Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan, Rolling Stones, The Who, Tease Indio Mega-Concert
Mon, 02 May 2016 09:59:53
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Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones, The Who, Neil Young, and Roger Waters have all been rumored to be playing an upcoming mega-concert this October. Today, Stereogum points out that five of the six acts - Neil Young remained silent - released teaser videos suggesting that something will be coming in October, but it's unclear exactly what that will be. The outlet also stated, "The stars will reportedly have their full stage setups, and they'll all play full sets."
The concert is rumored to be taking place October 7th-9th at the Empire Polo Field in Indio, California. The same venue that plays host to the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival and the Stagecoach Festival. Last month, Goldenvoice, which is owned by AEG, unveiled that they have been planning the aforementioned mega-concert, but there has been no news on whether or not anything is certain. Hopefully, the five videos released today mean that an announcement will be coming soon.
Meanwhile, Paul McCartney was in Arkansas this weekend and met two of the nine women who inspired the McCartney-penned, Beatles' classic "Blackbird." Rolling Stone reports, "The women, Thelma Mothershed Wair and Elizabeth Eckford, were two members of the Little Rock Nine, a group of nine black students who faced discrimination and the lasting impact of segregation after enrolling in the all-white Little Rock Central High School in 1957, following the Supreme Court's historic Brown vs. the Board of Education decision.
After the Little Rock Nine enrolled, Arkansas governor Orval Faubus protested their entrance into the school, which in turn sparked the Little Rock Crisis. It was these events that inspired a young McCartney to pen the song "Blackbird.""
McCartney introduced the song to his audience saying, "Way back in the Sixties, there was a lot of trouble going on over civil rights, particularly in Little Rock. We would notice this on the news back in England, so it's a really important place for us, because to me, this is where civil rights started. We would see what was going on and sympathize with the people going through those troubles, and it made me want to write a song that, if it ever got back to the people going through those troubles, it might just help them a little bit, and that's this next one."
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