But the bands that play Hellfest in France and the Desert Fests in England, Belgium and Germany also are hard rockers that reflect their regional European influences. If there’s another Power Trip, I’d love to see desert or stoner rock represented. That might be the perfect time for Tollett to reunite Kyuss with Josh Homme, Brant Bjork, Nick Oliveri and John Garcia.
I’m not in favor of Power Trip being the annual fall festival at the Empire Polo Club. I know from having interviewed concert promoters across the nation that Tollett is considered a genius for his curating skills. Don’t shackle him!
Goldenvoice’s Phish Festival 8 in 2009 was another of my favorite festivals. Phish played eight sets over three days, including a set of the Rolling Stones’ “Exile On Main Street” in its entirety. Obviously, Phish conceived their program, but Tollett saw the opportunity to showcase them at the home of Coachella and that combination made the fest magical.
Tollett knows what will sell 50,000 to 125,000 tickets a night without having to pander to the lowest common denominator. His mastery of the art of assembling a festival lineup can turn an intellectually compelling idea into a visceral experience.
Let him practice the art of curation, so he can continue to create a variety of masterpieces in what was once a cultural desert.