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Guitar God Eddie Van Halen Dies at 65

Rest In Peace Legend

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Guitar icon and Van Halen co-founder Eddie Van Halen, whose innovative and explosive guitar playing pushed the rock band to the top of the album charts for two decades, died on Tuesday morning after a long battle with cancer. He was 65.

Van Halen’s son Wolf announced the news. “He was the best father I could ever ask for. Every moment I’ve shared with him on and off stage was a gift. My heart is broken and I don’t think I’ll ever fully recover from this loss,” Wolf Van Halen tweeted.

Van Halen formed in 1972 and became one of the hard rock bands of the ’70s and ’80s, with Eddie’s signature guitar style — equal parts skill, flash and muscle — proving highly influential on the glam metal scene in particular, as well as the connective tissue between the David Lee Roth and Sammy Hagar years.

With his distinct solos, Eddie Van Halen fueled the ultimate California party band and helped knock disco off the charts starting in the late 1970s with his band’s self-titled debut album and then with the blockbuster record “1984,” which contains the classics “Jump,” “Panama” and “Hot for Teacher.”

Van Halen is among the top 20 best-selling artists of all time and the band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007. Rolling Stone magazine put Eddie Van Halen at No. 8 in its list of the 100 greatest guitarists.

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Spoon Announce 2021 Tour

The band has U.S. dates with St. Vincent, Nicole Atkins and Mereba.

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Texas indie rockers, Spoon have announced their return to the stage with their first tour in over a year.  Nicole Atkins will provide support through the run, and Spoon will open for St. Vincent on a number of shows.

Spoon are also set to appear at Eddie Vedder’s Ohana Fest and Wilco’s Sky Blue Sky.

This marks the group’s first performances since their 30-date run with Beck and Cage the Elephant in 2019.

Last year, Spoon teamed up with Matador Records to reissue much of their back catalog. Additionally, the band release a fan-curated compilation called All the Weird Kids Up Front (Más Rolas Chidas).

Tickets and additional information regarding the upcoming tour can be found at spoontheband.com.

Spoon 2021-22 Tour Dates
09/03 – Ogden, UT @ Ogden Twilight Series
09/04 – Aspen, CO @ Belly Up *
09/05 – Aspen, CO @ Belly Up *
09/07 – Boulder, CO @ Boulder Theater *
09/09 – Des Moines, IA @ Hoyt Sherman Place *
09/10 – Fargo, ND @ Fargo Brewing *
09/22 – Paso Robles, CA @ Vina Robles Amphitheatre #
09/23 – Berkley, CA @ The Greek Theater #
09/24 – Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl #^
09/25 – Dana Point, CA @ Ohana Fest
10/17 – Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground *
10/18 – Portland, ME @ State Theatre *
10/19 – Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance Theater *
10/21 – Port Chester, NY @ Capitol Theatre *
10/23 – Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel *
10/24 – Jersey City, NJ @ White Eagle Hall *
01/17-22 – Riviera Maya, Mexico @ Wilco’s Sky Blue Sky

* Nicole Atkins
# St. Vincent
^ Mereba

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Billie Eilish, Stevie Nicks, Miley Cyrus Lead 2021 Austin City Limits Music Festival

DaBaby, Erykah Badu, George Strait, Phoebe Bridgers, Megan Thee Stallion, Black Pumas, and dozens more lined up for 20th-anniversary fest

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After taking last year off and almost getting replaced by a Vanilla Ice concert, Austin City Limits is returning to Zilker Park in Austin, Texas this fall. ACL will take place over two weekends, 10/1-10/3 and 10/8-10/10, and organizers have just announced the 2021 festival’s lineup. Headlining the shows in October are George Strait, Billie Eilish, Stevie Nicks, Miley Cirus, Rufus Du Sol, Dababy and Erykah Badu.

“Music is coming back strong to the Live Music Capital of the World,” says Austin Mayor Steve Adler. “The return of Austin City Limits as an in-person festival celebrates that our efforts as a community to become vaccinated are working. Health and safety remain our top priority, and we will work closely with the organizers and Austin Public Health to ensure ACL Fest is in line with our health standards. We must continue to get everyone vaccinated and keep up our success.”

As the Austin City Limits music festival prepares for a big comeback after a 2020 COVID-19 cancellation, tickets are on sale for both weekends (October 1-3 and 8-10) now.

The festival’s cancellation, according to a 2019 study, presented a blow to Austin’s economy, as the event brought almost $1.5 billion to the area that year. The cancellation also came months after Austin’s other iconic music festival, South By Southwest, made the decision to cancel for the first time in its 34-year history.

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The Governors Ball Announces 10th Anniversary Festival Lineup and New Location

Billie Eilish, A$AP Rocky, and Post Malone will headline the NYC fest in September.

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The Governors Ball is celebrating its 10th anniversary from September 24-26 at the Citi Field complex in Queens, New York. In honor of its decade-long reign, the Citi Field complex in Queens, NY will be hosting many major names including headliners Billie Eilish, Post Malone, and A$AP Rocky. As well as, Megan Thee Stallion, J Balvin, Phoebe Bridgers, Big Thief, 21 Savage, Young Thug, Burna Boy, Carly Rae Jepsen, Jamie xx, DaBaby, 100 gecs, Freddie Gibbs and the Alchemist, Orville Peck, Bartees Strange, Amaarae, MIKE, Future Islands, Leon Bridges, Duck Sauce, Dominic Fike, and more are set to perform.

“Building a recovery for all of us means reconnecting with the iconic events that make New York City the greatest travel destination in the world,” New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a statement. “As more New Yorkers become vaccinated by the day, we’re proud to support arts and culture and welcome back Governors Ball and their fantastic lineup, including New York City’s own Princess Nokia, A$AP Rocky, and King Princess, among others.”

Pre-sale for three-day and one-day GA and VIP tickets will be available exclusively for Citi Cardmembers from today at 6:30 a.m. PST through Thursday, May 6 at 8:59 a.m. PST. Three-day and one-day GA and VIP tickets will be available to all ages via GovBall.com beginning Thursday, May 6 at 9 p.m. PST.

Check out the full lineup below.

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