Power Trip Announced For A Long, Hard, October Weekend in Indio

For those about to rock in the desert for a three day weekend... we salute you.

This week the rumor mill was cranked to 11 when a mysterious, new Twitter account Power Trip was followed by Coachella Festival promoters, Goldenvoice; as well as rockers Ozzy Osbourne, Metallica and Iron Maiden.

The instant speculation was there would be a metal version of 2016's Desert Trip (which was also produced by GV) on the Coachella grounds in Indio. That star-studded weekend featured Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, The Who, Neil Young, and Roger Waters over three special nights.

The Rolling Stones at Desert Trip in 2016

With Ozzy, Metallica and Maiden all but confirming it via their Twitter activity with the new account, the only question was who would the other three top acts be? Today the official announcement was made and filling out the bill will be AC/DC, Guns n Roses and Tool.

The bands will perform October 6, 7, and 8 at the Empire Polo Club, home of the annual Coachella fest. Tickets start at $600 for the weekend.

A billboard advertising Guns n Roses at Coachella in 2016 in Silver Lake, CA – By Tony Pierce

The additions of AC/DC and Guns (both of whom have previously headlined Coachella in 2015 and 2016, respectively), but Tool is a bit of a wildcard. All five of the other acts have sold more than 100 million albums each (Ozzy sold over 70 million as a solo act; while his original band, Black Sabbath, has sold 75 million), but Tool, as talented and popular as they may be, have only sold 14 million. Quite the dropoff.

The lineup of the Coachella Stage in 2015 at Coachella the night AC/DC rocked the polo fields.

The inclusion of Ozzy is a delightful bit of news. Just last month the 74-year-old singer cancelled his European tour due to a spinal injury and many feared he'd never rock live again.

“My one and only purpose during this time has been to get back on stage. My singing voice is fine. However, after three operations three operations, stem cell treatments, endless physical therapy sessions, and most recently groundbreaking Cybernics (HAL) Treatment, my body is still physically weak,” the self proclaimed Prince of Darkness wrote in a tweet. “I have now come to the realization that I’m not physically capable of doing my upcoming European/UK tour dates, as I know I couldn’t deal with the travel required.”

Not only is she his wife, but Sharon is Ozzy's manager, so if she confirms he will be there, he will be there.

If Power Trip has done anything, perhaps it has given Ozzy a reason to apply the guyliner one last time and then retire in the desert like so many others.

Will members from Sabbath join him on stage during his set? Will Axl Rose join AC/DC during their set? Will Steven Adler get behind the drums for a song or two with Guns?

Ticket info at the Power Trip website. But be warned, the prices for the packages - and even camping - are already being criticized.

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Last updated: 24 May 2024, 19:09 Etc/UTC