Amy Winehouse is set to make her live comeback in the coming weeks, only it’s not when and where most of us were expecting. According to a report on NME.com, the British singer/songwriter will join Keane, Paul Weller, The Fratellis, and Cat Stevens among others to play “Island Life,” a series of shows at London’s Shepherds Bush Empire in May to mark the 50th anniversary of Island Records.
Now at this point you’re probably saying to yourself, “Hey, wait a minute. How can Winehouse’s ‘Island Life’ performance mark her live comeback? Isn’t she scheduled to take part in this year’s Coachella one month earlier?” Well, she was, but according to spokesman Chris Goodman via Billboard.com, ” in light of current legal issues,” those current plans have been scrapped – or in other words, Winehouse has canceled her Coachella appearance. The legal issues at hand appear to relate to charges brought against Winehouse last week after she allegedly punched a fan. Because of the these charges, the 25-year-old will not receive a U.S. visa, and thus, won’t be able to travel to Indio in mid-April for Coachella.
As for what this means for said festival? Well, we were already expecting a few more additions to this year’s lineup, but the cancellation of Winehouse leaves a serious void in an already semi-weak Saturday lineup. Let’s just say organizers have their work cut out of them, though considering some of the current rumors we’ve been hearing, it looks like we won’t have much to worry about.
“Island Life” 2009 Dates:
05/26 – Sly And Robbie, The Compass Point Allstars
05/27 – The Fratellis, Bombay Bicycle Club
05/28 – Cat Stevens and friends, Baaba Maal
05/29 – Paul Weller, Ernest Ranglin, Spooky Tooth
05/30 – Keane, Tom Tom Club, Ladyhawke
05/31 – Amy Winehouse, Toots And The Maytals, I Blame Coco