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Report: Rage Against the Machine no longer headlining Coachella 2022

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Rage Against the Machine won’t be headlining Coachella 2022, Billboard reports.

The reunited rap-metal outfit had originally been announced to play the popular California festival in 2020 before it was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Those delays soon turned into cancellations, forcing Coachella to skip both 2020 and 2021.

An August 2021 Los Angeles Times report stated that Rage was still on the bill for Coachella 2022. However, Billboard now confirms that the “Killing in the Name” rockers “will no longer headline” this year’s festival.

Along with Rage, the original Coachella 2020 headliners were Frank Ocean and Travis Scott. Ocean’s set has been moved to 2023, while Billboard reports that Scott was “effectively dropped” after the tragic events of his Astroworld festival killed 10 people.

According to Billboard, Coachella organizers are currently in talks to book Billie Eilish and Kanye West as replacement headliners.

Coachella 2022 will take place April 15-17 and April 22-24.

For Rage, Coachella 2020 was part of the band’s much anticipated reunion tour, which was set to end their nine-year hiatus. That tour was also postponed to 2022, and is currently set to launch March 31 in El Paso, Texas.

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