ACL 2012 Rumors: 10 Bands That Could Make the Cut (No, Not Radiohead)

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The Chili Peppers have a good chance of being ACL headliners this year.
Before we begin, Radiohead is in Europe for the duration of this year's Austin City Limits Music Festival. They will not fly 12 hours to play a field in Austin.

Ah, it just wouldn't be May without ACL rumors running rampant. Rocks Off is guilty every year of stoking the fire, sometimes just one day after we all get back from the last one.

It begins every year around this time, in the lull after SXSW, before Free Press Summer Fest and just as the summer concert season begins pulling itself together as road packages get announced for the bigger venues.

It's a tradition now to handicap who will play ACL, which this year is slated for October 12-14 in Austin's Zilker Park, and as always we will get shit wrong and be way off on some if not all the names on the bill.

For one, we will bet cold hard cash (at least a few bucks) that burgeoning Austin blues institution Gary Clark Jr. will be at ACL. He has become a rock-solid festival draw and he slays crowds.

What about our locals who are getting more national acclaim, like Robert Ellis and Buxton? They aren't bad picks either to play a smaller stage at Zilker. Both acts look to be clear that week so far. Right, dudes?


Red Hot Chili Peppers: A new album, I'm With You, came last August and was a bit of a non-starter, though they can still sell out arenas including Toyota Center. The Chili Peppers seem festival-ready, and they have nothing on their plates around this time in their schedule, save for Houston and San Antonio dates. Not only that, they fit in perfectly with ACL's college-age demo and older folks who remember listening to Blood Sugar Sex Magik on cassette.


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Foo Fighters: They last played ACL in October 2008, so they are due back, and they should be winding down the cycle for last year's Wasting Light by the fall if not earlier.


No Doubt: A new album hits September 25, and they are now working on a second generation of fans who are rediscovering their breakthrough album Tragic Kingdom, which turns 17 years old this year. You read that right.


Animal Collective: A new album, a warm relationship with Austin and a large fan base could make this happen. Expect at least a late-afternoon Technicolor display, or even an afterparty at Stubb's across town.


Muse: The trio is supposed to be turning in a new record this fall, and they have been off the road for a few years now, at least in the States. Their turn at ACL '07 solidified their headliner status, filling in for the White Stripes.


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Jack White: Speaking of the Stripes, a Jack White solo set isn't so farfetched, either. Blunderbuss is a fun album, and I wanna hear it live. Too bad the line at his SXSW showcase was three hours long.


Florence + the Machine There haven't been many female headliners at ACL, and F&M would be a perfect fit. All those robes and shit.


Ryan Adams: Please, at least for me? I mean, with a wife like Mandy Moore, I wouldn't be too thrilled about getting on the road and being around farting dudes and roadies, either.


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GlenW
GlenW

Gimme some MOTORHEAD \m/

Craig Hlavaty
Craig Hlavaty

 Their schedule does look clear that week. :)

Tom Kozy
Tom Kozy

CSN&Y playing Austin before ACL.

GW
GW

Young is not playing with CSN.

OldSouthAustinHippy
OldSouthAustinHippy

Gotye has no concert events or ACL tapings lined up so I expect he'll be there.

marsvolta
marsvolta

ACL needs to make up for last years disappointment. You would expect 10 yr anniversary be better. we all have our taste in music, but not to big on bands such as M83 or florence or any band or singer who is above 55 yrs old. But im sure it'll happen, but if so, i hope each one is a second close out to RHCP, Black Keys, Jack White or ATDI, if they all end up going. Would make choosing which close out show to chose easier unlike having your two best bands at the show close out at the same time. Referring to Kanye and Coldplay last year. 

Craig Hlavaty
Craig Hlavaty

 I think that ATDI is more of a Fun Fest band, but you never can tell.

llamaoftime
llamaoftime

Black Keys play everything and their tour dates fit perfectly, so thats probably happening

CID
CID

The Black Keys are a headliner this year

Bobby Freshpants
Bobby Freshpants

Muse suck. I would rather listen to a mixtape of my bosses farts!

Sevlikesmetal
Sevlikesmetal

Your boss must have some killer musical carts

Rb
Rb

Pearl Jam aint coming back nor are the Foos.... ACL Fest lost it's buzz years ago when they had the GD Eagles headline, its just a corporate event now.  Which reminds me, look for Springsteen as a possibilty.

Craig Hlavaty
Craig Hlavaty

 PJ and the Foos mean "buzz"? They are pretty mainstream Gen X normal now.

Breeze
Breeze

Hey rb, the Eagles were just there last year, not years ago and please explain to me how one band makes it a Corporate event.

autumn
autumn

 Eagles were two years ago.

Breeze
Breeze

Correct Autumn, that was in 2010, Stevie and Arcade Fire was last year. Still not sure how the Eagles made ACL a Corporate event. I mean hasn't it always been sponsored by Corporations like AMD, Honda, AT&T, etc.?

Breeze
Breeze

I would be suprised if PJ was back this soon after headlining in 2009, the Foos are a maybe since they have the new CD , but they were also there in 2008. Muse headlined in 2010, so I would think they would be out. Florence and M83 are most likely there since both of their tours leave them close to ATX a few days before. The Neil Young thing could happen, maybe even a CSN&Y show. Suprised you didn't throw the Beach Boys in there since they would fit the Eagles, Dylan, Morrison headliners of the past years.

MarcoFromHouston
MarcoFromHouston

Muse was a headliner on one of the big stages in 2010.

I'm hoping for Dr Dre/Snoop/Holo-Pac to headline!

Craig Hater
Craig Hater

yeah good call marco, this geek didn't remember that??  

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