Rock Music Scene Heating Up
Summer 2017 is shaping up to be a music blockbuster with the release of a number of highly anticipated cds and a plethora of rock festivals and extensive tours. New discs from Linkin Park, Nine Inch Nails, Maroon 5, The White Stripes, R Kelly, Rihanna, Bjork, Paul McCartney, Ozzy Osbourne, Velvet Revolver and Marilyn Manson are expected soon. Festival mainstays, Coachella, Download, Ozzfest, Family Values, and the Warped Tour have already been announced. If you are a music lover, you won’t have to look far to be entertained.
Perhaps the most exciting news is the announcement that Ozzfest 2017 will be a free Live Nation sponsored event this year. Fans can get tickets on a first-come-first-serve basis for each venue. The 25 date trek begins July 5 in Los Angeles. This year Ozzy Osbourne returns to headline the main stage with Lamb of God and Lordi. Hatebreed will be headlining the second stage. Meanwhile, Korn has announced that they will be co-headlining the Family Values Tour with Evanescence with Atreyu, Flyleaf, Hellyeah, and Trivium along for the ride. A Rage Against the Machine reunion tops the bill for Coachella this year and this year’s Download festival is a A to Z guide of the rock world including Metallica, Motley Crue, Shadows Fall, Stone Sour, Marilyn Manson, and Slayer. Although it has yet to be officially announced, it appears that Linkin Park will be reviving their Project Revolution tour with rumors that My Chemical Romance, H.I.M., Taking Back Sunday, and Mindless Self Indulgence will be joining them.
While the festivals are getting most of the attention, there are a number of artists getting ready to tour as well. Lynyrd Skynyrd, the Dave Mathews Band, Gwen Stefani, Velvet Revolver, Beyonce, Kenny Chesney, Rush, Stevie Nicks, Fall Out Boy, Weird Al, The Police, and Genesis have announced summer tour dates. In addition, there are rumors of a Metallica/Aerosmith tour, more Bob Seger dates, and a possible Nine Inch Nails tour later this year.
If that doesn’t excite you, there’s always the slim possibility that Guns N’ Roses will release Chinese Democracy or Dr. Dre will release the long anticipated Detox.