Who are these Coachella lineup Nostradamuses, and how are some so close?
If you followed the Coachella rumors in the days leading up to the announcement of the festival lineup this morning, you didn't get the full picture (or maybe you did). But some were pretty darn close.
Some are way off, sounding more like wish lists than anything else -- the Arcade Fire, White Stripes and Daft Punk stealing the headlining slot over Lady Gaga? -- but one is almost shockingly close to the mark. Check it out, second from the bottom. Even the color scheme of the poster is close to the real thing.
Muse was practically a given among lineup watchers. And by Monday night, rumors of Jay-Z, perhaps the most surprising guest and certainly the most unlikely headliner, were in heavy circulation.
On Sunday, someone under the moniker Monklish posted the full, correct band list -- in alphabetical order, not arranged by headliner -- to a new Blogger page called "Who is playing at Coachella 2010."
Monklish's profile lists her as a 30-year-old gal in the publishing industry living in Berkeley. But we imagine that if she's cunning enough to smuggle the lineup days before the embargo, she's smart enough not to use her real info.
With all of these leaks, is this an indication that Coachella's picks are getting predictable? Are the bands really bad at keeping a secret ("Them Crooked Vultures -- Confirmed by Dave Grohl")? Is it KROQ? Or is Coachella spilling the beans?
-- Mark Milian
Photo: Did this man, Dave Grohl, spill the beans in Hawaii? Credit: Lester Cohen / WireImages.com