The first part of the email is dealing with an argument on the acl fest BBS about Attal actually booking the show by himself or not, but it leads into the meat of what I wante to post about today, so I left it in.
Someone challenged that Charles Attal is NOT doing all the booking personally- This is false. I called Mrs. Amy Corbin, VP at Charles Attal Presents (the "Attal Booking" division) just a while ago, and she was once again willing to pump out some info and tid bits on the fest- But first to the info. on Charles...
Contrary to popular belief, Attal actually has done all the booking this year, for both Lolla and for ACL. Most all of the acts are signed well in advance of the lineup release, insuring no foul- ups. Because of last years leak, Attal decided that not only would he do all the booking inside his own company, but the top 40% of the acts that he pursued he did so personally, and he has been keeping the finalized list incredibly secret. As of now, the only people who have seen the signed artists are the executives at C3, three pay scales down from the top(from President to Marketing VP), as well as the President of CSE, and Marketing managers that are in charge of ACL Fest productions.
So to say that Charles doesn't do all the booking personally is false, he does. Amy informed me that there is a cut off deadline of May 2nd at 5:00 P.M., and at that time there will be an executive meeting at C3 to inform the hierarchy of the finalized list, and call all of the record labels, band managers and reps. as well as bands to inform them of when the final list will be announced. Artists who were signed with "time constraints" will be told what day they will be playing, but not the time because the scheduling process has not yet begun.
Lastly, the finalized list will be formally constructed on May 6th or 7th, depending on Attals traveling constraints, and will be handed over to CSE on appox. May 8th, when the "Marketing Managers" will then take the list to their people, who will plug the names into the web site design as well as other medias.
THATS THE SCOOP! Amy told me that CSE will run a live 2 minute test of the lineup page with this years list on May 9th during the afternoon, just to confirm that the design works correctly- So you may want to have all the blood sucking ACL fans click onto the official page a million times that day, it may actually work!
The only other bit of info. I got out of Amy was that ACL is already being heralded as the "best festival of 2007" by many in the "biz" who know Charles personally and have been clued into the bands that are playing. My advice is this- One, get ready for a big surprise, something that nobody could have ever guessed, and two: Don't believe ANY lists- they are all fake.
Heres my last comment- I emailed the fake list (both the one from ACLFAN and the one you put up on your site, I didn't know if they were any different), and Amy went through and highlighted all the bands that would be playing- This is the quote she gave me on the phone, verbatim, "Well, I have 69 bands here! I am probably forgetting some, but for the most part the core of this list is correct....I mean, there is no Stevie Wonder, there is no Bob Dylan, there is no Neil Young, but all in all, this is a pretty good guess!"
I find this to be pretty interesting.
if you take that long list, take out Dylan, Young and Wonder and then just list 69 acts in reverse order of what you look forward to, I bet you still come up with a great list.
Also, with that update, we find out we are only a week or so away from the line up coming out.
The bump in the date leads me to believe that either A)we might be on to something as far as the line up goes, and CAP/CSE wants to get the line up out before it really breaks out or B)this was the plan all along.
Again, until we see the list from Attal (or get some confirms from band's pages) we will look at this as rumor.