Rock the Bells 2013 initial lineup (Wu-Tang, Earl Sweatshirt, Juicy J, Tyler the Creator… + hologram ODB & Eazy E)
Happy 10th anniversary to Rock the Bells, who have announced their initial, rotating 2013 lineup featuring hosts Peter Rosenberg & MURS 3:16, as well as names like Bone Thugs N Harmony, Danny Brown, Black Hippy (who just played NYC), Common, E40 & Too Short, Earl Sweatshirt (ditto), Flatbush Zombies, Juicy J (who played a Fader show on Monday and Irving Plaza last night), Rakim, Wu-Tang Clan (who play Summer Jam soon), Tyler the Creator (who just announced an NYC show as part of Odd Future), Eazy E, Ol Dirty Bastard and more. Confused? Yes, I did just say Eazy E and Ol Dirty Bastard, both of which will be "virtual performances" as part of the travelling festival. AllHipHop reports:
Ol Dirty Bastard and Eazy-E's spirits will return to the stage at Rock The Bells this year, AllHipHop has learned.
The pair of Hip-Hop legends will have holograms performing this year at the 10-year anniversary of the rap festival.
Eazy-E will perform virtually with Bone Thugs-In-Harmony and ODB will rock with Wu Tang. Organizers said Eazy never blessed the Rock The Bells stage and ODB only did once.
Also, the "holograms" are approved by Eazy-E's wife Tomica Wright and Ol Dirty's mother, Cherry Jones.
Tupac's Coachella appearance inspired the new virtual performances at Rock The Bells, organizers admitted.
So far only four dates exist for Rock the Bells. They're all listed below. Two of them are on the East Coast and one is in the NYC area at Meadowlands Racetrack in Rutherford, NJ on October 4-5. Tickets go on presale Thursday (10/16) at noon, and regular sale on Saturday.
Initial lineup (at least 15 more artists TBA), dates and some video below.
ROCK THE BELLS - 2013 LINEUP
BONE THUGS N HARMONY
CHASE AND STATUS
E-40 & TOO SHORT*
SNOW THA PRODUCT
TYLER THE CREATOR*
* = only performing in "select markets" (aka not on all four shows)
ROCK THE BELLS - 2013 TOUR DATES
SEPTEMBER 7-8 SAN MANUEL AMPHITHEATER SAN BERNARDINO, CA
SEPTEMBER 14-15 SHORELINE AMPHITHEATER MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA
SEPTEMBER 28-29 FESTIVAL GROUNDS @ RFK WASHINGTON, DC
OCTOBER 4-5 MEADOWLANDS RACETRACK RUTHERFORD, NJ