Sturgis’ Bizzare Music Festival
Thursday, July 22, 2010
Is it just me or did Sturgis
get way more interesting this year? At least its musical lineup. There so much on tap, it’s difficult to fathom the amount and the variety.
Bob Dylan’s playing Sturgis? Bob Dylan! The Bob Dylan from the ‘60s and stuff? The Times They Are a Changin’ guy? Surely, it must be a Bob Dylan impersonator. Nope, it’s the real guy. And the old troubadour is but one of many unexpected names on the billing.
The latest big addition is Guns n’ frickin’ Roses, who have chosen Sturgis to play their first US show since… forever. That’s right, Guns n’ Roses headlines with the reformed Alice in Chains at the Rock ‘n Rev Sturgis festival on August 13th. GNR and Alice in Chains are right in my formative-musical-years wheelhouse, along with Stone Temple Pilots who also will be playing, with STP headlining the same festival August 11.
The Rock n’ Rev show has a lot bands playing that I don’t follow, but know enough to know they’re big. Daughtry, Hinder, 3 Doors Down, Wolfmother… All are Sturgis-bound.
Of course, there is the usual repertoire of ‘70s and ‘80s hair bands you expect at Sturgis, aka the ZZ Tops and Guess Whos and Scorpions. But then there’s OZZY! Go ahead, say it in a low pitched devil voice with your hands making the sign of the horns. Yes, Ozzy Osbourne will be there, the original Black Sabbath frontman mumbling his way on stage at the Buffalo Chip Campground just two days after Bob Dylan performs.
And then there's the most oddball concert entry of them all, Pee-Wee Herman also performs at the Buffalo Chip. Yes, Pee-Wee Herman. That Pee-Wee Herman.
Either I’m getting older, or Sturgis is getting younger… or a little of both. This year, there seems to be something for everyone.
Check out the full event list at www.sturgis.com/calendar/schedule.php
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