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Incubus’ Brandon Boyd thought When We Were Young lineup was fake: “If it’s real, I think it’s awesome”

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Few festival lineups have turned heads like Las Vegas’ When We Were Young has with headliners My Chemical Romance and Paramore, plus pretty much every other band you might’ve heard in a Hot Topic in 2006. But in between the exclamations of joy from scene kids of all ages were some nagging doubts that the bill was too good to be true.

That was the first thought of Incubus frontman Brandon Boyd, who tells ALT CTRL Radio on Apple Music 1 that he didn’t believe the When We Were Young lineup poster was “real” when he came across it.

“I thought it was one of those like meme things that pop on my Instagram,” Boyd shares. “It’s like, ‘This is my dream show from the early aughts.'”

“That’s kind of where my head went first, but if it’s real, I think it’s awesome,” he adds. “I think if that’s what people want to do, then that’s perfectly fine.”

Incubus is not on the lineup for When We Were Young, though as the frontman for a band that had their biggest hits in the early 2000s, Boyd is no stranger to aughts nostalgia. It’s a concept that Boyd says he “struggle[s] with a little bit,” but thinks is ultimately “unavoidable.”

“We have people that have been listening to the music that we’re making…a lot of them since they were teenagers, and now they’re parents,” Boyd says. “So they hear these songs, and it’s nostalgic for them.”

“I can’t completely poo poo it, or turn away from it, or avoid it, because that would be foolish,” he adds. “So I do a little dance with nostalgia.”

When We Were Young takes place October 22, 23 and 29.

Boyd, meanwhile, will release a new solo album, Echoes & Cocoons, on March 11.

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