Paul McCartney, The Killers, The Cure to headline Coachella

McCartney is desert-bound
McCartney is desert-bound

After weeks of speculation, the lineup for the 10th Coachella Valley Music & Arts festival has been announced, with Paul McCartney, The Killers and The Cure set as headliners.

Among the dozens of other acts confirmed for the three-day affair are My Bloody Valentine, Amy Winehouse, Morrissey, Leonard Cohen and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. In short, it's shaping up to be one glittering array of talent.

McCartney is stoked

Although he's made music history in practically every way possible, including playing to the then-biggest concert audience in history at New York's Shea Stadium in 1965, Paul McCartney is stoked about his first appearance at the Indio, California event. "I have heard that Coachella is one of the greatest festivals in the world," he said in a statement. "I'm really excited to get out there and rock!" (Note: Then play Helter Skelter, OK? No Long And Winding Road.)

By the way, we couldn't help by notice that George Harrison's son, Dhani, is appearing with his band Thenewno2. Wonder if there will be any surprises pairings?

Winehouse needs a strong showing

For troubed singer Amy Winehouse, a successful Coachella appearance could come at just the right time. She performed at the festival in 2007 when her album Back To Black was starting to break. Since that time, however, she's been more in the news for drug problems and erratic behavior than musical triumphs.

It should also be noted that the legendary Leonard Cohen's showing at Coachella will be part of his first US tour in 15 years.

The complete list

FRIDAY 17 APRIL: Paul McCartney, Morrissey, Franz Ferdinand, Leonard Cohen, Conor Oberst And The Mystic Valley Band, Beirut, The Black Keys, Girl Talk, Silversun Pickups, The Ting Tings, The Crystal Method, Ghostland Observatory, Crystal Castles, The Airborne Toxic Event, We Are Scientists, N.A.S.A., Patton & Rahzel, M. Ward, The Presets, The Hold Steady, A Place To Bury Strangers, Felix da Housecat, Buraka Som Sistema, Ryan Bingham, Bajofondo, Peanut Butter Wolf, Noah & The Whale, White Lies, The Bug, Alberta Cross, Los Campesinos!, Craze & Klever, Molotov, Switch, Gui Boratto, Steve Aoki, The Aggrolites, People Under the Stairs, The Courteeners, Cage The Elephant, Dear And The Headlights.

SATURDAY 17 APRIL: The Killers, Amy Winehouse, Thievery Corporation, TV On he Radio, Band Of Horses, Fleet Foxes, MSTRKRFT, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Atmosphere, Mastodon, TRAV$DJ-AM, Henry Rollins, Crookers, Turbonegro, Hercules and Love Affair, Superchunk, Glasvegas, Dr. Dog, Drive-By Truckers, Booker T & The DBT's, Amanda Palmer, The Bloody Beetroots, Surkin, Para One (Live), Calexico, Liars, Bob Mould Band, Zane Lowe, Electric Touch, Blitzen Trapper, James Morrison, Drop the Lime, Glass Candy, Thenewno2, Gang Gang Dance, Billy Talent, Ida Maria, Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti, Zizek, Cloud Cult, Tinariwen.

SUNDAY 19 APRIL: The Cure, My Bloody Valentine, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Throbbing Gristle, Lupe Fiasco, Paul Weller, Peter Bjorn and John, X, Antony & The Johnsons, Roni Size, Public Enemy, Jenny Lewis, Groove Armada, Paolo Nutini, Christopher Lawrence, Lykke Li, The Kills, Okkervil River, M.A.N.D.Y., Clipse, Sebastien Tellier, Fucked Up, Perry Farrell, The Horrors, Late Of The Pier, K'naan, Junior Boys, Brian Jonestown Massacre, Supermayer, No Age, Vivian Girls, Shepard Fairey, Themselves, Gaslight Anthem, The Knux, Mexican Institute Of Sound, The Night Marchers, Marshall Barnes.

That enough for you? Looks pretty good to us.

Coachella tickets are on sale now via Ticketmaster. For the first time, festival promoter Goldenvoice is offering a layaway plan for three-day passes, which is available only online and through Feb. 28.

For more information, visit the official Coachella website.

Joe Bosso

Joe is a freelance journalist who has, over the past few decades, interviewed hundreds of guitarists for Guitar WorldGuitar PlayerMusicRadar and Classic Rock. He is also a former editor of Guitar World, contributing writer for Guitar Aficionado and VP of A&R for Island Records. He’s an enthusiastic guitarist, but he’s nowhere near the likes of the people he interviews. Surprisingly, his skills are more suited to the drums. If you need a drummer for your Beatles tribute band, look him up.