Singer David Lee Roth performs with Eddie Van Halen (R) and Alex Van Halen (L) during a private Valen Halen show to announce the band’s upcoming tour at Cafe Wha? in New York January 6, 2012. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson (UNITED STATES – Tags: ENTERTAINMENT) . . . JBNBlog note . . . the Budweiser Gardens date and dozens of others wound up being cancelled . . . will look to add something from the Jimmy Kimmel show later Monday
There is a v. gracious quotation from Budweiser Gardens’ GM Brian Ohl in the follow Western Fair District media release about the Van Halen concert Aug. 5 marking the start of a new partnership between the District & concert promoter Live Nation.
For context, there is a short revisit to a story about the year Live Nation landed KISS at the Budweiser Gardens during the last night of Rock the Park . . . to me it seems obvious, the London summer institution most likely to be affected (or hit) by any big outdoors events at the Fair District is Rock the Park. Maybe JBNBlog is wrong . . . what do you think?
For sheer numbers, here’s a quick take on the number of acts playing big London outdoor fests between July 9-19 (hmm . . . same dates as RBC Bluesfest Ottawa) . . . 70-plus, (!!!) .. . . that’s about 30 TD Sunfest (July 9-12), about 16 at Rock the Park (July 14, 15, 16, nothing so far on July 17 — do you think it’s going dark that night?, July 18) and 25-plus at Home County Music & Art festival (July 17-19).
So if any #ldnont delegation is going to Canadian Music Week (May 1-1o), we can say the local scene is great (& here are some fine acts you should know about) & as for venues, diversity & big fun, it’s tough to top visiting music here in July.
… here’s the Western Fair District music release
VAN HALEN will take the stage in London, Ontario at the Western Fair District on Wednesday, August 5th. Special guest Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band will support all dates along the tour. Tickets for the London show go on sale beginning April 4 at 10am via www.ticketmaster.ca and www.livenation.com.
The VAN HALEN concert will mark the beginning of a new music partnership between the Western Fair District and Live Nation. This multi-year partnership was born out of an opportunity to create the premiere outdoor concert venue in Southwestern Ontario and expand on the Western Fair District’s evolution as an entertainment destination.
In 2014, to prepare for the endeavour the Western Fair District took on a renovation in the infield of the racetrack to ready the site for outdoor events of the size and calibre that Live Nation anticipates.
Live Nation has strong ties to London already at Budweiser Gardens. Live Nation’s presence in the city will continue to grow with the Western Fair District’s new venture. Brian Ohl, Global Spectrum Regional Vice President and General Manager of Budweiser Gardens explains, “An outdoor concert and festival venue provides a great complement to the region’s music market and is exactly what Southwestern Ontario and the city’s music scene needs.”
The Western Fair District and Live Nation’s collaboration will strengthen London as a comprehensive music hotbed by bringing new outdoor music experiences to Southwestern Ontario under the Live Nation banner. “This partnership will have a significant impact on music tourism and will bolster visitations and economic activity in London,” states John Winston, General Manager of Tourism London.
In celebration of a 2015 Summer/Fall North American Tour, VAN HALEN will perform a special concert for Jimmy Kimmel Live tonight, March 30 on Hollywood Boulevard. Featuring some of the band’s essential rock and roll classics, the concert will be broadcast over two nights, March 30 and March 31, on the late night talk show and marks VAN HALEN’s first U.S. television performance with original lead singer David Lee Roth.
The special Hollywood Boulevard concert will be a hit-heavy set of songs featured on TOKYO DOME LIVE IN CONCERT, the first-ever live album to feature original singer David Lee Roth. Recorded on June 21, 2013 in Tokyo, Japan, TOKYO DOME LIVE IN CONCERT includes 23 songs spanning all seven of the band’s albums with Roth. It is being released as a double CD, four-LP set on 180-gram vinyl and digitally beginning March 31, 2015. Fans who pre-order TOKYO DOME LIVE IN CONCERT before its March 31 release date through Amazon and digitally at iTunes will instantly receive downloads of “Panama,” “Runnin’ With The Devil,” “Jump” and “Hot For Teacher.”
Also being released beginning March 31 are remastered versions of Van Halen and 1984, with remastered versions of Diver Down, Women and Children First, Van Halen II and Fair Warning due out later this spring. Each album has been cut straight from the quarter-inch tapes for CD, 180-gram vinyl and for the digital version by mastering engineer Chris Bellman, who remastered the original albums for Bernie Grundman Studios, Hollywood, CA. These albums are being released beginning March 31 with pre-orders available now through Amazon and iTunes now.
Formed in Los Angeles in 1974, VAN HALEN changed the rock and roll landscape forever with the release of their self-titled, 1978 debut album and subsequently produced a repertoire of hits that remain some of the strongest and most influential rock songs ever written that fans will admire for decades to come. With more than 75 million albums sold worldwide, and more No. 1 hits on the Billboard Mainstream Rock chart than any other artist, the band’s record of achievement is hard to top. The eponymous debut album and 1984 were both certified Diamond, for U.S. sales in excess of 10 million, placing them on an elite short list of double RIAA-certified Diamond Award honorees. VAN HALEN was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007.
Go to http://van-halen.com/ for updates and more information.
About Live Nation Entertainment:
Live Nation Entertainment (NYSE: LYV) is the world’s leading live entertainment company comprised of four market leaders: Ticketmaster, Live Nation Concerts, Artist Nation Management and Live Nation Media/Sponsorship. For additional information, visit www.livenation.com/investors.
About the Western Fair District:
Western Fair District is a year-round entertainment destination offering dining, horseracing, gaming, sporting events, comedy, music and live entertainment, a farmers market, trade and consumer shows and historic annual fall fair. The District provides entertaining experiences that enrich your life and the community at every level. It is located in the heart of London, Ontario, located just minutes from the 401, Via Rail Station and downtown hotels with public transit having multiple routes passing through Western Fair District. WFD provides an open air festival environment on its 80 acre site, with beautiful London, Ontario as its backdrop. The site’s namesake, the annual Western Fair, is one of the province’s most distinguished annual occasions and a Top 100 event as chosen by Festivals and Events Ontario.
. . . here is the KISS v. Rock the Park quotations for 2013 context:
Saturday’s (July 27) KISS date at Budweiser Gardens is a hot ticket in more ways than one. Organizers of Rock the Park noticed how KISS’s arrival clashed with the three-day run at nearby Harris Park.
“It’s unfortunate that Budweiser Gardens feels the need to compete with Bethanys Hope Foundation during their biggest fundraiser of the year,” Rock the Park organizer Brad Jones said this spring when the date was confirmed.
Admission-charging Rock the Park 2013 benefits the London-based foundation, which supports MLD research and those living with the degenerative disease.
“I found it a really uncharitable comment, frankly,” Live Nation Canada chairperson Riley O’Connor said in response. “No. 1 Budweiser Gardens isn’t responsible for the booking, Live Nation is. No. 2 . . . we moved it to what we considered the least offensive date,” O’Connor said.