Saturday Questions

Saturday question #8: Dream Festival

Welcome to the eighth edition of Saturday questions.

You’re curating a fictional festival and you can invite anyone you want. What’s your line-up?

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  • Aquilo

    My perfect lineup for a concert? It would start with RHCP, for an hour and a half set. Then the White Stripes would play for an hour. The Foo Fighters would take up where the Stripes left off, and play for an hour. Dave Matthews band would do a set. After that all of them would get on stage at once and play something…hopefully turning into an insane jam.

    I know the last part would never really happen….but a guy can dream…plus, its fictional 😛

  • Niek

    My setlist:

    rage against the machine
    red hot chili peppers

    only the thought of such a festival makes my crazy :mrgreen:
    i’ve seen the Peppers already, but if i get a chance to see a live show of john… than i don’t know, I think i can’t believe it 😆 but his albums makes my already verry happy 😉

  • behnood

    First the supporting acts:
    1. Megadeth, 2.Opeth, 3.Metallica, 4.Radiohead, 5. Green Day….each playing 3 songs only for Green Day to play two more.
    And then the Chili Peppers will enlighten the stage as the headliners with a 2 hour setlist and numerous improvisations….
    To wrap up the day,John would play “Anne” with an acoustic guitar………

  • Tobias Klevig

    My Setlist:

    Manic Street Preachers
    John Frusciante
    Thomas Dybdahl
    Arctic Monkeys
    The Who
    Michael Jackson
    New Order
    The Killers

  • Máté

    Well, first of all John and the RHCP. Then John Mayer, Radiohead, and Blur. Oh, and Kispál és a Borz but I don’t think anyone knows them 🙂

  • daniel

    Very good Question;)


    Dizzee Rascal
    Bernard Allison
    Walter Trout
    Aphex Twin
    Popa Chubby
    Marcus Miller
    Headliner: Led Zeppelin


    Dinosaur Jr
    Roger Chapman
    Tony Levin
    Wolfgang Haffner
    Victor Wooten
    Siouxsie and the Banshees
    B.B. King
    Headliner: The Mars Volta


    Talking Heads
    Captain Beefheart
    Van der Graaf Generator
    Venetian Snares
    Zechs Marquise
    Headliner: Red Hot Chili Peppers

  • Jakk

    Okay, absolute fantasy here, but bear with me, haha.

    John Frusciante starts out with an awesome acoustic set, then he would play ALL of the Empyrean. Every song. Including the bonus tracks, because they are awesome.
    State Radio would play with their patented awesome energy
    Zappa Plays Zappa would feature Vai, Napoleon Murphy Brock and Terry Bozzio
    Jeff Beck, because he changed rock music forever and I still haven’t seen him and he might die soon
    Return to Forever would play a seriously energetic set, and Al Di Meola would play an acoustic set right after, then Chick Corea would do his solo stuff too
    Chickenfoot would play their hearts off, with at least one sick Chad Smith drum solo, then
    Joe Satriani would play on his own, and sing to us his beautiful guitar melodies
    Eric Clapton would set up a few songs himself, then Ginger Baker and Jack Bruce would step up and do a few Cream songs with him
    Pearl Jam would smash everyone’s faces with their awesomeness,
    Velvet Revolver would reveal their singer was Chris Cornell all the time and play an awesome set
    Liquid Tension Experiment would play their entire second album, before being joined by the rest of Dream Theater
    The Bicycle Thief would re-unite and Johnny Fru would join Josh and lay some awesome solos in there

    The headliners would, of course, be RHCP with a 9000+ hour set
    And for an encore, Jimi Hendrix would come back from the dead and play with them. And I would die of happiness.

  • mADAMe

    i would make a festival in my living room in front of 5 people with the following bands:

    – Talking Heads
    – Funkadelic
    – King Crimson
    – Helge Schneider
    – Fugazi
    – The Clash
    – Wu-Tang Clan
    – Frank Zappa
    – M.I.A.
    – Kazik Na Zywo
    – The Cure
    and then John Frusciante performing the whole “The Empyrean” album
    followed by an allstar jam feat. Damo Suzuki, Buckethead and me (xD) as special guests…

    i would play triangle…

  • chickenbot

    well day one would start off with
    fever ray
    a place to bury strangers
    tv on the radio… and to top off the day a
    pavement reunion

    second day would be
    circle jerks
    cat power
    and end the day with a half acoustic solo/half electric band john frusciante set

    third day
    jane’s addiction
    the evens
    animal collective
    yeah yeah yeahs
    and a fugazi reunion playing every song they ever wrote

  • dilraj

    okay ahah here we go
    (in no order)
    david bowie
    daft punk
    jimi hendrix;)
    john frusciante
    kings of leon
    sly and the family stone
    jack johnson
    pink floyd
    red hot chili peppers (headliners :D)

  • Bojana

    Well, my dream festival would last at least 7 days 😛 And the performers: Lily Allen [every night!], RHCP, John, Nine Inch Nails, The Mars Volta, Queens of the stone age, Depeche Mode, The Cure, Foo Fighters, Bruce Springsteen, Client, A Perfect circle, Duffy, REM, Auf der Maur, Jane’s addiction, Faith no more, Manic street preachers, Mogwai, Mudhoney, Sonic Youth, Nine Black Alps, The White Stripes…..

  • chrisgregory05

    Well, it’d start off around lunch time with:

    Acoustic Afternoon:
    Fleetwood Mac
    John Frusciante
    Rodrigo y Gabriela

    Then an Evening of Rock:

    Queens of the Stone Age
    Foo Fighters
    Red Hot Chili Peppers

    Then a Psychedellic Night:
    Dream Theater
    Pink Floyd

    The day after, Floyd would do Dark Side of the Moon with John as a guest, and then John would do The Empyrean with Gilmour as a guest. 😀

  • Kerttu

    Well, I guess that all of the dream festivals mentioned before me would be cool to visit.
    But here’s mine:

    1st day:
    Bon Iver
    The Shins
    Fleet Foxes
    And finally Jose Gonzalez would make my day.

    2nd day:
    Dave Matthews
    Foo Fighters
    The Mars Volta
    Red Hot Chili Peppers
    And finally John Frusciante

  • Allen

    😀 😀 Good question.It would have to be a weekend festival

    SATURDAY: Greenday open with a 45 minute set

    Radiohead play for 30 mins and finish with ”just” cause its amazing

    Blur would then play for 30mins
    Manic Street Preachers would then play for 40 mins then there would be a 10 minute break with free drink and t shirts of the bands 🙂

    Paramore would play for 30 minutes and then they would jam with Blur just for fun.

    The Offspring would then play a stunning hour set and the chilli’s would finish the night with a 2 hour set including songs from the Hillel albums cause they all rule to. (;

    SUNDAY: Muse would open with knights of kydonia and would play for an hour then some guitar improv from Matt.

    Audioslave would re-unite just for this show and would play for an hour

    poor Tom would have to keep playing cause Rage Against the Machine would then play for an hour and finish with an extended ”Killing in the Name of”

    Linkin Park would play their heaviest set ever for 45minutes.

    John would then play a 2 hour acoustic set then he would bring out his jag and effects pedal for unreachable and then the choir would come and help him with Dark/Light.

    The lights would then go out and the Chilli’s would finish of again with a 3 hour set that would be recorded for a DVD/CD entitled ”The Best Show Of All Time”. It would be sold in HMV and would be given away for free to anyone who had a ticket to the show so they could see it again.Plus all money from it would go to charity.


  • Chris

    It would be……

    1st Day:
    Ben Harper
    Brendan Benson

    2nd Day:

    Rage Against The Machine
    Nine Inch Nails

    3rd Day:

    Red Hot Chili Peppers
    Mars Volta

    Its all still possible!

  • shalhevet

    that’s an interesting question. well my line up will be: ( very long one!)

    red hot chili peppers
    the mars volta
    sly stone
    bootsy collins
    joy division
    josh klinghoffer ( with the chili peppers and john)
    the circle jerks
    the bombastic meatbats
    foo fighters
    johnny marr
    bicycle thief

    and the list go on………

  • charlie wood

    wel id have to have a tent show before the mainstage, those performers would be : daft punk. Wu-Tang Clan. micheal jackson. Floors and Walls.

    then for the mainstage id have : rolling stones. RHCP. Ataxia.jimi hendrix.

    then the show topped off by a full live performance of the empyrean, complete with an orcestra and choir. and of corse john Frusciante 😀

  • Alan

    Short Sets

    Death Cab
    The Shins
    Arcade Fire
    The Gaslight Anthem
    Yea Yeah Yeahs
    Kings Of Leon

    Long Sets

    The Killers
    Cajun Dance Party
    The Strokes
    White Lies
    The Cribs
    Maximo Park

  • frazzyJF

    Day One:
    Rage Against the Machine
    Iron Maiden
    Black Sabbath (with Ozzy)
    Led Zeppelin

    Day Two:
    James Brown
    Van Halen
    Jimi Hendrix
    Guns N Roses
    Paul Simon

    Day Three:
    Lamb of God
    Bloc Party
    State Radio
    RHCP (all songs in order of appearance)
    John Frusciante (all songs, preferably a random shuffle, but must end with acoustic Your Pussys…)

    • behnood

      The most similar line up to mine…I really donno why others dropped the heavy metal bands such as Metallica and Megadeth,so I’m very pleased to see you include them in your list…but let’s not forget that RHCP are way ahead of all these bands,anyways.

  • sam

    red hot chili peppers
    yeah yeah yeahs
    the white stripes
    queens of the stone age
    eagles of death metal
    le tigre
    vampire weekend
    against me!
    tegan and sara
    devendra banhart
    regina spektor
    the strokes
    david bowie

  • Matty

    King Crimson
    Pink Floyd
    John Frusciante
    Omar Alfredo Rodriguez Lopez
    The Mars Volta (ft. John Frusciante)

    Just thinking about the concert makes me all giddy… too bad this is only a fictional set list 🙁

  • 3xore

    Day one:

    Sigur Rós
    P J Harvey
    Nine Inch Nails

    Day two:

    Mark Lanegan
    David Gilmour
    Cat Power
    Eric Avery
    Omar A. Rodrigues-Lopez
    John Frusciante

    Day three:


  • Janis

    my lineup, would be something like this

    John Frusciante (performing Walls!)
    John Cale
    The Diary of IC Explura
    RHCP of ’85
    Philip Glass

  • Walter

    The dream set- will require the UN to shift their focus from world affairs and instead to egotistical primadonnas in order to make it happen but whatever 😀

    (I belive that there shouldn’t be too many bands at once- makes you unable to appreciate the music fully)

    Depeche Mode

    Pink Floyd (RIP Richard Wright)


    Queens Of The Stone Age

    Led Zeppelin

    The Mars Volta
    The White Stripes

    Red Hot Chili Peppers

    Other acts could include
    – The Who
    – The Hives
    – Muse
    – Jack Johnson
    – Donovan
    – Dire Straits
    – David Bowie
    – Billy Joel
    – Eric Clapton
    – Bob Dylan
    – Queen
    – Paul Simon

    And many more….

    As for Frusciante (solo)- I don’t want to see him performing a festival- I would rather have a string of club dates with different focus (his electronic stuff, acoustic, rock-etc) and finish it up with the Empyrean in all its glory- faithfuly accompanied by Klinghoffer, Flea, the New Dimension Singers and the Sonus Quartet.

    Ataxia could possibly also play at the festival, but i’d rather see them doing two nights at som club- half jam, half with their released material (not separated by which night though)

    Janis – I agree with you when it comes to Walls- amazing track!

  • Mike Negrete

    Well, if it’s a festival, it would have to last all day, so i would start it with something light like John Frusciante playing an acoustic set while there is still light, for about an hour, following would be Warpaint, after that it would be nice to hear Janes Addiction, while dawn we could have the Red Hot chili Peppers for a while… then two Chili Peppers would leave the stage leaving Flea and John with guest musicians to play The Empyrian!….. finalizing in a long jam with porevious musicians…. i wouldn´t need anyhing else after that…. i’m sure it would be awesome!!

    hello to everyone, specially to John… from more than 20 years fan from Mexico who went to 2 Chili Peppers concerts down here and when there was a third concert and i didn´t go…….. i crashed next day to near death on the road……… Mike Negrete

  • Crinkit

    Dream Fest 09

    Well I’m assuming that this doesnt only apply to current active bands, which means im very limited seeing as how RHCP isn’t even current and active.

    Night one

    Thelonious Monster
    Iron Maiden
    Tom Petty
    Bob Dylan (Headliner)

    Night two

    John Frusciante
    Eagles of Death Metal
    Elvis Costello
    Jane’s Addiction
    RHCP (Headliner)

    Night three

    The Cure
    The Cult
    The Clash
    The Doors
    The Cars
    The Beatles (Headliner)

  • a.m.

    Nine Inch Nails
    Joe Lally
    Neil Young
    The Editors
    Jane’s Addiction
    The Jakeys (my band)

    The Jimi Hendrix Experience

  • jrcsgtpeppers

    I will use people who are still living, that makes playing much easier.

    This is just a one day event, spanning the entire day, let’s say from 8:00a.m. to 12:00p.m.

    Red Hot Chili Peppers

    Peter Frampton
    Pearl Jam
    Foo Fighters
    Journey (Pretend that Mr. Rollie rejoined and they played pre-Steve Perry Stuff)
    Deep Purple (With Ritchie Blackmore Mach 3 I think?)

    Buckethead (He can take up a lot of time to help with the flow of things

    2nd Half
    Allmand Bros.
    Tom Petty
    Led Zeppelin (Mr Plant got things worked out)
    Pink Floyd (They could use Mr Rollie on keyboards)
    the Beatles (Eric Clapton -guitars, Paul McCartney -Vocals/Bass, Ringo -Drums)

  • Sybrand

    Small stage.

    Day 1:
    13:50 – 14:35 Alamo Race Track
    14:50 – 16:00 Beirut
    16:15 – 17:00 !!!
    17:15 – 18:00 Blood Red Shoes
    18:15 – 20:05 Sigur Rós (with Amiina and brass band)
    20:20 – 21:50 Ataxia
    22:05 – 22:50 Low
    23:00 – 04:00 The Mars Volta (John joins them on Take The Veil Cerpin Taxt)

    Day 2:
    12:30 – 13:15 Room Eleven
    13:30 – 14:45 Bloc Party
    15:00 – 16:00 Kanye West
    16:15 – 18:30 John Frusciante
    18:45 – 20:15 Joy Division
    20:30 – 22:00 Röyksopp
    22:15 – 23:45 Neutral Milk Hotel
    00:00 – 01:15 The Clash

    In the stadium next door:
    01:30 – 03:45 Queen

    Day 3:
    12:15 – 13:15 Skik
    13:30 – 14:20 C-mon & Kypski
    14:35 – 15:25 Yann Tiersen
    15:40 – 17:10 At The Drive-In
    17:25 – 19:25 Talking Heads
    19:40 – 21:00 Björk
    21:15 – 22:50 Omar Rodriguez
    23:05 – 00:00 The Dø
    00:15 – 03:00 Red Hot Chili Peppers (with Omar Rodriguez & Josh Klinghoffer on Dosed)

  • Fru666

    1st day

    Arctic Monkeys
    Bon Jovi

    2nd day

    Led Zeppelin
    John ft. RHCP