AP Editors Get A Little Too Excited About The Prospect Of Led Zeppelin Playing Bonnaroo

lednotlez.pngThe above screengrab comes from the AP’s story on the Bonnaroo lineup, which clearly suffered from having a night copyeditor who wasn’t up on her “funny” lesbian cock-rock cover bands that are almost named after icons of said genre and are, ahem, billed way, way too low to be considered “headliners.” (Well, at least she’s as good at figuring out in-joke-laden riddles as we are.) According to my sources who weren’t out on the town during this whole kerfuffle, we can blame the NME for the foul-up. Tsk tsk, NME. You should have run with the “surprise Baltimora show” angle instead!

Led (sic!!!!) Zeppelin Heads Bonnaroo Lineup [AP]

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  • A Roach

    I agree that this was a mistake and that NME is likely to blame for the confusion.

    But let’s have a little fun and play devil’s advocate.

    For argument’s sake, lets say they really ARE headling. No way could Superfly announce it before tickets go on sale–the thing would sell out instantly with people who don’t usually go to Bonnaroo. The “real” Roo fans would largely be shut out (or at least left to the luck of the draw). This would be a disaster for Superfly: the loyalty/brand would be damaged, and the fans who have gone every year would crucify them.

    But Superfly knows this.

    So instead, they wait until tickets are already on sale to announce Zeppelin– but they also float the idea out there informally, as a “wink wink, nudge nudge” to the fans that follow live music closely. Even better, they book LEZ Zeppelin so that they can point to a specific point that’s causing all the confusion.

    I also think that if this is the case, it was genius to announce the lineup at midnight. The drama/confusion plays out overnight, rather than during the day when everyone is at work checking the internet. By the morning, they knew all this would be cleared up– and tickets will go on sale with a normal health demand.

    Bonnaroo tickets will sell out regardless, like they have the past few years. They don’t need to announce Zeppelin on day 1.

    I know it’s a long shot, I know it’s a crazy complicated conspiracy theory. But it’s also EXACTLY the way to work the situation if it’s true.

    ::stops watching Mel Gibson movies::

  • Charlie Kerfelds Jetsons Tee

    Someone should make one of thos “EPIC FAIL!!!1!” things out of this headline.

    That’s what the kids are doing nowadays, isn’t it?

  • Charlie Kerfelds Jetsons Tee

    @Charlie Kerfelds Jetsons Tee: Speaking of “EPIC FAIL!!!1!…”

    thos = those

  • loudersoft

    Clown shoes.