live announced a Throbbing Gristle concert for April 21 at Royce Hall, a show that the industrial noise-makers had already alluded to weeks ago on their website.

A mere two hours after confirmation, a UCLA Live representative has informed Pop & Hiss that the show has been canceled. Although the band did not officially state the reason, it's most likely because of a conflict with the outfit's already scheduled appearance at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival on April 19. The Indio music festival is known for employing so-called radius clauses that restrict artists from playing in the marketplace for a specified amount of time before and after the three-day fete. Living legend Leonard Cohen has been this season's one lone exception to the rule. Representatives from Throbbing Gristle and Coachella have not yet returned requests for a comment on the band's cancellation, but Pop & Hiss will happily update with any responses.

UCLA Live had been reportedly sitting on the news release for weeks, waiting for confirmation from TG's representation, which finally came this morning. The UCLA Live rep expressed some frustration over the quick cancellation: "We're embarrassed that this happened."

Genesis P-Orridge and company was due to play a different set for the UCLA Live showcase, a live soundtrack to the rare, experimental Derek Jarman film, "In the Shadow of the Sun." Jarman, who made videos for The Smiths and Pet Shop Boys, asked the band to create a soundscape for his Super-8 collage in 1980. A similar performance of the soundtrack filled Tate Modern's Turbine Hall in London in 2006. Jarman died in 1994.

As outlined on the band's website, the Coachella appearance is to be a "60 minute set from across TG's history." The industrial revolutionaries are also due to play shows in New York, Chicago and San Francisco in April.

--Margaret Wappler

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