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Event Preview: Festivals are focus of Post-Gazette Pavilion lineup

Friday, March 21, 2003

By Ed Masley, Post-Gazette Pop Music Critic

It's a good year for festival tours at the Post-Gazette Pavilion.


Post-Gazette Pavilion
2003 Lineup
(So Far)


Ozzfest returns with a lineup dark and mean and sinister enough to guarantee a sellout (Marilyn Manson, Ozzy, Korn and even meaner bands you never heard of). For its second year in Burgettstown, The Vans Warped Tour improves its chances of a sellout with a bill that shames the past few Warped Tours -- starting with Rancid and carrying on through Face to Face, the Dropkick Murphys, Taking Back Sunday, Suicide Machines and Me First and the Gimme Gimmes. Brooks & Dunn should have no trouble selling out with their latest edition of the Neon Circus & Wild West Show.

And Lollapalooza is back to show the new kids how it's done. From Jane's Addiction to a killer bottom half with the Donnas, Queens of the Stone Age and Jurassic 5, the lineup effortlessly captures the diversity Perry Farrell was always after, but unlike a lot of the more eclectic bills that eventually caused the mother of all festivals to limp off into the sunset licking its tattoos and piercings, it's a diversity that works.

The Lollapalooza appearance is one of two gigs at the Post-Gazette Pavilion for the mighty Donnas, who promise to be the biggest smile on an X-Fest lineup topped by Godsmack, Staind, The Used and Evanescence.

Jimmy Buffett, of course, is already a sell-out.

Other shows that could be sell-outs range from the festival shows to two Dave Matthews shows, a double-bill of Aerosmith and Kiss, the Patriotic Lunkhead tour with Toby Keith and Alabama's farewell tour.

And as Clear Channel Entertainment's Lance Jones notes, "Unlike a bunch of other bands who shall remain nameless, when Alabama says farewell tour, they really mean it."

As for quality, the best show on the books is easily Neil Young and Crazy Horse. Although the date has yet to be confirmed, the King of Slop Guitar will definitely be here, rocking out in all his ragged glory.

As will ZZ Top, a band that's never been to Burgettstown. Here's hoping they don't use the same map Nelly used.

Another show no self-respecting classic rocker can afford to miss is the Allman Brothers Band. It's on the road in support of "Hittin' the Note," a great new album with its strongest moments effortlessly recapturing the magic and jazz-fueled sound of the band's glorious distant past.

And because attendance has been off at recent Allman gigs, the band and the venue have worked to slash their prices.

"We've made the entire pavilion $18.75 and the lawn is 10 bucks," says Jones. "So it gives people no excuse. We're trying to bring back a reasonable ticket price. Of course, that's dictated by the artist, but I think a lot of them are paying attention to their fans' needs and the fact that there's a lot of tours, and the thought is 'Let's get back to making it affordable.' "


Post-Gazette Pavilion 2003 Lineup
(So Far)

    May 16: ZZ Top (first appearance there) with special guests Ted Nugent, Kenny Wayne Shepherd & Double Trouble. $23.50-$55; on sale April 7.

    May 26: X-Fest with Godsmack, Staind, Evanescence, The Used, The Donnas, Cold, Juliana Theory, and Punchline. $35; on sale now.

    June 10: Poison with Vince Neil and Skid Row. $10-$30; on sale April 5.

    June 11: Boston. $20-$45; on sale March 28.

    June 15: Santana with Angelique Kidjo. $22.50-$49.50; on sale April 28.

    June 26-27: Dave Matthews Band. $35-$52.50; on sale March 29.

    July 19: Lollapalooza with Jane's Addiction, Audioslave, Incubus, Queens of the Stone Age, Jurassic 5, The Donnas and more. $49.50-$59.50; on sale April 4.

    July 25: James Taylor. $20-$45; on sale now.

    July 26: Allman Brothers Band with Keller Williams. $10-$18.75; on sale May 3.

    July 30: Ozzfest with Ozzy Osbourne, Korn, Marilyn Manson, Chevelle and more. $30.50-$125.50; on sale now.

    Aug. 6: Vans Warped Tour with Rancid, Dropkick Murphys, Less Than Jake, The Used, Bowling for Soup and more. On sale May 30

    Aug. 19: Jimmy Buffett & The Coral Reefer Band. Sold out.

    Aug. 21: Aerosmith/KISS. Tickets TBA

    TBA: Neil Young and Crazy Horse and Jeep World Outside Tour

    Cooper Tire Route 18 Round-up Country Series

    May 11: Kenny Chesney with Keith Urban, Deana Carter

    May 24: Y-108 Hot Country Jam with Trick Pony, Gary Allen, Dusty Drake and more.

    Aug. 1: Brooks & Dunn Neon Circus & Wild West Show with Brooks & Dunn, Brad Paisley, Rascal Flatts and more.

    Aug. 30: Alabama

    Sept. 26: Toby Keith

Tickets for the Round-up Series are available for sale through April 2.

Subscriptions are available at TicketMaster outlets, www.post-gazettepavilion.com and by calling TicketMaster at 412-323-1919.

Ed Masley can be reached at emasley@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1865.

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