This summer, fans of classic rock from both sides of the coast are in luck, as the inaugural Classic East and Classic West concerts will be held in New York and Los Angeles respectively, announced Billboard. The bicoastal two-day festival will first go down in Los Angeles' Dodgers Stadium on July 15th, followed by Classic East at Citi Field in New York on July 29th. They will be headlined by Fleetwood Mac and The Eagles, who will be joined by Steely Dan, Journey, The Doobie Brothers, and Earth, Wind & Fire, with additional artists to be announced in the coming months.
Mick Fleetwood said of the appeal of this joint performance, "The Eagles and Fleetwood Mac were sort of dueling bands in many ways. We all knew each other and all hung out together in the early days." The Classic Rock Concerts will be particularly noteworthy as it will mark the first time The Eagles will perform without its lead vocalist Glenn Frey, who passed away last January, after which the band disbanded. The shows are also the only dates Fleetwood Mac has scheduled for 2017. To add to the excitement, the show will feature Christine McVie, who rejoined Fleetwood Mac in 2014 after a long absence of 16 years.
The organizers are careful not to call the Classic East and Classic West Concerts festivals, since they will be held in urban stadiums without room for Ferris wheels or tents, according to the NY Times. They are hoping to develop an annual franchise around the concerts, after the success of the Desert Trip, the 2016 classic rock festival organized by Goldenvoice and AEG. A number of music companies have already confirmed their participation, including Live Nation, Azoff MSG Entertainment, and Creative Artists Agency (CAA).
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