The guys from super fly once said in an interview that the wifi password at their hq was "kanyesucks" Just sayin..
Yeah, I'm sure that the IT guys at AC/Superfly have a huge say in who plays and who doesn't.
At the end of the day, Bonnaroo is about money. If Kanye West looks like a feasible headliner, and they think he will be a profitable investment, they'd book him. People around here get way too caught up in feelings and forget that this whole enterprise is a business, and a well-run, profitable one at that. Intelligent businessmen don't let foolish personal feelings get in the way of the bottom line.
It goes both ways. I dont think Kanye himself would ever WANT to play Bonnaroo again.
We can beat this horse to death, but I still disagree.
Kanye is not hurting for money, the money he would gain from one headlining gig at a festival would not make or break him one bit.
If $ isn't your fancy, how about vanity?
Kanye is one of the most self-involved people to ever exist on this planet. Don't you think it'd be an adrenaline shot to his ego to come back to a place they said would never welcome him and put on a good show? Wouldn't that be right in line with his "I am Kanye, I run sh!t" mentality?
Kanye should play Roo again and will IMO. He is one of few hip hop acts that can headline a major festival like Roo. Also during his performance at Coachella Capps was tweeting about how spectacular his show was and how he liked how Kanye had Bon Iver out there with him. AC/Superfly knows how big of a draw Kanye is and that they could profit a good deal with him headlining the festival.
Post by RadioSpirit on Dec 7, 2011 18:36:25 GMT -5
This discussion again? I need to just save my response so I can copy and paste it when it comes up every other month:
1. I don't see Watch the Throne being there. They likely won't be active at that point, and the show doesn't lend itself to festival performances. Is it possible? Sure. But at this point, it seems to be popping up on everyone's mocks, and I would put it at just as likely as Paul McCartney or The Rolling Stones. Sure, it's possible, but nothing seems to be pointing to it.
2. Would Kanye play Bonnaroo? I'd imagine so. It's possible that he still holds a grudge against AC/S, but it's just as possible he'd love to redeem himself. It seems like every couple months he's turning over a new leaf (that he always manages to f*ck up), and I think he would love to bring a killer show to Bonnaroo. No way to know, it's much harder to predict the decision-making of a human being than a company (and Kanye is a particularly inscrutable human being), but both seem possible.
3. Would AC/S bring back Kanye? Pro-Kanye people always seem to argue that because Bonnaroo is a business, and they're obviously financially-focused, they will do whatever will make them money, which for some reason means they'll bring back Kanye. That doesn't make sense to me. In any business situation, you can't go in and cause a disaster and burn your bridges, and then expect to be able to do business in the future, even if it would be profitable for both sides. It's not like AC/S is running out of headliners. It always seems to be framed as if AC/S only has the option of booking Kanye, or not making money. If it came down to it, I'm sure Bonnaroo would book Kanye in a second if that's what it took to make money. But Capps talks all the time about the diversity of headliner options, so why would he make an "investment" in something that has proved to be a terrible one? Intelligent businessmen don't engage in transaction that have burned them in the past. Particularly when there's no telling how the crazy hippies react. All it takes is one bozo burn-out to hurl a bottle of piss on stage for there to be a chance of a Kanye-meltdown. There's just too much bad blood, too much unpredictability, too many safer business options for this to be a good business decision, which is why I don't see it.
By agreeing to perform at the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, Kanye West will be compensated in United States currency, and therefore he will have more money.
But you definitely have a point when looking at it from AC's perspective. I mean, what could they possibly have to gain from booking such a hugely popular and successful artist? Might as well stick to Jessfest 2012:
I bet he would put on a good show, and he would do his best to redeem himself.
I do not want him there. It will be a topic of conversation before, during and after the festival and I honestly do not think one 2 hour performance by a prima donna is worth talking about for 5 months never mind 3 years.
There are 3 possible outcomes from his show, right? 1) it kicks ass - then everyone will praise him 2) its good but not great - everyone will talk about how it wasn't worth it 3) he blows/gets booed off stage/pelted - just perpetuates the distaste for this guy
Even option 1 is not REALLY a positive outcome IMO because no matter how you cut it, he should have been on stage on damn time, or at least close to it. Hell, people bitched about the superjam being a half hour late (rightfully so - I was there and I should have gone to EIS instead).
I got no ill will towards him (I wasn't there though) but I just don't see anything positive coming from him coming back.