The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is known for a lot of things: its amazing, scenic location on polo fields in Palm Spring, California, a star-studded VIP area and, of course, top flight lineups that include at least one or more brain-busting reunions of classic bands no one ever thought they’d see again.
Over the years, that list has included such landmark acts as the Pixies, Rage Against the Machine, My Bloody Valentine, the Stooges, and, in 2012, Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg along with a hologram of Tupac Shakur.
But on Wednesday, OutKast may have jumped to the top of that list. After rumors swirled in late 2013 that Big Boi and Andre 3000 might be considering a reunion after nearly seven years off the grid, fans were understandably geeked when the whispers were confirmed. (Big Boi also confirmed on Thursday that they would be headlining New York’s Governor’s Ball festival.)
After all, the best-selling hip-hip duo of all time went on indefinite hiatus less than three years after scoring the biggest smash of their career with the history-making double solo album Speakerboxxx/The Love Below .
Now that the news is official, we’re going to break down the seven reasons why their Coachella set could break the Internet:
The Hip-Hop Sgt. Pepper’s
In addition to selling millions, Speakerboxxx was a landmark artistic statement from the ATL duo, mixing George Clinton-style funk with experimental pop, jazz and just about everything else. Its arrangements were so complicated that it seemed unlikely the duo could reproduce it live. Well, like the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, another complicated musical manifesto, Dre and Boi never did take it to the stage.
The First Time Is The Best
In fact, aside from a few awards show performances, OutKast never played the majority of the album’s tracks for any audience. They never mounted a tour in support of Speakerboxx, which means Coachella will represent the live debut of the most well-known (and arguably important) album in their illustrious career.
Andre Is Afraid
One of the reasons that OutKast reportedly never toured was because, according to pal Cee Lo , Dre developed crippling stage fright, making a traditional tour impossible. “He just said he had a severe case of stage fright and just kind of been away from the game and didn’t know if he could truly live up,” Cee Lo said of Dre.
We Need New Dre
While Big Boi has been holding the music side of the equation down for the past six years with a string of solo albums, mixtapes and features, Dre has focused mostly on well-selected guest verses and, lately, portraying guitar god Jimi Hendrix in the upcoming biopic “All Is By My Side.” Hopefully, Coachella is the thing that restarts his music mojo.
What Will They Wear?
One of the most fun things about OutKast was their out-of-this-universe sartorial taste. While Boi typically keeps things low-key with crisp hats, fly shades, suits and bow ties, Andre always goes for the flash: bold colors and stripes, vests, neckerchiefs, pocket squares, lots of plaid, vintage preppy looks and pink, tons of pink.
More In Store?
Perhaps the biggest upside of the reunion is just that: it could be the first step toward new music from ’Kast, which fans have been eagerly awaiting for years. The gig is reportedly the start of a busy year for the pair, who are said to be considering some more dates and, fingers crossed, thinking about booking studio time as well.
Everyone Loves A Comeback
There’s a reason the Coachella reunions always make huge news: everyone loves a getback. It’s why Justin Timberlake crushed the game in 2013 and it’s been way too long since we’ve seen Dre and Big Boi side-by-side. Hell, maybe this could even be the first step in reuniting the whole Dungeon Family!