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Amy Winehouse Coachella watch: She's out

March 9, 2009 | 10:59 am

When the Coachella lineup was announced earlier this year, there was plenty of discussion about Paul McCartney and the boomer takeover of the event. But the McCartney booking was hardly as big of a surprise as another English artist: Amy Winehouse.

Though the tabloid staple couldn't get into the United States for the Grammys, would Coachella be able to work its magic and bring Winehouse to sunny Southern California? And could she stay out of trouble long enough to make it to America in mid-April?

Turns out no. The Associated Press reports -- and the Coachella Twitter confirms -- that Winehouse is out for the three-day fest. From Associated Press:

A spokesman for Amy Winehouse says the singer won't perform in the United States next month, as had been planned.

Spokesman Chris Goodman said Monday that Winehouse isn't going to the Coachella festival in Indio, Calif., in "light of current legal issues."

Winehouse was charged with assault last week for allegedly attacking a fan at a London party in September. The singer is due in court next week.

Being charged with a crime often makes it difficult for people to get U.S. visas.
Winehouse's battles with addiction and frequent run-ins with the law have been highly publicized.

And that's that.

On the plus side, it saves us a few more weeks of a will-she-or-won't-she Winehouse watch. On the down side, who will fill her Saturday night hole on the Coachella bill?

--Todd Martens

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