It’s On! Eagles, Fleetwood Mac to Headline Classic East and Westby Best Classic Bands Staff
Our story from when the news broke on March 29…
The old adage “where there’s smoke, there’s fire” certainly applies here. Ever since earlier this month (March 2) when Billboard first reported of a pair of classic rock festivals headlined by the Eagles and Fleetwood Mac, details kept emerging with specific dates and then full lineups. Today (March 29), the rumors (or is that rumours?) were confirmed.
The events, billed as The Classic East at New York City’s Citi Field and The Classic West at Los Angeles’ Dodger Stadium, were formally announced with the lineups just as they had been reported.
The Classic West comes first with the Eagles headlining Saturday, July 15, with support by Steely Dan and the Doobie Brothers. On Sunday, July 16, Fleetwood Mac headlines, with Journey and Earth, Wind & Fire opening.
Two weeks’ later, the same bill arrives at Citi Field on July 29-30.
Mick Fleetwood told The New York Times that he had been in attendance last October at Desert Trip. “I was there like a stalker fan,” Fleetwood said. “And it was so cool! It was emotionally charged.”
As the announcement breathlessly states: “The Classic East (and The Classic West) will be the first time in history that these six esteemed artists have ever played together on the same stage in two of America’s greatest cities for rock & roll.”
Tickets for the general public will be available starting Friday, April 7 at 10 a.m. local time or by phone at 1-800-745-3000. There is an eight-ticket limit per person. Prices range from $150 to $950 for both nights at each venue. No single day tickets are being sold.
The organizers have created a website with a “how’d they get that?” URL.
Though the organizers are not calling it a festival, it certainly has that vibe. Parking lots will open at 2 p.m., gates at 3:30. The shows are scheduled to begin at 5, rain or shine.
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Of the parallels in the two headliners’ careers, Fleetwood said to the Times: “The Eagles and Fleetwood Mac were sort of dueling bands in many ways. We all knew each other and all hung out together in the early days.”