Zac Brown Band will headline Banc of California Stadium

Grammy Award-winning eight-piece country group Zac Brown Band will bring its Roar With the Lions Tour to Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles on Oct. 24 with special guest Riley Green.

Tickets go on sale at noon Friday, Feb. 28 via LiveNation.com.

ZBB is known for hits like “Chicken Fried,” “Keep Me In Mind,” “Toes,” “Sweet Annie,” “Loving You Easy” and “Colder Weather.” The band also likes to mix things up and blur genres by collaborating with non-country artists like Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters, Jimmy Buffett, Dave Matthews Band, Skrillex, Andrew Watt, Lil Dicky and the late Soundgarden and Audio Slave vocalist Chris Cornell. ZBB also has a large collection of Academy of Country Music Awards, CMT Awards, CMA Awards and iHeartRadio Music Awards.

Before officially releasing its sixth studio album, “The Owl,” last September, ZBB embarked on a lengthy tour that brought the group to FivePoint Amphitheater in Irvine for two sold-out nights in July. So far, the record has produced two singles, “Someone I Used to Know” and “Leaving Love Behind.” The band’s frontman also surprise-dropped a solo album titled, “Controversy,” last year that leaned more heavily into the pop realm with a bit of R&B and even rap sprinkled in.

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A$AP Rocky discusses Swedish jail experience at the Real Street Festival in Anaheim

Rapper A$AP Rocky, who was jailed earlier this summer in Sweden, made his post-release return to the stage Sunday as the final act of Real 92.3 radio’s inaugural Real Street Festival in Anaheim.

His performance had been uncertain for most of the summer following his arrest for assault and the Swedish authorities’ refusal to let him leave the country before a trial.

But after two days of hip-hop stars and up-and-comers on the two stages outside Honda Center, the lights went dark at 10:40 p.m., revealing A$AP Rocky, rapping in silhouette behind a scrim  to the roaring cheers of the crowd to packed the festival grounds.


A$AP Rocky headlines day two of the the Real Street music festival at the Honda Center in Anaheim on Sunday, August 11, 2019. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

When the curtain dropped two songs later Rocky appeared wearing a head-covering mask that made him look something like a crash-test dummy, a costume repeated on the 30 or so dancing on stage with him.

Fifteen minutes in he hadn’t said anything about his legal issues in Sweden though he had brought Tyler the Creator to perform with him, further whipping the crowd into frenzied excitement.

Then he addressed his situation.

“Rocky is home!” Tyler shouted at the end of the song.

“Y’all know how happy I am to be here right now,” Rocky then said. “While I was away — hold the mosh pits a minute, this is a sentimental moment — what I experienced was crazy. I’m so happy to be here right now.

“That was a scary humbling experience  but I’m here right now,” he said. “God is good. Hip-hop never looked so strong, we’re a big strong community.”

“This my first performance since I been out,” Rocky said after a second song with Tyler. “When I was locked up we used to play the radio and I heard my brother A$AP Ferg’s song all the way in Sweden. I want to hear that song.”

“I’m happy my brother’s home now,” Ferg said at the song’s end, before launching into a second song together.

After a trio of songs with a third guest, the rapper Drizzle, A$AP Rocky, who had grinned happily throughout his set, thanked the crowd once more for its support during his recent travails.

“I just want to say one more time I’m so … happy to be here,” he said. “I know y’all was praying for me. I’m gonna  need you to keep praying for me.

“God’s will I won’t be found guilty — I find out on Wednesday.”

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Stagecoach 2018: Brett Young played it up for a hometown crowd while Kane Brown and Lee Brice kept the party going

Huntington Beach native Brett Young had a lot to celebrate Sunday night during his Stagecoach Country Music Festival Mane Stage performance. Young played an early day set at the prestigious fest just two years ago as his single “Sleep Without You” was just breaking onto mainstream country radio.

Since then he’s dropped his self-titled debut which has spawned three more singles, “In Case You Didn’t Know,” “Like I Loved You” and his latest, “Mercy,” all of which he played during his set Sunday night. The crowd was fired up and Young worked the stage like a seasoned pro, bouncing from stage left to stage right, making sure to keep that interaction and intimacy with the fans even in front of a crowd of 75,000.

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“It’s good to be home, I love you guys,” Young said, a wide smile spreading across his face as he strutted the small catwalk clad in a Lakers jersey and a matching pair of purple sneakers.

He set the pace perfectly for South Carolina singer-songwriter Lee Brice, who also made the leap from earlier day Stagecoach act to second behind to Sunday headliner Garth Brooks this year. Brice has been headlining smaller country festivals all over the country, including the Queen Mary’s Shipkicker. However, he was ready for this crowd and this moment.

He spent years behind the scenes writing hits for artists like Tim McGraw, Kenny Chesney and Faith Hill, just to name a few. He can rile up the audience with a song like “Parking Lot Party” and yank at the heart strings with “I Don’t Dance,” which sounded absolutely gorgeous out in the desert and under a full and glowing moon. Fans swayed along to his single, “Boy,” and roared back the lyrics to “Love Like Crazy.”

Georgia’s Kane Brown may just be 24 years old, but his Stagecoach debut was a pretty powerful one. Sure, he went out there and ran through his songs like “Used to Love You Sober,” “Hometown” and “Heaven,” but he shared a little of his background with the crowd before launching into “Learning.”

He let the audience know that he grew up poor, living in a car with his mother at one point and going through abuse at the hands of a step-father. His point was that everyone is going through something, so enjoy the moment and be kind to each other. Fans raised their drinks high and sang along, the heaviness of the message sweeping over them. They were uplifted again as Brown led into his No.1 single, “What Ifs,” with collaborator Lauren Alaina’s vocals piped in.

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Keith Urban creates a memorable Stagecoach moment, strong winds kick up extra dust

It had been eight years since singer-songwriter Keith Urban has headlined an evening at the Stagecoach Country Music Festival and he more than made up for lost time during his set Saturday night at the Empire Polo Club in Indio.

Urban, who just dropped a brand new album, “Graffiti U,” on Friday, mixed a little of the old with the new in front of a rowdy and attentive audience. People were ready to party as he came out straight away with “Somebody Like You,” his hair majestically whipping in the wind as he made his guitar sing.

The Stagecoach crowd were some of the first to hear cuts like “Parallel Line,” “Texas Time” and “Coming Home” in a live setting. After nailing his hit “Long Hot Summer,” Urban, who couldn’t stop smiling, addressed his fans.

“This is exactly what I was hoping for tonight, Stagecoach,” he said. “A full moon, beautiful night, (a lot) of dust everywhere and my wife in the wings.”

  • Keith Urban headlines on the Mane Stage during the second day of the Stagecoach Country Music Festival Saturday April 28, 2018 in Indio, Calif.  Urban had special guests Dwight Yoakum and the Brothers Osborne appear as well. (Photo by Will Lester- The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

    Keith Urban headlines on the Mane Stage during the second day of the Stagecoach Country Music Festival Saturday April 28, 2018 in Indio, Calif. Urban had special guests Dwight Yoakum and the Brothers Osborne appear as well. (Photo by Will Lester- The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • Keith Urban performs with Dwight Yoakum and the Brothers Osborne on the Mane Stage during the second day of the Stagecoach Country Music Festival Saturday April 28, 2018 in Indio, Calif. (Photo by Will Lester- The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

    Keith Urban performs with Dwight Yoakum and the Brothers Osborne on the Mane Stage during the second day of the Stagecoach Country Music Festival Saturday April 28, 2018 in Indio, Calif. (Photo by Will Lester- The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

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  • Keith Urban headlines on the Mane Stage during the second day of the Stagecoach Country Music Festival Saturday April 28, 2018 in Indio, Calif.  Urban had special guests Dwight Yoakum and the Brothers Osborne appear as well. (Photo by Will Lester- The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

    Keith Urban headlines on the Mane Stage during the second day of the Stagecoach Country Music Festival Saturday April 28, 2018 in Indio, Calif. Urban had special guests Dwight Yoakum and the Brothers Osborne appear as well. (Photo by Will Lester- The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • Keith Urban headlines on the Mane Stage during the second day of the Stagecoach Country Music Festival Saturday April 28, 2018 in Indio, Calif.  Urban had special guests Dwight Yoakum and the Brothers Osborne appear as well. (Photo by Will Lester- The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

    Keith Urban headlines on the Mane Stage during the second day of the Stagecoach Country Music Festival Saturday April 28, 2018 in Indio, Calif. Urban had special guests Dwight Yoakum and the Brothers Osborne appear as well. (Photo by Will Lester- The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • Keith Urban headlines on the Mane Stage during the second day of the Stagecoach Country Music Festival Saturday April 28, 2018 in Indio, Calif.  Urban had special guests Dwight Yoakum and the Brothers Osborne appear as well. (Photo by Will Lester- The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

    Keith Urban headlines on the Mane Stage during the second day of the Stagecoach Country Music Festival Saturday April 28, 2018 in Indio, Calif. Urban had special guests Dwight Yoakum and the Brothers Osborne appear as well. (Photo by Will Lester- The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • Keith Urban headlines on the Mane Stage during the second day of the Stagecoach Country Music Festival Saturday April 28, 2018 in Indio, Calif.  Urban had special guests Dwight Yoakum and the Brothers Osborne appear as well. (Photo by Will Lester- The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

    Keith Urban headlines on the Mane Stage during the second day of the Stagecoach Country Music Festival Saturday April 28, 2018 in Indio, Calif. Urban had special guests Dwight Yoakum and the Brothers Osborne appear as well. (Photo by Will Lester- The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • A woman takes a selfie as she stands on a table as Keith Urban performs on the Mane Stage during the second day of the Stagecoach Country Music Festival Saturday April 28, 2018 in Indio, Calif.  Urban had special guests Dwight Yoakum and the Brothers Osborne appear as well. (Photo by Will Lester- The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

    A woman takes a selfie as she stands on a table as Keith Urban performs on the Mane Stage during the second day of the Stagecoach Country Music Festival Saturday April 28, 2018 in Indio, Calif. Urban had special guests Dwight Yoakum and the Brothers Osborne appear as well. (Photo by Will Lester- The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • A woman reacts after receiving Keith Urban’s guitar during the second day of the Stagecoach Country Music Festival Saturday April 28, 2018 in Indio, Calif.  Urban had special guests Dwight Yoakum and the Brothers Osborne appear as well. (Photo by Will Lester- The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

    A woman reacts after receiving Keith Urban’s guitar during the second day of the Stagecoach Country Music Festival Saturday April 28, 2018 in Indio, Calif. Urban had special guests Dwight Yoakum and the Brothers Osborne appear as well. (Photo by Will Lester- The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • Keith Urban performs with Dwight Yoakum and the Brothers Osborne on the Mane Stage during the second day of the Stagecoach Country Music Festival Saturday April 28, 2018 in Indio, Calif. (Photo by Will Lester- The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

    Keith Urban performs with Dwight Yoakum and the Brothers Osborne on the Mane Stage during the second day of the Stagecoach Country Music Festival Saturday April 28, 2018 in Indio, Calif. (Photo by Will Lester- The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • Keith Urban headlines on the Mane Stage during the second day of the Stagecoach Country Music Festival Saturday April 28, 2018 in Indio, Calif.  Urban had special guests Dwight Yoakum and the Brothers Osborne appear as well. (Photo by Will Lester- The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

    Keith Urban headlines on the Mane Stage during the second day of the Stagecoach Country Music Festival Saturday April 28, 2018 in Indio, Calif. Urban had special guests Dwight Yoakum and the Brothers Osborne appear as well. (Photo by Will Lester- The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • Keith Urban headlines on the Mane Stage during the second day of the Stagecoach Country Music Festival Saturday April 28, 2018 in Indio, Calif.  Urban had special guests Dwight Yoakum and the Brothers Osborne appear as well. (Photo by Will Lester- The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

    Keith Urban headlines on the Mane Stage during the second day of the Stagecoach Country Music Festival Saturday April 28, 2018 in Indio, Calif. Urban had special guests Dwight Yoakum and the Brothers Osborne appear as well. (Photo by Will Lester- The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • Keith Urban headlines on the Mane Stage during the second day of the Stagecoach Country Music Festival Saturday April 28, 2018 in Indio, Calif.  Urban had special guests Dwight Yoakum and the Brothers Osborne appear as well. (Photo by Will Lester- The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

    Keith Urban headlines on the Mane Stage during the second day of the Stagecoach Country Music Festival Saturday April 28, 2018 in Indio, Calif. Urban had special guests Dwight Yoakum and the Brothers Osborne appear as well. (Photo by Will Lester- The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • Keith Urban headlines on the Mane Stage during the second day of the Stagecoach Country Music Festival Saturday April 28, 2018 in Indio, Calif.  Urban had special guests Dwight Yoakum and the Brothers Osborne appear as well. (Photo by Will Lester- The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

    Keith Urban headlines on the Mane Stage during the second day of the Stagecoach Country Music Festival Saturday April 28, 2018 in Indio, Calif. Urban had special guests Dwight Yoakum and the Brothers Osborne appear as well. (Photo by Will Lester- The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • Keith Urban headlines on the Mane Stage during the second day of the Stagecoach Country Music Festival Saturday April 28, 2018 in Indio, Calif.  Urban had special guests Dwight Yoakum and the Brothers Osborne appear as well. (Photo by Will Lester- The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

    Keith Urban headlines on the Mane Stage during the second day of the Stagecoach Country Music Festival Saturday April 28, 2018 in Indio, Calif. Urban had special guests Dwight Yoakum and the Brothers Osborne appear as well. (Photo by Will Lester- The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • Fans dance on tables as they watch Keith Urban on the Mane Stage during the second day of the Stagecoach Country Music Festival Saturday April 28, 2018 in Indio, Calif.  Urban had special guests Dwight Yoakum and the Brothers Osborne appear as well. (Photo by Will Lester- The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

    Fans dance on tables as they watch Keith Urban on the Mane Stage during the second day of the Stagecoach Country Music Festival Saturday April 28, 2018 in Indio, Calif. Urban had special guests Dwight Yoakum and the Brothers Osborne appear as well. (Photo by Will Lester- The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • Keith Urban performs with Dwight Yoakum and the Brothers Osborne on the Mane Stage during the second day of the Stagecoach Country Music Festival Saturday April 28, 2018 in Indio, Calif. (Photo by Will Lester- The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

    Keith Urban performs with Dwight Yoakum and the Brothers Osborne on the Mane Stage during the second day of the Stagecoach Country Music Festival Saturday April 28, 2018 in Indio, Calif. (Photo by Will Lester- The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • Keith Urban performs with Dwight Yoakum and the Brothers Osborne on the Mane Stage during the second day of the Stagecoach Country Music Festival Saturday April 28, 2018 in Indio, Calif. (Photo by Will Lester- The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

    Keith Urban performs with Dwight Yoakum and the Brothers Osborne on the Mane Stage during the second day of the Stagecoach Country Music Festival Saturday April 28, 2018 in Indio, Calif. (Photo by Will Lester- The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • Keith Urban headlines on the Mane Stage during the second day of the Stagecoach Country Music Festival Saturday April 28, 2018 in Indio, Calif.  Urban had special guests Dwight Yoakum and the Brothers Osborne appear as well. (Photo by Will Lester- The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

    Keith Urban headlines on the Mane Stage during the second day of the Stagecoach Country Music Festival Saturday April 28, 2018 in Indio, Calif. Urban had special guests Dwight Yoakum and the Brothers Osborne appear as well. (Photo by Will Lester- The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • Fans dance on tables as they watch Keith Urban on the Mane Stage during the second day of the Stagecoach Country Music Festival Saturday April 28, 2018 in Indio, Calif.  Urban had special guests Dwight Yoakum and the Brothers Osborne appear as well. (Photo by Will Lester- The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

    Fans dance on tables as they watch Keith Urban on the Mane Stage during the second day of the Stagecoach Country Music Festival Saturday April 28, 2018 in Indio, Calif. Urban had special guests Dwight Yoakum and the Brothers Osborne appear as well. (Photo by Will Lester- The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • Keith Urban headlines on the Mane Stage during the second day of the Stagecoach Country Music Festival Saturday April 28, 2018 in Indio, Calif.  Urban had special guests Dwight Yoakum and the Brothers Osborne appear as well. (Photo by Will Lester- The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

    Keith Urban headlines on the Mane Stage during the second day of the Stagecoach Country Music Festival Saturday April 28, 2018 in Indio, Calif. Urban had special guests Dwight Yoakum and the Brothers Osborne appear as well. (Photo by Will Lester- The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • Keith Urban headlines on the Mane Stage during the second day of the Stagecoach Country Music Festival Saturday April 28, 2018 in Indio, Calif.  Urban had special guests Dwight Yoakum and the Brothers Osborne appear as well. (Photo by Will Lester- The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

    Keith Urban headlines on the Mane Stage during the second day of the Stagecoach Country Music Festival Saturday April 28, 2018 in Indio, Calif. Urban had special guests Dwight Yoakum and the Brothers Osborne appear as well. (Photo by Will Lester- The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • Keith Urban headlines on the Mane Stage during the second day of the Stagecoach Country Music Festival Saturday April 28, 2018 in Indio, Calif.  Urban had special guests Dwight Yoakum and the Brothers Osborne appear as well. (Photo by Will Lester- The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

    Keith Urban headlines on the Mane Stage during the second day of the Stagecoach Country Music Festival Saturday April 28, 2018 in Indio, Calif. Urban had special guests Dwight Yoakum and the Brothers Osborne appear as well. (Photo by Will Lester- The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • Keith Urban headlines on the Mane Stage during the second day of the Stagecoach Country Music Festival Saturday April 28, 2018 in Indio, Calif.  Urban had special guests Dwight Yoakum and the Brothers Osborne appear as well. (Photo by Will Lester- The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

    Keith Urban headlines on the Mane Stage during the second day of the Stagecoach Country Music Festival Saturday April 28, 2018 in Indio, Calif. Urban had special guests Dwight Yoakum and the Brothers Osborne appear as well. (Photo by Will Lester- The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • Keith Urban headlines on the Mane Stage during the second day of the Stagecoach Country Music Festival Saturday April 28, 2018 in Indio, Calif.  Urban had special guests Dwight Yoakum and the Brothers Osborne appear as well. (Photo by Will Lester- The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

    Keith Urban headlines on the Mane Stage during the second day of the Stagecoach Country Music Festival Saturday April 28, 2018 in Indio, Calif. Urban had special guests Dwight Yoakum and the Brothers Osborne appear as well. (Photo by Will Lester- The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • Fans dance on tables as they watch Keith Urban on the Mane Stage during the second day of the Stagecoach Country Music Festival Saturday April 28, 2018 in Indio, Calif.  Urban had special guests Dwight Yoakum and the Brothers Osborne appear as well. (Photo by Will Lester- The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

    Fans dance on tables as they watch Keith Urban on the Mane Stage during the second day of the Stagecoach Country Music Festival Saturday April 28, 2018 in Indio, Calif. Urban had special guests Dwight Yoakum and the Brothers Osborne appear as well. (Photo by Will Lester- The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • Keith Urban performs with Dwight Yoakum and the Brothers Osborne on the Mane Stage during the second day of the Stagecoach Country Music Festival Saturday April 28, 2018 in Indio, Calif. (Photo by Will Lester- The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

    Keith Urban performs with Dwight Yoakum and the Brothers Osborne on the Mane Stage during the second day of the Stagecoach Country Music Festival Saturday April 28, 2018 in Indio, Calif. (Photo by Will Lester- The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

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Though “Somewhere in My Car,” “Cop Car,” “Wasted Time” and the encore of “John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16” were big moments for Urban, he created the ultimate Stagecoach moment when he brought out Brothers Osborne and launched into “Fast As You” by Dwight Yoakam.

Yoakam had just wrapped up his headlining set over on the Palomino Stage a few hours earlier and he wasn’t quite ready to hang up his cowboy hat. Yoakam came out with Urban and Brothers Osborne to finish off the song and the crowd went absolutely bonkers.

When Kacey Musgraves took the stage, the wind was at its peak. Security advised guests to stay away from the speaker and video screen rigs throughout the field as they swayed in the 30-plus mph gusts. However, Musgraves took it like a champ. Currently out promoting her new album, “Golden,” she admitted to the Stagecoach crowd that she fell in love and wrote a bunch of love songs, but in the same breath added “…but don’t worry, I saved some depressing songs for ya.”

She’s such a strong and rightfully celebrated songwriter. From her witty “Mama’s Broken Heart,” which was recorded and released by Miranda Lambert, to her latest country-meets-space-disco cut, “High Horse,” one thing is for sure, Musgraves just likes to have a good time and she’s a force to be reckoned with. She let the audience take the chorus on “Merry Go ‘Round” and busted out a dancey cover of Brooks & Dunn’s “Neon Moon” that bled into “High Horse.”

Brothers Osborne had a rough go at Stagecoach. It’s set was marred with technical issues from the start and though they managed to rock through it, disappointment came out in the form of sarcasm from vocalist T.J. Osborne.

“I promise we’re professionals,” he said. “I promise we’re working with professionals, I don’t know if we are professionals.”

His vocal was far too low, something the folks in the VIP pit let him know early on. Despite the struggle with sound, and later the absence of any sort of spotlight lighting, the guys were great. John Osborne absolutely shreds and even a guitar virtuoso like Urban seemed to be mesmerized as he was sitting stage side along with his wife, Nicole Kidman.

“21 Summer” was a great soundtrack to the sun finally dipping behind the mountains and sounded great as the sun set behind the mountains and “Pushing up Daisies” was another highlight. They closed out strong with an extended jam version of the boot-stomper, “Ain’t My Fault.”

Granger Smith made the most of his turn, keeping things pretty basic at the start and letting the songs do the heavy lifting. The audience sang along to “Backroad Song” and “Gimmie Something” and “Happens Like That.”

Midland, clad in their individually unique fashions reminiscent of pretty much any ‘70s rock band playing an outdoor festival, took over the stage and had some fun with the crowd who were ready to hear the guys’ biggest songs: “Drinkin’ Problem” and “Make A Little.” Their throwback country sound, choreographed moves and outgoing personalities make them instant favorites.

Related: See photos of the country stars and their fans on Saturday

“The wind is blowing, it’s so dramatic right now, it’s like a Western,” vocalist Mark Wystrach said, taking a swig of his beer and a good look out into the crowd, which was pretty filled in by 5 p.m.

It was the band’s biggest performance to date and they didn’t disappoint with their original songs and by busting out a tribute to the late Tom Petty with “American Girl” and closing out their set with Bob Seger’s “Turn the Page.” The set wasn’t flawless; a wind gust knocked over a mic stand and tragically the tequila shot Wystrach was saving to help lube up his vocals in the dry weather was spilled.

But in the end, that’s what made it a perfect Stagecoach performance.

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Stagecoach 2018: Florida Georgia Line parties with Yodel Kid and Jason Derulo

Five years ago singer-songwriters Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley played an early-day set at the Stagecoach Country Music Festival in Indio. The duo, known as Florida Georgia Line, only had a couple of hits at the time, including “Cruise” and “Get Your Shine On.”

The pair have since taken country music by storm, cranking out even more hits, such as “This Is How We Roll,” “H.O.L.Y” and “Smooth,” all of which they made sure to include in the setlist during their first-ever headlining set at Stagecoach on Friday night. It’s an important time slot as it helps set the pace for the entire weekend. It was a responsibility that Hubbard and Kelley took very seriously as they delivered the goods along with the help from a few very special guests.

First and foremost, 11-year-old Mason Ramsey, who became a viral sensation when a video of him surfaced yodeling in a Walmart, really upstaged Florida Georgia Line during its own encore. The guys gave Ramsey his Stagecoach debut, letting him sing his single, “Famous,” that dropped on Friday. Though he is so young, Ramsey, who was dressed like a mini Hank Williams, acted like a seasoned pro. He joked with the audience and delivered his new track with impressive confidence. Ramsey also made an appearance in the Sahara Tent during DJ Wethan’s set at weekend one of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.

Florida Georgia Line also brought out R&B singer Jason Derulo on “This is How We Roll” and kept the energetic performer on stage for his single “Want To Want Me,” which kept the audience dancing. Fellow Mane Stage performers Jake Owen and Chris Lane came out for “Sun Daze” and early day SiriusXM Spotlight Stage performer Morgan Wallen appeared for his cut, “Up Down.”  Unfortunately Florida Georgia Line’s partner on the song “Meant to Be,” Bebe Rexha, was unable to make the show so they piped in her vocals and Hubbard recorded the audience signing along to her parts on his cellphone so he could send it to her since she’s shooting a music video in Europe.

Related: See photos of Florida Georgia Line’s headlining set

The guys’ graduation from playing in the blazing sun to a sparse audience to a pyro and over-the-top production-filled headlining set was well deserved and there will definitely be more than a few Stagecoach attendees that will be feeling that party on Saturday.

The Friday Mane Stage lineup was pretty solid. Jake Owen has played Stagecoach a few times, but never as second to the headliner. He seemed overwhelmed by the roaring response to his hits like “The One That Got Away,” “Barefoot Blue Jean Night” and his latest single, “I Was Jack (You Were Diane). “

He also played “Made for You” and prefaced the more tame track by noting, “I think this is the most people I’ve ever played a ballad for.” As the fans pulled out their cell phones and lit up the venue, Owen was definitely caught up in the moment.

“This is one of the most unbelievable things I’ve ever seen,” he said with a smile.

Owen was also captivating food guru and Stagecoach barbecue curator Guy Fieri, who was spotted dancing and singing along in the photo pit.

Related: See photos of the performers and their fans on Friday at Stagecoach 2018

Last year, Kelsea Ballerini came out with Shania Twain during her epic headlining turn at Stagecoach to sing “Any Man of Mine.” Friday night Ballerini held her own, making her first full-set debut at the festival, shining through songs like “Legends,” “Peter Pan,” “Dibs” and the track that really kicked off her career three years ago, “Love Me Like You Mean It.”

Chris Janson is an absolute madman. He’s a multi-instrumentalist and he showed off all of those skills on stage, ripping through his hits like “Buy Me a Boat,” “Fix a Drink” and his newest track, “Take a Drunk Girl Home.” He got a huge response when he launched into a song he wrote for Tim McGraw, “Truck Yeah.” Janson is a showman and so talented that it won’t be long before he’s headlining an evening at Stagecoach.

“Fix” singer Chris Lane also made his Stagecoach debut and got the crowd going with a cover of McGraw’s “I Like It, I Love It” and his own singles, “For Her” and “Take Back Home Girl,” which featured piped in vocals courtesy of Tori Kelly.

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Mane Stage opener Lindsay Ell caught a rough break. The Canadian singer-songwriter, who is currently topping the charts with her single, “Criminal,” was up against country music icon Tanya Tucker who was playing to a packed Palomino Stage. Dressed all in white with a bold American flag on her T-shirt, Tucker was all sass and energy.

She received loud applause after each of her songs and her smile was so wide as she relished in each moment. She squeezed so much of her 50 year career into the set that included “Hangin’ In,” “I’ll Come Back as Another Woman,” “Strong Enough to Bend” and “What’s Your Mama’s Name” as well as a mash-up cover of “I’m On Fire” by Bruce Springsteen and “Ring of Fire” by Johnny Cash and a cover of Tammy Wynette’s “Stand by Your Man.” It was Tucker’s first Stagecoach appearance and though it was early in the day it was a big moment and easily one of the top performances in the festival’s now 12-year history.

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Tom Petty, Alabama Shakes and actor Jeff Goldblum among the highlights of Day 1 at Arroyo Seco Weekend

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers have 40 years on the books now — that’s the point of the band’s current tour — so it almost seemed unfair Saturday to get only 19 songs in a headlining set on the first day of the inaugural Arroyo Seco Weekend in Pasadena.

But that ended up making for two hours of music, and in the end, the fans who packed — and we mean packed — the festival grounds in front of the Oaks Stage (more on that in a bit) probably heard most of the hits they came for.

It was a strong finish to a solid opening day that featured classic soul from the likes of Alabama Shakes and Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires, fine indie rock from Broken Social Scene, and a handful of jazz acts like the Preservation Hall Jazz Band and actor Jeff Goldblum and his band the Mildred Snitzer Orchestra.

Petty opened the night with “Rockin’ Around (With You),” a nod to the band’s history, with Petty noting that it was “the first song on the first album we ever did.” Up next, “Mary Jane’s Last Dance,” an outtake from a Petty solo album that came out on a Heartbreakers greatest-hits collection. Confusing? Not really. The Petty solo records were always practically Heartbreakers albums in all but name.

And that’s how they were treated Saturday, with solo hits such as “You Don’t Know How It Feels” and “I Won’t Back Down” fitting neatly around a Heartbreakers classic like “You Got Lucky.”

“We’re going to try one here that we haven’t played in about 30 years,” Petty said by way of introducing “Into the Great Wide Open,” from the 1991 album of the same name. “By that I mean we haven’t rehearsed it, either.”

No worries, it sounded great, and the crowd sang along loudly on the choruses, as it did on many songs in the set. By my reckoning “I Won’t Back Down” and “Free Fallin’” had the biggest crowd choral accompaniment early in the set, with maybe “Yer So Bad” and “Refugee” the biggest in the back half.

“Yer So Bad,” when it arrived, provided a welcome boost of energy. It followed three from the “Wildflowers” album — “It’s Good to Be King” in a version that might have gone on a bit longer than it needed to, “Crawling Back to You” and the title track. They’re good songs, a bit more folk than the earlier stuff, but they slowed the pace a bit, which at the end of a long, hot day was dangerous.

Also threatening the good vibes of Petty’s set was the gridlock of the crowd. Festival organizers didn’t book any acts opposite Petty, choosing to close down the two other stages, which is fine, but that also meant everyone on the festival grounds tried to squeeze into a space that was too narrow to accommodate them — especially given that many, many people came with blankets and lawn chairs and staked out spots — large spots — on the lawn in front of the Oaks stage.

It was my one main gripe on a day that overall flowed smoothly, and Petty’s set closed on a strong run of songs that made me forgive those problems: “Refugee,” one of the early classics by the band, and “Runnin’ Down a Dream” wrapped up the main set, before an encore of “You Wreck Me” and “American Girl.”

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Sunset was for soul at Arroyo Seco Weekend as a handful of artists, mostly older, took to the three different stages to sing their hearts and heartaches out.

Alabama Shakes was the younger, newer band in the genre on the bill, but we’ll come back to them in a bit. Instead, let’s give the older guys their due first.

Roy Ayers is the 76-year-old vibraphonist who more or less turned jazz fusion in a new direction in the ‘70s and created what came to be known as neo-soul, a blend of the classic sound mixed with jazz and funk and whatever else a musician wanted to add. In the Willows tent, he and his current band played hits such as “Everybody Loves the Sunshine” and “Running Away.”

Over on the Sycamore stage, after a strong set by the Canadian collective Broken Social Scene — which previewed songs from its upcoming “Hug of Thunder” album, assisted by guests including Emily Haines of Metric — Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires arrived to deliver the rawest, most emotional set of old-school soul you could hope to hear.

Back in the Willows tent, longtime Stax Records soul man William Bell and his 11-piece band were tearing it up in front of a criminally small crowd, many of them already headed to the Oaks stage for Alabama Shakes. Bell gave it his all, and at 77, his voice is as terrific as ever. He sang hits from his catalog such as “Private Number” and “You Don’t Miss Your Water,” a song Bell wrote and recorded that has been covered often by everyone from Otis Redding and the Byrds to Peter Tosh and the Wailers

You should have been there for Bell (catch him elsewhere if you can), but the modern soul of 28-year-old Brittany Howard, the singer-guitarist for Alabama Shakes, and her band mates, made that a truly hard choice.

Howard sounded fantastic and the band was sharp, as always, on songs such as “Don’t Wanna Fight” and “Sound & Color,” and you just know she and the other Shakes would have loved to have caught Ayers, Bradley and Bell if they could have.

Closing out the sunset run were the Meters, New Orleans-bred pioneers of funk with roots back to the ’60s, but there’s certainly soul in that gumbo, too.

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It’s surely a different kind of music festival when actor Jeff Goldblum and his band, the Mildred Snitzer Orchestra, draw a sitting-room-only crowd to the tent where they’re playing Charles Mingus and Thelonious Monk straight-ahead jazz on a hot and humid afternoon in Pasadena.

But that’s the point of the Arroyo Seco Weekend.

Goldblum came out alone and told the crowd, which now was standing, “After we’re done I’m going to come out and take pictures with every one of you. I’m like Vito Corleone on his daughter’s wedding day. There’s no request I can refuse.”

He also did a bit of Jeff Goldblum movie trivia and a round of Who’d You Rather (Christopher Walken or Viggo Mortensen), and then it was time “for that hot jazz that all the kids are crazy for.”

Absolutely wonderful: great music, silly fun, sometimes both — a bossa nova version of Petty’s “American Girl” anyone? — and the highlight of the first half of the day.

Arroyo Seco Weekend

Where: Rose Bowl, Pasadena

When: June 24-25

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Marilyn Manson goes for a shock while Rob Zombie, Stone Sour rock at Knotfest 2017

Though the weather was cold, the ground was muddy and the sun was lost all day in the clouds, it didn’t stop thousands of die-hard heavy metal and hard rock fans from descending upon Glen Helen Amphitheater in Devore on Sunday, Nov. 5, for Knotfest. The second half of the Ozzfest Meets Knotfest weekend was just as crowded — if not more packed than — Ozzfest the day before.

Knotfest, curated by beloved metal band Slipknot, featured sets by Rob Zombie, Marilyn Manson, Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor’s Stone Sour, Orange County’s Eighteen Visions, San Diego electronic rock duo Prayers, Testament, The Black Dahlia Murder and more.

In the 12-hours of hard rocking chaos we came up with the most memorable moments from Knotfest 2017.

Shock vs. rock

While out on tour in early October, shock rocker Marilyn Manson was injured when his hefty double pistol stage prop fell and crushed him, breaking his right leg in two places. Despite his very obvious medical walking boot, Manson made his return to the stage at Knotfest, first in a rig that was half wheelchair, half Segway that allowed him both to stand and sit and maneuver 360 degrees.

He addressed his injuries in between “Revelation #12” and “Disposable Teens,” telling the crowd, “I am broken, but you can’t break me.” He performed in front of the same props that had crushed him earlier in the year, though this time they were probably more secure. The flow of the set was a bit awkward and momentum was definitely lost between tracks as two men in scrubs and surgical masks would come out on stage and aid Manson into his next getup. “I don’t have to detail how much this sucks,” he said at one point. “I’ve got a broken ankle, but I’m still here. I’ve got one more foot to kick someone’s (expletive).”

The band breezed through “Dope Show” and the newer cut, “Deep Six.” Manson donned a hospital gown and hopped up on a gurney for his famous cover of “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This).” Following that cut he was wheeled out in an actual wheelchair by one of the men in scrubs, only this time he was wielding an obviously fake semi automatic shotgun with a bright orange cap on the tip. His microphone was also rigged to the gun and he sang into it as the band launched into “We Know Where You (Expletive) Live” off of his new album, “Heaven Upside Down.” As he delivered the song, he pointed the gun at the audience, letting the drums serve as the rapid fire.

Coming on the eve of a mass shooting at a church in Texas, Manson could have had a bit more tact, but it’s Manson. He has always aimed for the shock value or to be provocative and though some that were in the crowd thought it was “lame,” the stunt didn’t seem to truly bother anyone else, especially with the handful of San Bernardino Sheriffs standing on either side of the stage.

Where Manson was clearly out for the shock value, headliner Rob Zombie just wanted to party and rock. And he did both.

Amid all the flashiness of the horror-themed stage set up complete with skeletons, monsters and more, Zombie and his mighty band — guitarist John 5, bassist Piggy D and drummer Ginger Fish — came out fast and hard with “Dead City Radio and the New Gods of Supertown.”
They kept pace into “Superbeast,” “In the Age of the Consecrated Vampire We All Get High” and Zombie pumped up the crowd and encouraged the ladies to hop on the men’s shoulders for “Living Dead Girl.”

He’s literally the coolest guy out there sporting glittery bell bottoms, a cowboy hat and a fringe jacket.

Slipknot’s presence

Though the festival namesake and curator, Slipknot, did not headline Knotfest this year, its presence was still very much felt. Lots of fans donned Slipknot T-shirts, full-on costumes and grotesque replica masks from their favorite players in the masked metal band. Much like the first year of the fest, the band members themselves could have walked around in their full get up unnoticed since the fans are pretty good at copying their stage costumes.

Those same fans also went wild during Stone Sour’s turn on the main stage. The band is Slipknot vocalist Corey Taylor’s successful and more melodic side band, one in which he performs unmasked. The guys ripped through tracks like “30, 30-150,” “Made of Scars” and “Absolute Zero,” while Taylor slowed things down a bit and jumped on guitar for “Through the Glass.”

Someone in the crowd obviously disapproved as in that moment they launched either a cup or bottle of liquid at the frontman. They missed, prompting Taylor to retort, “Aw, did you miss? I remember my first beer, too. Make sure to tell your mom I said ‘hi’.”

Musical meet and greets

Record store FYE set up a small pop-up record shop on site where fans could purchase CDs and vinyl releases from Ozzfest Meets Knotfest artists for $12-$20. The store also hosted two signing booths and early day performers, including Prayers, Warbringer, Goatwhore, Upon a Burning Body, Exhumed and Stitched Up Heart, logged autograph time.

Fans were stoked to be able to meet and greet with the artists, lining up early to ensure a handshake, a quick hello and possibly a photo.

Kilts everywhere

Even with the chillier temperatures, fans were wearing far more kilts on Sunday at Knotfest than they were during Ozzfest on Saturday. Patrons checked out on-site vendor PD Kilts and snagged brand new ones to wear throughout the day. Despite the mud and mugginess of the early evening, they wore them proudly, however by nightfall, a few admitted that pants may have actually been the way to go.

Metal in the Dark

Since Knotfest happened to fall on the first day after daylight saving time ended, things got darker earlier. That fact may have slipped the mind of festival organizers, since the side stages didn’t seem rigged for much lighting, which meant that thrash metal band Testament was playing in darkness by the time it took the stage at 5:40 p.m. It also didn’t help that it was an extremely overcast afternoon and the clouds began to hang lower and lower as evening approached. The fans didn’t seem to mind the metal blackout, however, as the band was slightly uplit from the stage, adding to the edginess of the performance.

Knotfest

When: Sunday, Nov. 5

Where: Glen Helen Amphitheater, Devore

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5 of the most memorable moments from Ozzfest 2017

The second edition of Ozzfest Meets Knotfest, the mash-up of both mega metal festivals, kicked off at Glen Helen Amphitheater in Devore on Saturday, Nov. 4, with the Ozzy Osbourne-led Ozzfest. It was a long day of metal music, assorted black T-shirts and devil horns that featured 20-plus bands performing on four stages, including main stage sets by Orange Goblin, Children of Bodom, Deftones, Prophets of Rage and Osbourne.

  • Ozzy Osbourne performs during Ozzfest meets Knotfest heavy metal music festival at Glen Helen Amphitheater in San Bernardino, Ca., Saturday, November 4, 2017. (John Valenzuela/The Sun/SCNG)

    Ozzy Osbourne performs during Ozzfest meets Knotfest heavy metal music festival at Glen Helen Amphitheater in San Bernardino, Ca., Saturday, November 4, 2017. (John Valenzuela/The Sun/SCNG)

  • Ozzy Osbourne performs during Ozzfest meets Knotfest heavy metal music festival at Glen Helen Amphitheater in San Bernardino, Ca., Saturday, November 4, 2017. (John Valenzuela/The Sun/SCNG)

    Ozzy Osbourne performs during Ozzfest meets Knotfest heavy metal music festival at Glen Helen Amphitheater in San Bernardino, Ca., Saturday, November 4, 2017. (John Valenzuela/The Sun/SCNG)

  • Ozzy Osbourne performs during Ozzfest meets Knotfest heavy metal music festival at Glen Helen Amphitheater in San Bernardino, Ca., Saturday, November 4, 2017. (John Valenzuela/The Sun/SCNG)

    Ozzy Osbourne performs during Ozzfest meets Knotfest heavy metal music festival at Glen Helen Amphitheater in San Bernardino, Ca., Saturday, November 4, 2017. (John Valenzuela/The Sun/SCNG)

  • Ozzy Osbourne performs during Ozzfest meets Knotfest heavy metal music festival at Glen Helen Amphitheater in San Bernardino, Ca., Saturday, November 4, 2017. (John Valenzuela/The Sun/SCNG)

    Ozzy Osbourne performs during Ozzfest meets Knotfest heavy metal music festival at Glen Helen Amphitheater in San Bernardino, Ca., Saturday, November 4, 2017. (John Valenzuela/The Sun/SCNG)

  • Ozzy Osbourne performs during Ozzfest meets Knotfest heavy metal music festival at Glen Helen Amphitheater in San Bernardino, Ca., Saturday, November 4, 2017. (John Valenzuela/The Sun/SCNG)

    Ozzy Osbourne performs during Ozzfest meets Knotfest heavy metal music festival at Glen Helen Amphitheater in San Bernardino, Ca., Saturday, November 4, 2017. (John Valenzuela/The Sun/SCNG)

  • Prophets of Rage perform during Ozzfest meets Knotfest heavy metal music festival at Glen Helen Amphitheater in San Bernardino, Ca., Saturday, November 4, 2017. (John Valenzuela/The Sun/SCNG)

    Prophets of Rage perform during Ozzfest meets Knotfest heavy metal music festival at Glen Helen Amphitheater in San Bernardino, Ca., Saturday, November 4, 2017. (John Valenzuela/The Sun/SCNG)

  • Prophets of Rage perform during Ozzfest meets Knotfest heavy metal music festival at Glen Helen Amphitheater in San Bernardino, Ca., Saturday, November 4, 2017. (John Valenzuela/The Sun/SCNG)

    Prophets of Rage perform during Ozzfest meets Knotfest heavy metal music festival at Glen Helen Amphitheater in San Bernardino, Ca., Saturday, November 4, 2017. (John Valenzuela/The Sun/SCNG)

  • Prophets of Rage perform during Ozzfest meets Knotfest heavy metal music festival at Glen Helen Amphitheater in San Bernardino, Ca., Saturday, November 4, 2017. (John Valenzuela/The Sun/SCNG)

    Prophets of Rage perform during Ozzfest meets Knotfest heavy metal music festival at Glen Helen Amphitheater in San Bernardino, Ca., Saturday, November 4, 2017. (John Valenzuela/The Sun/SCNG)

  • Prophets of Rage perform during Ozzfest meets Knotfest heavy metal music festival at Glen Helen Amphitheater in San Bernardino, Ca., Saturday, November 4, 2017. (John Valenzuela/The Sun/SCNG)

    Prophets of Rage perform during Ozzfest meets Knotfest heavy metal music festival at Glen Helen Amphitheater in San Bernardino, Ca., Saturday, November 4, 2017. (John Valenzuela/The Sun/SCNG)

  • Deftones perform during Ozzfest meets Knotfest heavy metal music festival at Glen Helen Amphitheater in San Bernardino, Ca., Saturday, November 4, 2017. (John Valenzuela/The Sun/SCNG)

    Deftones perform during Ozzfest meets Knotfest heavy metal music festival at Glen Helen Amphitheater in San Bernardino, Ca., Saturday, November 4, 2017. (John Valenzuela/The Sun/SCNG)

  • Deftones perform during Ozzfest meets Knotfest heavy metal music festival at Glen Helen Amphitheater in San Bernardino, Ca., Saturday, November 4, 2017. (John Valenzuela/The Sun/SCNG)

    Deftones perform during Ozzfest meets Knotfest heavy metal music festival at Glen Helen Amphitheater in San Bernardino, Ca., Saturday, November 4, 2017. (John Valenzuela/The Sun/SCNG)

  • Deftones perform during Ozzfest meets Knotfest heavy metal music festival at Glen Helen Amphitheater in San Bernardino, Ca., Saturday, November 4, 2017. (John Valenzuela/The Sun/SCNG)

    Deftones perform during Ozzfest meets Knotfest heavy metal music festival at Glen Helen Amphitheater in San Bernardino, Ca., Saturday, November 4, 2017. (John Valenzuela/The Sun/SCNG)

  • Orange Goblin performs during Ozzfest meets Knotfest heavy metal music festival at Glen Helen Amphitheater in San Bernardino, Ca., Saturday, November 4, 2017. (John Valenzuela/The Sun/SCNG)

    Orange Goblin performs during Ozzfest meets Knotfest heavy metal music festival at Glen Helen Amphitheater in San Bernardino, Ca., Saturday, November 4, 2017. (John Valenzuela/The Sun/SCNG)

  • Orange Goblin performs during Ozzfest meets Knotfest heavy metal music festival at Glen Helen Amphitheater in San Bernardino, Ca., Saturday, November 4, 2017. (John Valenzuela/The Sun/SCNG)

    Orange Goblin performs during Ozzfest meets Knotfest heavy metal music festival at Glen Helen Amphitheater in San Bernardino, Ca., Saturday, November 4, 2017. (John Valenzuela/The Sun/SCNG)

  • Children of Bodom performs during Ozzfest meets Knotfest heavy metal music festival at Glen Helen Amphitheater in San Bernardino, Ca., Saturday, November 4, 2017. (John Valenzuela/The Sun/SCNG)

    Children of Bodom performs during Ozzfest meets Knotfest heavy metal music festival at Glen Helen Amphitheater in San Bernardino, Ca., Saturday, November 4, 2017. (John Valenzuela/The Sun/SCNG)

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In the 12-hours of mayhem we came up with the best five moments from Ozzfest.

1. Ozzy Osbourne and Zakk Wylde

Earlier this year, Osbourne announced he’d be hitting the road with his former guitarist Zakk Wylde. When together on stage, the pair is pretty magical. Wylde, who also fronts Black Label Society, is a beast of a guitar player and an absolute punisher as he wailed through cuts like “Suicide Solution” and got an extended moment to shine in a lengthy version of Black Sabbath’s “War Pigs.” He also has the most glorious mane of flowing, long blonde hair.

Though Osbourne’s vocals weren’t the strongest, something he noted and contributed to the colder outdoor temperatures, the rest of his crew was on point. With Rob “Blasco” Nicholson on bass, drummer Tommy Clufetos (who also drummed on Black Sabbath’s “The End” tour in place of Bill Ward) and keys player Adam Wakeman, songs like “Iron Man,” “Mr. Crowley,” “Fairies Wear Boots” and “Crazy Train” were given a bit of an extra punch.

2. Deftones

There were some metal traditionalists that voiced their disdain with Sacramento-based group Deftones being so high up on the Ozzfest bill, however the band definitely proved it was worthy. Delivering the goods on songs like “Diamond Eyes,” “Knife Prty” and “Change (In the House of Flies),” the band, led by vocalist Chino Moreno, put on quite the spectacle. It was a strong and very tight turn, matched with some hefty production and lighting that was stunning to watch.

3. Prophets of Rage

Rap and rock supergroup Prophets of Rage, featuring Tom Morello, Brad Wilk and Tim Commerford of Rage Against the Machine along with Chuck D and DJ Lord of Public Enemy and B-Real of Cypress Hill, were also a solid choice for main stage entertainment. Though some metal fans stared disapprovingly as Chuck D and B-Real blasted through a medley of hip hop that included “Insane in the Brain” and “Bring the Noise,” they were later spotted headbanging and singing along through the more familiar Rage songs: “Sleep Now in the Fire,” “Bulls on Parade” and “Killing in the Name.”

Before heading into Cypress Hill’s “How I Could Just Kill a Man,” B-Real gave a shout out to Deftones, which seemed slightly awkward only because Deftones, who went on just before Prophets of Rage, added “How I Could Just Kill a Man” into its set. There was also a moment that seemed a bit out of place, yet at the same time all too fitting as Morello gave a shout out to the late Chris Cornell who led their side project, Audioslave. Morello, Commerford and Wilk played an instrumental version of “Like a Stone” and let the audience sing the entire song as a solo spotlight shined down on the microphone.

4. Great balls of fire

It just wouldn’t be Ozzfest without a ton of pyrotechnics. With members of the San Bernardino County Fire Department on site monitoring the massive bursts of flames, festival producers did it up big, with several setups that literally shot huge balls of fire into the sky throughout the event.

Not only were these rigs timed to go off with certain songs in multiple sets, they served a dual purpose and also provided warmth to those who were shivering as the temperature dipped into the low 60s after sundown. By the end of the night, numerous merch booths were sold out of hoodies, a clear indication that this audience wasn’t prepared for rapid change in weather.

5. “Slayer!”

Even if the metal band Slayer isn’t on site, it has become a custom for fans to simply yell out “Slayer!” throughout any and all metal festivals and shows. With many fans sporting black Slayer T-shirts and others yelling “Slayer” while throwing up their devil horns as they passed by, the band was definitely there in spirit. “Slayer!” wasn’t the only thing people were yelling, however, several excited fans would randomly walk up to groups of people and simply yell “Woooo! Ozzfest!” It happened throughout the day and was mostly met with smiles, the raising of large cups of beer and a holler back.

Ozzfest

When: Saturday, Nov. 4

Where: Glen Helen Amphitheater, Devore

Next: Knotfest with Rob Zombie, Marylin Manson, Stone Sour and more. 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 5 at Glen Helen Amphitheater, 2575 Glen Helen Parkway, Devore. $29-$179 at Livenation.com.

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Doheny Blues Festival marks 20 years in Dana Point with a slate of first-time performers

  • Joe Walsh, shown with bassist Larry Young, will headline the Doheny Blues Festival on May 20. (Photo by Armando Brown, contributing photographer)

    Joe Walsh, shown with bassist Larry Young, will headline the Doheny Blues Festival on May 20. (Photo by Armando Brown, contributing photographer)

  • Melissa Etheridge will headline the Doheny Blues Festival on May 21. (Photo by Armando Brown, contributing photographer)

    Melissa Etheridge will headline the Doheny Blues Festival on May 21. (Photo by Armando Brown, contributing photographer)

  • Chris Isaak is performing at the Doheny Blues Festival for the first time (Photo by Bob Steshetz)

    Chris Isaak is performing at the Doheny Blues Festival for the first time (Photo by Bob Steshetz)

  • Moreland & Arbuckle, featuring, from left, singer Dustin Arbuckle, guitarist Aaron Moreland and drummer Kendall Newby, will play the Doheny Blues Festival as part of its farewell tour. (Photo by Bob Steshetz)

    Moreland & Arbuckle, featuring, from left, singer Dustin Arbuckle, guitarist Aaron Moreland and drummer Kendall Newby, will play the Doheny Blues Festival as part of its farewell tour. (Photo by Bob Steshetz)

  • Mavis Staples, who also has played the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, returns for another performance at the Doheny Blues Festival this year. (Photo by Bob Steshetz)

    Mavis Staples, who also has played the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, returns for another performance at the Doheny Blues Festival this year. (Photo by Bob Steshetz)

  • Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience will perform at the Doheny Blues Festival this year. (Photo by Bob Steshetz)

    Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience will perform at the Doheny Blues Festival this year. (Photo by Bob Steshetz)

  • Bobby Rush will perform at the Doheny Blues Festival (Photo by Bob Steshetz)

    Bobby Rush will perform at the Doheny Blues Festival (Photo by Bob Steshetz)

  • The Doheny Blues Festival returns to Doheny State Beach in Dana Point for a 20th year on May 21-22. (Photo by Nick Agro, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The Doheny Blues Festival returns to Doheny State Beach in Dana Point for a 20th year on May 21-22. (Photo by Nick Agro, Orange County Register/SCNG)

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Before Coachella, Stagecoach and Kaaboo Del Mar festivals made their mark on the Southern California landscape, there was Orange County’s own Doheny Blues Festival.

The two-day music event celebrates its 20th anniversary this year and returns to Doheny State Beach in Dana Point May 20-21. Boasting three stages and a wide range of blues, roots, soul, classic rock and Americana artists, the festival includes Joe Walsh, Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience and Robin Trower on Saturday, and Melissa Etheridge, Chris Isaak, Mavis Staples and Moreland & Arbuckle on Sunday.

“Has it become harder (to produce our event)? Indeed, there is more competition than there was 20 years ago,” says Rich Sherman, president of festival organizer Omega Events. “What we found is that the competition isn’t necessarily what is happening in California, but every weekend on the calendar there is going to be a festival somewhere in North America, even the world. The real issue isn’t Coachella or Arroyo Seco (the latter a new festival coming to the Rose Bowl June 24-25), it might just be a great festival in North Carolina or Florida or Texas. And so the advent of music festivals as a whole has made it tough on scheduling.”

In addition, while Staples has been a featured performer at Coachella, the majority of artists on the bill at Doheny are not necessarily being targeted to play at the other large festivals in Southern California.

What stands out about the 20th anniversary celebration is how many names are appearing for the first time on the bill.

“We’ve tried to secure Joe Walsh several times in the past to play the festival, but that’s a complicated puzzle given (his role in) the Eagles. Joe was one of our early targets (for 2017). It’s an incredible opportunity to have him coming to Doheny State Beach for sure. And Melissa, she has had this new Stax Records tribute she was working on (“MEmphis Rock and Soul,” released in October), and she is very serious about the live show, adding horns and backup singers to her set at Doheny (May 21) to fully represent the Stax sound from Memphis.”

“Chris Isaak, we’ve never had him play the festival, so that’s exciting. He fits right in with all of the roots and rockabilly acts that have played in the past. It goes all the way through the list; Robin Trower has never played the festival before either,” said Sherman, noting the legendary Trower was seminal in the development of merging blues with rock as a member of Procol Harum in the 1960s and during his subsequent solo career.

Fans can expect unique sets from headliners such as Walsh and Etheridge, as well as exciting acts extending across the bill both days. For example, famed Americana country singer-guitar virtuoso Junior Brown will be the first act to appear on the intimate Backporch Stage on Sunday morning.

Another must-see act on Sunday is Wichita, Kansas-based Moreland & Arbuckle, whose line-up features members Dustin Arbuckle (lead vocals, harmonica), Aaron Moreland (guitar) and Kendall Newby (drums). The trio’s material is a perfect amalgam of Delta blues, Southern rock, country folk and Chicago sizzle. The Record Company is among the high-profile artists whose sound recalls the style that Moreland & Arbuckle’s created on their 2005 debut “Caney Valley Blues” and have continued to develop through to their celebrated 2016 album “Promised Land Or Bust” issued by Alligator Records.

“”For me, I felt like everything we did musically happened organically. We didn’t set out to create this style of music that melds Mississippi country blues and ‘stoner’ rock. We knew we had something special but we never really thought about it being influential on anyone else,” Dustin Arbuckle said in a recent phone interview.

The appearance is bittersweet, since Moreland & Arbuckle are performing their last-ever California date in Dana Point as part of their recently announced farewell tour.

“We want to enjoy these last handful of shows. We’ve had a good run,” said Arbuckle, who plans to continue to write, record and perform original music. “I want to say ‘thank you’ to all the people who have supported us for the past 15 years.”

Staples is another key performer on Sunday. Sherman noted that while the 77-year-old Staples is a legacy artist with a career stretching back to the 1950s, her approach is also contemporary. Staples is featured on the Arcade Fire single “I Give You Power” released in January 2017, and the more recent Gorillaz single “Let Me Out” issued last month.

“We’re proud to be a partner with Doheny State Beach and the California State Parks system to produce this event in such a spectacular setting,” Sherman said. “You can’t beat enjoying great live music on the beach, and the fans have always told us ‘please, keep the festival at Doheny State Beach,’ like we would ever consider leaving. Behind the scenes, we are proud to have invested in the infrastructure of the venue, having rebuilt many of the lighting structures inside the venue, so that locals can benefit from the event all through the year. Plus, we help to raise funds for the Doheny State Beach Interpretive Association, which operates the on-site visitors’ center, so this is truly a wonderful, long-term partnership.”

20th Anniversary Doheny Blues Festival

With: Joe Walsh, Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience, Robin Trower, Canned Heat and more (May 20); Melissa Etheridge, Chris Isaak, Mavis Staples, Bobby Rush, JJ Grey & Mofro, Moreland & Arbuckle and more (May 21)

When: May 20-21, 2017

Where: Doheny State Beach, Dana Point

Tickets: 1-day ($75) or 2-day ($140) general admission tickets; VIP and Gold passes are available for Sunday, May 21 ($150 and $250, respectively, with various amenities).

Information: DohenyBluesFestival.com

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