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Volcanic explosion could wipe out English lineup at Coachella



Coachella Gary Numan, Bernard Sumner and Johnny Marr might have to skip their scheduled gigs at the Coachella musical festival this weekend now that air traffic has been grounded in Europe thanks to ash-sodden skies.

Oh, so NOW you suddenly care about the exploding volcano on Iceland.

"The last thing I expected this morning when I woke up was to hear that volcanic ash might be preventing us from flying to America," Numan wrote on his official website. He is due to play on Sunday. "Very upsetting though to see such a huge opportunity slipping through your fingers. I am glued to the TV news at the moment."

British Airways told the artist they might be able to fly him out Sunday and get him to the gig on time, but without a spare minute for rehearsal.

Marr and his band the Cribs have already canceled. "We are pretty gutted to be frank, currently languishing in the grimmest ferry port after waiting for good news about free airspace that never came," Marr writes on his MySpace page. "The boxing machine in the services doesn't even work so we can't take out our frustrations Queensbury style."

Sumner and his band Bad Lieutenant have canceled a San Francisco show but haven't officially bowed out of Coachella yet, even though they're scheduled to play Saturday. Keep an eye on their official website for updates.

[AP photo]

[Last modified: Wednesday, June 9, 2010 2:58pm]


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