The three-day All Points West Festival appeared to take a hit when the Beastie Boys pulled out after Adam Yauch disclosed that he has parotid gland cancer. (Don’t freak out. It’s “very treatable.”) But all is not lost. In fact, some will be thrilled that Jay-Z is replacing the Beasties as the headliner on Friday, July 31.
As a coincidental bonus, MGMT is on the same bill and the two collaborated for the jigga man’s forthcoming album, Blueprint 3. Can we expect a sneak peek of their new song? We’re betting on it.
The festival runs from Friday, July 31 through Sunday, August 2 at New Jersey’s Liberty State Park. If you can’t attend, tune in this fall to Palladia to watch highlights from the festival — in high-def, no less.
Additional performers include the YeahYeahYeahs, Vampire Weekend, Tool, My Bloody Valentine, Gogol Bordello and the?Arctic Monkeys. Get the full lineup after the jump.
Update: VH1 Divas 2010 has just been announced with performances by Katy Perry, Nicki Minaj, Keri Hilson, Sugarland and others. Kathy Griffin to host. Get all the details at VH1 Divas Salute the Troops.
VH1 Divas is back with a new crop of sirens! Adele, Kelly Clarkson, Leona Lewis and Miley Cyrus will head the lineup of this year’s show, which is set to air live Thursday, Sept. 17 at 9/8c. Peep the press release below, and click hit Divas.VH1.com to share your Divas Story about how your favorite diva influenced your life:
After a four-year hiatus, VH1 will bring back the legendary live concert event VH1 Divas by featuring some of pop music?s most talented female artists ? Adele, Kelly Clarkson, Leona Lewis and Miley Cyrus. The VH1 Divas concert will be televised live on VH1 on Thursday, September 17 at 9/8c.
For the first time ever, these leading ladies at the top of their musical game will perform together live at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) Howard Gilman Opera House in Brooklyn, New York.? Continuing in true Divas tradition, the evening will feature a night of unforgettable performances from various performers, presenters and special guests. Additional performers and presenters will be announced in the coming weeks.
Fans can go now to Divas.VH1.com to submit a ?Diva Stories? text or video testimonial that tells the world how their favorite diva has influenced their life. VH1 wants to hear from all Divas? fans ? favorite songs, favorite moments and the craziest things they?ve done to show their diva how they feel.? Select testimonials may be featured online and on-air leading up to this year?s live telecast. Users will also be able to browse and view other?s testimonials as well as receive news and updates on VH1 Divas. In mid-August, VH1 will launch additional online elements including past performances and Divas-inspired music video playlists. Users can also follow all show-related news and details, as well as thoughts on this year?s show from other fans by following the VH1 Divas twitter account at http://twitter.com/vh1divas.
?An amazingly talented group of young women have successfully launched themselves into the global music scene since our last VH1 Divas show.? We?re very excited to have so many of them join us at this year?s momentous event,? said Lee Rolontz, EVP, Original Music Production & Development VH1, and VH1 Classic.? ?Adele, Kelly, Leona and Miley have all captured the world?s attention with their talent and have earned their designation as VH1 Divas this year.? Don?t let some of their young age?s fool you ? these women are among the best entertainers in the world and will continue to thrill music fans for a long time to come.?
Premiering on VH1 in 1998, VH1 Divas became synonymous with some of the most memorable live female vocal performances in television history.? The show quickly became a highly anticipated annual phenomenon, generating speculation among music fans and industry executives on who would be part of that year?s telecast.? Previous featured performers over the years included Diana Ross, Tina Turner, Cher, Mariah Carey, Celine Dion, Aretha Franklin, Mary J. Blige, Shania Twain, Faith Hill, Whitney Houston, Beyonce, Chaka Khan and many more.
VH1 Divas is executive produced by Lee Rolontz, Rick Krim and Patrizia DiMaria.
As in previous years, VH1 Divas specials raise funds for the VH1 Save The Music Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to restoring instrumental music education in American public schools, and raising awareness about the importance of music as part of each child’s complete education. Since VH1 Save The Music was created in 1997, more than $43 million worth of musical instruments have been donated to 1,600 public schools in 100 cities, improving the lives of more than 1.2 million children.
Exclusive VH1 Save The Music VIP tickets and Gold Circle ticket packages will offer premium seating to the live VH1 Divas concert plus pre and post party access and an exclusive gift bag. ?Event sponsorship opportunities are also available to the two distinctively different VH1 Divas Parties on the same night. For more information on tickets or to sponsor an event, please contact: Nia.Mack@vh1savethemusic.com or at 212-846-7324.
VH1 Divas is sponsored by Garnier? Fructis? and CoverGirl?.
It’s the video you’ve been hearing about and waiting to see!? Mariah Carey takes on the haters in her new video “Obsessed” from her upcoming album Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel. ? See Mimi? do double duty as her sexy self and jump genders to portray an obsessed celebrity stalker who bears resemblance to a certain Detroit rapper who’s name rhymes with Grim Gravy.
Listen to American Idol veteran Jordin Sparks‘ brand new CD Battlefield (19/Jive/JLG) in full a week before it hits stores! The album, her second, is filled with tunes about life and love and features production from Stargate, Claude Kelly and T-Pain among others.
CLICK HERE to watch My Playlist: Jordin Sparks and see her favorite videos and exclusive interview footage!
Watch Beyonce‘s hot new video “Sweet Dreams” from her album I Am? Sasha Fierce and see her dance up a sultry storm.
VH1 sent Matchbox Twenty singer and solo star Rob Thomas into Times Square here in New York City to answer anything and everything people wanted to know and you won’t believe some of the things they asked him.? Watch the entire playlist and more Rob Thomas videos HERE
But wait, that’s not all the exclusive Rob Thomas content we have on VH1!
Want to know Rob Thomas’ favorite tunes? Then CLICK HERE to see My Playlist: Rob Thomas! and if that’s still not enough Rob for you then watch 5 Questions: Rob Thomas to hear more of his thoughts on life, love and music.
Matchbox Twenty singer Rob Thomas has a brand new full-length solo album, Cradlesong, coming out this week so what better way to celebrate than by watching some of his favorite videos and hear him talk about the music he loves.? Find out how 10,000 Maniacs changed his life and why he has a love / hate relationship with fellow pop-rockers and former opening band Maroon 5!
The coolest video game on Earth just got a whole lot cooler! Green Day has gotten the Rock Band treatment and the first selection of their songs arrives July 7th as down loadable content and will be a three-pack of songs from their awesome new album 21st Century Breakdown:? “21 Guns,” “Know Your Enemy,” and “East Jesus Nowhere.”
To get more info please visit the Rock Band website and get in the mood by peeping Green Day’s latest video “21 Guns.”
CLICK HERE to see more Green Day music videos and exclusive interviews in their “Box Set”!
UPDATE! Our sweepstakes is over. Thanks to all the participants!
“Back In Black” and “Highway To Hell” sound great blasting from a radio. But there’s nothing like seeing AC/DC crank out their hits on stage. After three decades of shaking crowds all night long, Angus and company still have the passion needed to clobber an audience with their hard rock attack. Yep, their current Black Ice World tour is a must for long time fans.
What could be heavier? Well, for two nights, in Boston and New York, AC/DC has invited the one and only Anvil to open for them. The veteran metal band is all the rage right now thanks to their critically-acclaimed documentary, Anvil! The Story of Anvil, which depicts the rough road the guys have traveled and the optimism they still sustain. For Anvil, sharing the stage with AC/DC is like a dream come true. Check the VH1 News report on the metal hook-up.
The best part? Our Anvil & AC/DC: Living The Rock ‘n’ Roll Dream Sweepstakes can put you at one of these shows. We’re giving away five pairs of tickets for the July 28th Boston show at Gillette Stadium, and five pairs of tickets for the July 31st New York show at Giants Stadium. In addition, each of the 10 winners will get the AC/DC Rock Band game (you get to choose which hardware version: Wii, PS3, Xbox, or PS2.
Comment below on what your rock ‘n’ roll dream is. Did you ever want to meet a certain musical hero? Did your band ever want to play a certain venue? Did you meet your significant other at a rock show? Bend the theme however you like to make it work, but let us know. Your entry in the comments field places you in the running for our random drawing. The sweeps is open through July 10.
You can also go to vh1.com on your mobile phone to enter.