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Thursday, April 15, 2010

Volcanic Ash Stops Bands From Playing SF and Possibly Coachella

Posted By on Thu, Apr 15, 2010 at 1:32 PM


That damn volcanic ash. Iceland's big volcanic eruption has had a domino effect of canceled flights, closed airports, and, worst of all for music fans, of course, canceled concerts.

Tomorrow night's gig with Bad Lieutenant, the ex-New Order members' US debut at the Regency Ballroom, ain't gonna happen. The UK-based group (Bernard Sumner, Phil Cunningham, Jake Evans, Stephen Morris and Tom Chapman) has been put through the airline shuffle after all British airspace was closed due to ash. So far the group has only canceled its San Francisco gig. No word on if the band will make it to the States in time for this weekend's show at Coachella. 

Speaking of Coachella,  if you're headed south for the weekend music bender, you might want to check in via Twitter and see if all the acts you're eagerly anticipating will actually be able to land in California. NME reports today that the travel plans of Cribs and Frightened Rabbit are all on hold as UK airports figure out when it's safe to allow air travel again. 

As someone who lived in Portland when Mount St. Helens blew its top in the 80s, ash is a hell of a substance to try and clean up. I think we still have a bunch of it buried somewhere in my parents' yard. 

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