Despite the listing on the Austin American Statesman homepage yesterday and this morning that said "SXSW Releases Complete Band List" or "South By Southwest releases pretty dang complete band list" the list released by SXSW is NOT the final complete band list and by my estimate is far from being even close. Both my sources and SXSW have been saying for months that we should expect between 1600-1700 artists acts and bands, and the list released by SXSW is lacking at least 400-500 acts as yet, including the headliners! So, chill out, the list is not complete, the headliners have not been named, we still have a ways to go. SXSW released this list a full month earlier than last years list and I am certain that many artists have not finalized their schedules and travel arrangements. While the SXSW's list is a great starting point, there will be more bands added, and it will be updated frequently.
Now, to clear up another SXSW rumor, Paul Collin's Beat will NOT, repeat will NOT be appearing at this years SXSW festival. Though they attended both in 2007 and 2008, they will be touring in January and February, and resting in March. Paul says he will miss having cabrito this year but they are planning on returning in 2010. In the meantime he invites everyone out to catch him on his latest tour, and check out his short story "Pete the Fly", which was just published in the New York Press.
Well our list of confirmed SXSW bands stands at roughly 500, give or take a few. Though not many headline acts have announced so far, the list has a number of tasty morsels. Odds are that this will be my last update to the unofficial list as word is that the official SXSW band list will be released soon, maybe on Thursday when the new Austin Chronicle drops. I was able to move a number of bands from the rumored list to the confirmed list, though once again none of the headliners. I expect some of my headliners, especially the Faces, to confirm, while others will drop away. Additionally I expect more headliners to be announced after the main band list has been posted, as schedules firm up. In the end though you never know who will play SXSW until after it's all over, which is part of the fun. Last year we had the Black Crowes and Dolly Parton announced as headliners, but both canceled as show time drew near. We also had Motorhead show up and play a day party with little notice. You just never know.
I am now gearing up to do phone interviews with SXSW bands. If your a SXSW band and want to give us a heads up on what to expect at your gig, drop us a note and we will schedule you for an interview. To check out our list of bands that are either rumored or confirmed for SXSW09 please go to http://club.kingsnake.com/index.php/pages/SXSWBands09.html
We have been invited to cover SXSW again this year so expect to see lots and lots of pictures.
In an exclusive podcast interview by our cold blooded parent site kingsnake.com, Kerry King, founding member of legendary thrash metal band Slayer confirmed that the band is entering the studio in February to work on a new disc, and that Slayer will tour again in July. With a good portion of the 30 minute "reptile" interview dedicated to talking about the band and it's music, both reptile fans and Slayer fans will find something of interest in the broadcast.
Interviewed by kingsnake.com web radio's host, former All Pro Linebacker Chad Brown (Pittsburgh Steelers, Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots), this marks Chad's debut as the host of the long running podcast series. During the interview King discusses such topics as who scoops the poop when he's on the road, how Slayer writes songs, how many times his snakes have copulated this year, and where Slayer used to practice before they got famous. Needless to say it will probably be one of the strangest rock and roll interviews you have listened to, at least this year, at least so far. The year is early and maybe Jonathan Davis wants to call us to talk about his scorpion collection.