Metallica and Taylor Swift are among the performers set for the US debut of the Rock in Rio music festival next year, organizers announced.
No Doubt and Linkin Park will also perform on the main stage during the four-day event in Las Vegas. The Deftones and John Legend will perform on a different stage, the festival announced on September 26.
Metallica and Taylor Swift are among the performers set for the US debut of the Rock in Rio music festival in 2015
Rock in Rio USA will take place in las Vegas on May 8-9 and 15-16.
A group including casino company MGM Resorts plan to build a 33-acre open-air music venue on the Las Vegas Strip for the festival. The layout is expected to include five stages.
Rock in Rio music festival was launched in 1985. The festival also will be held in Rio de Janeiro in September 2015, featuring Katy Perry and Legend.
Metallica has closed this year’s Sonisphere rock festival at Knebworth Park, England, with a set chosen almost entirely by the band’s fans.
A week after they headlined Glastonbury, Metallica played for more than two hours.
Metallica have been touring their fan-chosen By Request sets across Europe during July
They covered Thin Lizzy’s Whiskey in the Jar and ended their set with Seek and Destroy from their first album.
Lars Ulrich thanked the crowd after finishing before being driven off site in a convoy of people carriers.
“Between last weekend and this one, we always love being back on your shores and we will be back again very soon,” he said.
Metallica have been touring their fan-chosen By Request sets across Europe during July.
At Hertfordshire’s Knebworth House, Metallica played tracks from throughout their career including Master of Puppets, Nothing Else Matters, Enter Sandman with …And Justice For All winning a text vote which took place on the final day of the festival.
Metallica played for 90 minutes on Glastonbury’s famous Pyramid Stage on Saturday, with highlights including One, Cyanide and an extended version of Master Of Puppets.
The band is the first metal act to headline the festival since its inception in 1970.
Drummer Lars Ulrich said: “That was sensational. I don’t remember much of it… the energy was fantastic.”
Asked to describe his Glastonbury experience in one sentence, Lars Ulrich simply said: “Other-worldly.”
Even the band’s detractors would have been hard-pushed to deny their musicianship.
Fans and supporters lined the back of the stage as they ended the main set with Nothing Else Matters and Enter Sandman.
“Metallica. Glastonbury. Together at last,” declared songwriter James Hetfield.
Metallica played for 90 minutes on Glastonbury’s famous Pyramid Stage
“That felt good.”
Returning for an encore of Whiskey in the Jar and Seek and Destroy, the band launched dozens of black Metallica-branded weather balloons into the audience, triggering a giant game of dodgeball between the audience and security guards.
“Metallica loves you, Glastonbury,” said James Hetfield as the band took their final bow.
“You made us feel so good. Thank you for having us.”
Taking the microphone, Lars Ulrich added: “There’s no place on this earth like this beautiful Glastonbury Festival. Thank you for letting us be part of your experience and we hope to see you one more time.”
Formed 33 years ago, Metallica’s best-known songs include Enter Sandman, Nothing Else Matters and Master of Puppets.
Prior to their arrival on the Pyramid Stage, Metallica played a clip of The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, in tribute to actor Eli Wallach, who died this week.
Ennio Morricone’s Ecstasy of Gold, which features in the classic Western, has been Metallica’s introduction music for many years.
The band also addressed criticism of James Hetfield’s involvement with pro-hunting groups head-on, showing an extended clip of an English fox hunt, soundtracked by Sweet’s glam rock classic Fox on the Run.
At the climax of the hunt, four men in bear costumes shot the riders from their horses.
The bear’s heads were removed to reveal the four grinning members of Metallica.
Metallica rocked Glastonbury with a strange mix of arrogance and humility.
Speaking to the crowd 15 minutes into the set, James Hetfield said: “Glasto – Metallica is grateful to be invited to such an event.
“We’re very proud to be representing the heavier side of music.”
Glastonbury is prepared for the arrival of Metallica on a showery Saturday in Somerset.
Metallica is the first metal band to headline. Drummer Lars Ulrich said being asked to play was “the biggest honor”.
Metallica is the first metal band to headline Glastonbury festival
The festival was beset by a downpour for an hour, but a predicted lightning storm failed to materialize.
Acts on the main stage so far have included Nick Mulvey, Lana Del Rey and ex-Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant.
Classics such as Black Dog were given drastic West African and South East Asian overhauls, but a full-throttle rock version of Whole Lotta Love triggered a crowd surge – even after it took a detour into a violin solo.
Preceding him on the Pyramid Stage, R&B star Kelis also re-tooled some of her most famous songs, giving a jazzy big-band treatment to tracks like Milkshake and A Capella.
Famous faces spotted at the festival include Stella McCartney, Laura Carmichael, Lily James and Bradley Cooper.
[googlead tip=”patrat_mare”]Belgian festival Pukkelpop 2011 deaths toll raised to five after a severe storm struck, knocking down screens and collapsing tents and stages, officials said on Friday.
Another eight festival attendees were seriously injured according to Hilde Claes, mayor of the eastern Belgian city of Hasselt, were festival have been held. The mayor also told Belgian television that some 65 people had more minor injuries.
Belgian Pukkelpop 2011 deaths toll raised to five.
[googlead tip=”lista_medie” aliniat=”stanga”]About 65,000 mainly young people were attending Pukkelpop 2011 when the storm struck early in the evening. Many were sheltering in large festival tents, which were whipped away by the wind.
“The storm struck in an incredibly sudden way,” said Hilde Claes, who was there.
“It was a real whirlwind. I have never seen anything like it in Hasselt before.”
The three-day Pukkelpop 2011 was set to have featured rapper Eminem, Foo Fighters, 30 seconds to Mars and The Offspring among others.
According to a post on Pukkelpop 2011 official website, the organizers decided early on Friday to cancel the rest of the festival.
“Pukkelpop is in deep mourning. We truly sympathise with the families and friends of the victims.
Words are not enough. We have struggled with the decision to continue the festival. Therefore we have decided to cancel Pukkelpop 2011.
What has happened is very exceptional and could not have been predicted. We are deeply moved by… “
[googlead tip=”vertical_mediu” aliniat=”stanga”] Pukkelpop is an annual music festival which takes place near the city of Hasselt, Belgium in mid-to-late August. It is held within a large enclosure of fields and woodland – between a dual carriageway called Kempische Steenweg – in the village of Kiewit, approximately 7 km north of Hasselt. It is the second largest music festival in the country after Rock Werchter, with an attendance rate of 180,000 over the course of the event in 2009.
The programme is noted for its wide variety of alternative music, spanning styles such as rock, pop, electronic, dance, hip-hop, punk and heavy metal. The event’s organizers aim the festival to be a “progressive and contemporary” musical event. Notable acts that have performed at previous editions include Sonic Youth, The Mission, Ramones, Nirvana, The Sisters of Mercy, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Neil Young, The Smashing Pumpkins, Radiohead, Foo Fighters, Metallica, Green Day, Guns N’ Roses, Pixies, Daft Punk, The Prodigy, Nine Inch Nails and Iron Maiden. The term “pukkel” is the Dutch word for “pimple”.
The Belgian tragedy comes just five days after another five people died when an outdoor concert stage collapsed in heavy winds at the Indiana State Fair in the United States.