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  • Rock the Bells Line Up Announced!

    Apr 23 2008, 4:30

    GUERILLA UNION NEWS UPDATE APRIL 22, 2008

    GUERILLA UNION TEAMS WITH MYSPACE TO ANNOUNCE PERFORMERS AND ROUTING OF THE LEADING HIP-HOP FESTIVAL SERIES TODAY AT ALL-STAR PRESS CONFERENCE AND SECRET SHOW

    2008 ROCK THE BELLS INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL SERIES POWERED BY SANDISK LINE-UP RELEASED

    HEADLINERS INCLUDE A Tribe Called Quest, Nas, Mos Def, De La Soul, Rakim AND
    REUNITED SPECIAL GUESTS THE Pharcyde
    WITH ADDITIONAL PERFORMANCES BY Spank Rock, Santogold, Kid Sister, Jay Electronica AND MANY MORE!

    ROCK THE BELLS has established itself as a world-class hip-hop platform by hosting legendary performances. The 2007 festival series included performances by a reunited Rage Against the Machine, the Wu Tang Clan, Public Enemy celebrating their 20th anniversary as a band and many more. The tradition of top names and memorable performances continues in 2008 as the line-up and routing for this year’s ROCK THE BELL 2008 INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL SERIES POWERED BY SANDISK--kicking off July 19 in Chicago--was announced today during a press conference in Claremont, CA by Chang Weisberg of Guerilla Union and hip-hop all-stars A Tribe Called Quest, De La Soul, Raekwon, Murs, and Supernatural who are all confirmed on this summer’s bill.

    Featuring performances by A Tribe Called Quest, Nas, Mos Def, De La Soul, Rakim, Method Man & Redman, Raekwon & Ghostface (Cuban Linx), Immortal Technique, dead prez, Murs and Kidz in the Hall, the ROCK THE BELLS 2008 INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL SERIES POWERED BY SANDISK once again is marked by the leading hip-hop line-up seen on one bill this year. This year will be highlighted with an unexpected reunion of The Pharcyde. But it does not stop there, as fans will also see performances by the brightest names in the emerging electro-hip hop scene including Spank Rock, Santogold, Kid Sister, Wale, Flosstradamus, Jay Electronica and The Cool Kids with hosts B-Real of Cypress Hill and the world renowned Supernatural.

    After its July 19 launch, ROCK THE BELLS 2008 INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL SERIES POWERED BY SANDISK will hit nine more North American cities on seven consecutive weekends, wrapping up in Vancouver at the end of August. 2008 also marks the first year that ROCK THE BELLS will go global with four stops in Europe and one in Japan. Highlights of the series include first time dates in Toronto, Vancouver and Philadelphia, plus a return to the Glen Helen Pavilion in San Bernardino, CA where last year’s show sold out with a capacity crowd of 45,000 people. Pre-sale tickets will be available May 14th - 16th via www.guerillaunion.com, and then to the general public on May 17th. Exclusive LA pre-sale starts on May 7th-9th with on-sale to follow May 10th.

    Most of this year’s headliners will be performing with new music as well; performers with albums coming out this year include Q-Tip from A Tribe Called Quest with The Renaissance, Nas with Nigg*r, Mos Def with The Ecstactic, and Murs with his major-label debut Murs for President. Method Man & Redman return with Blackout 2, the follow-up disc to their 1999 platinum selling album Blackout!, and Ghostface Killah will join Wu Tang Clan bandmate Raekwon to perform songs from Only Built 4 Cuban Linx II, Raekwon’s highly anticipated follow up to the critically acclaimed 1995 release Only Built 4 Cuban Linx.

    Event organizer Chang Weisberg of Guerilla Union is thrilled with the direction on this year’s festival series stating: “This year’s line-up represents, respects and recognizes the diversity and inspirational possibilities often promised, but rarely delivered in a live hip-hop experience. We really feel that this year’s group of artists define our platform and further galvanize the legacy that Rock The Bells has earned through the years. Guerilla Union constantly strives to curate shows that house those once-in-a-lifetime performance experiences that our fans have come to expect. I am thrilled that the majority of performers on this year’s bill have new music to showcase, and we have still managed to deliver all the qualities of Rock The Bells that our fans demand year after year. There’s always something fresh and familiar about our line-ups. Fortunately, we have a knack for making Hip Hop dreams come true. And this year is going to be no different.”

    “We are very enthusiastic about partnering with Myspace.com (a place for Hip Hop) to announce this year’s line-up to an audience of 70,000,000 people,” adds Weisberg. “Traditionally, we have launched our shows via print and radio, but this year we will tap into the muscle of Myspace.com to help expose our platform to an unprecedented global audience. Our shows provide a visceral and aural backdrop to the legions of dedicated fans. Fortunately, the live experience can never be duplicated or downloaded, but the memories and experiences continue to live digitally on our cameras, mobile phones and Myspace pages. Viral outlets have become our fans’ method of choice when spreading the word on the Hip Hop lifestyle and community. What better way to launch our event than by capturing that audience globally via MySpace.”

    In addition, Guerilla Union has announced that SanDisk has renewed its partnership with Rock The Bells to introduce mobile flash memory to their community and SanDisk as a title sponsor to our festival series. “Micro SD technology can help change the music industry,” says Weisberg. “We are proud to work with SanDisk and develop better ways to empower artists and the fans who enjoy their music. Rock The Bells will host SanDisk’s “Wake Up Your Phone” campaign. We are constantly amazed at how flash memory improves the functionality of everyone’s cell phone. Our fans are on top of their “tech game” and we believe that this partnership will improve the live experience in general by incorporating these new technologies into the fan experience. Our festivals are uniquely powered by SanDisk and we thank them for all of their support.”

    Guerilla Union’s ROCK THE BELLS 2008 INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL SERIES POWERED BY SANDISK, has established itself as a world-class hip-hop platform by hosting legendary performances by Rage Against the Machine, NAS, A Tribe Called Quest, Public Enemy, Lauryn Hill, Blackstar (Talib Kweli and Mos Def), Hieroglyphics, Living Legends, De La Soul, Busta Rhymes, Cypress Hill and Jurassic 5 as well as reuniting Wu-Tang for their last performance with ODB in 2004. In 2007 it was the top-grossing hip-hop event in the country.

    ROCK THE BELLS INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL SERIES POWERED BY SANDISK DATES:

    Sat 7/19 - Chicago, IL
    Sun 7/20 - Toronto, ON
    Sat 7/26 - Boston, MA
    Sun 7/27 - New York, NY
    Sat 8/2 - Miami, FL
    Sun 8/3 - Philadelphia, PA
    Sat 8/9 - Los Angeles, CA
    Sat 8/16 - San Francisco, CA
    Sat 8/23 - Denver, CO
    Sat 8/30 - Vancouver, BC

    www.guerillaunion.com

    www.myspace.com/rockthebells
  • 31 Days (1 Month) until Rage Against the Machine

    Mar 29 2007, 15:36

    As this monumental day draws ever closer, my excitement and anticipation grow to new levels :) This is it, this is for real, no fucking around. And I know I'm not alone; RATM is probably one of the most beloved bands of "our" generation and will be one of the artists considered to be the 'classic rock' of it, if you will. So, if you are attending Coachella, how are you feeling right about now? What song you think they will open with? Is it going to be another Woodstock 99 or can we all keep our composure? For those who can't make the trip, are you counting the days till Rock the Bells? Will this spark some sort of change politically? Vent on me! We've been waiting for this day.....

    **update**
    Just decided to bite the bullet and buy tickets to both cali dates for RtB. So this means I'll be seeing rage on every possible date! Anyone else going for this?

    ----plugs-
    Rage Against the Machine
    Coachella
    Rock the Bells (New York)
    Rock the Bells (San Francisco)
    Rock the Bells (San Bernardino)
  • Rock the Bells 2007

    Mar 26 2007, 15:03

    Ok so they dropped the full line-up...heres the e-mail:

    FESTIVAL EXPANDS WITH 15 ADDITIONAL SUMMER TOUR DATES
    HEADLINED BY THE WU-TANG CLAN AND NAS

    TICKETS GO ON SALE SATURDAY, MARCH 31
    AT ALL TICKETMASTER LOCATIONS

    Guerilla Union--the presenters of the 2007 ROCK THE BELLS critically acclaimed hip-hop experiences July 28 at Randall’s Island, New York; August 11 at the NOS Events Center San Bernardino, CA; and August 18 at McCovey Cove Parking Lot (near AT&T Park), San Francisco with headliners The Wu-Tang Clan and Rage Against The Machine--have announced further details about their 2007North American festival series.

    Artists confirmed for exclusive live performances on these three ROCK THE BELLS summer shows include:

    Rage Against the Machine
    Wu-Tang Clan
    Nas*
    Cypress Hill
    The Roots
    Mos Def
    EPMD
    MF DOOM*
    Pharoahe Monch
    Felt*
    Sage Francis
    Hieroglyphics*
    Immortal Technique
    Living Legends*
    Blackalicious*
    The Coup*
    Murs*
    Jedi Mind Tricks
    Brother Ali*
    Cage*
    Mr. Lif*
    Grouch & Eligh*
    Hangar 18*
    Blueprint*
    Lucky I Am*
    plus very special guests Public Enemy who celebrate their monumental 20-year anniversary.

    DJs on all dates are Mike Realm, C-Minus, Icy Ice and Rocky Rock. The ROCK THE BELLS festivals will be hosted by Supernatural, Rahzel and Hi-Tek. (*Performing select cities.)

    In addition to the New York and Californian dates, ROCK THE BELLS will expand with 15 additional dates where the Wu-Tang Clan will be joined by Nas as the co-headliner. (Rage Against The Machine will appear at the three aforementioned dates only.) The historic tour will begin July 28 in New York City and wrap-up on the west coast in late August. The Paid Dues Independent Hip Hop Festival--which sold-out the Orange Pavilion in San Bernardino, CA this past weekend--will also hit the road this summer on a 10-city run across the continent joining up with two ROCK THE BELLS dates in New York City and San Bernardino, CA. The cities and venues, final line-up for each date and ticket information will be announced in the coming weeks.

    www.rockthebells.net

    um...damn, i'm excited.

    **UPDATES**
    ok, so I'm slightly late on a few things here but lets run down:

    Wednesday (3/28) at 10am log on to: www.Ticketmaster.com
    Search Rock the Bells
    In the ROCK THE BELLS Presale Password box enter: GUERILLA
    New York Tickets are $83 General Admission and $156 VIP
    San Bernardino Tickets are $76 General Admission and $151 VIP
    San Francisco Tickets are $76 General Admission and $151 VIP
    There is a 4 ticket limit for the pre sale.
    You will need a major credit card.
    Pre-sale ends Friday (3/30) at 10pm, or when the pre-sale ticket allocation is gone.

    I'm sure most have already ordered tickets, if not get to it. now for the:

    Lineup by City (CRUCIAL!)

    SATURDAY JULY 28th, RANDALL'S ISLAND
    Rage Against the Machine
    Wu-Tang Clan
    Cypress Hill
    The Roots
    MOS DEF
    EPMD
    Pharoahe Monch
    Immortal Technique
    Sage Francis
    Jedi Mind Tricks
    Felt
    Living Legends
    Brother Ali
    Cage
    Mr. Lif
    Grouch and Eligh
    Hangar 18
    Blueprint
    Lucky I Am
    Public Enemy
    + Surprise Performances
    Hosted by Supernatural, Rahzel, Hi-Tek
    DJ's Mike Relm, Icy Ice, C-Minus, Rocky Rock, Mark Luv

    SATURDAY AUGUST 11 SAN BERNARDINO
    Rage Against the Machine
    Wu-Tang Clan
    Cypress Hill
    The Roots
    Nas
    Mos Def
    EPMD
    Pharoahe Monch
    MF Doom
    Immortal Technique
    Sage Francis
    The Coup
    Jedi Mind Tricks
    Felt
    Living Legends
    Brother Ali
    Cage
    Mr. Lif
    Grouch & Eligh
    Hangar 18
    Blueprint
    Lucky I Am
    Public Enemy
    + Plus Special Surprise Performances
    Hosted by Supernatural, Rahzel, Hi-Tek
    DJ's Mike Relm, Icy Ice, C-Minus, Rocky Rock, Mark Luv

    SATURDAY AUGUST 18 SAN FRANCISCO
    Rage Against the Machine
    Wu-Tang Clan
    Cypress Hill
    The Roots
    Nas
    Mos Def
    EPMD
    Pharoahe Monch
    MF Doom
    Hieroglyphics
    Blackalicious
    Murs 3:16
    Sage Francis
    Immortal Technique
    The Coup
    Jedi Mind Tricks
    Public Enemy
    + Special Surprise Performances
    Hosted by Supernatural, Rahzel, Hi-Tek
    DJ's DJ Mike Relm, C-Minus, Rocky Rock

    make sure you check and double-check that list, some major things differ from coast-to-coast and even date-to-date.

    happy planning :)
  • Bonobo - Days to Come

    Set 8 2006, 15:08

    Yes! After some real disapointments this year (some of them even receiving heavy praise ?!) finally my ears are graced with a great album by an artist I was eagerly anticipating something great from.. This album is superb and altho some will love/hate the vocal cuts with Bajka, I find it to be an instant classic. Simon Green, my ears repeatedly thank you.


    Bonobo
  • New DJ Shadow

    Ago 3 2006, 19:41

    Again, an EXTREME wtf?! I mean i was already expecting something lackluster, but this is almost shocking. Such a let-down!! Cut Chemist's album has such greater replayability, something I was not expecting.
  • New KRS-One: Major dissapointment.

    Apr 25 2006, 3:46

    I mean like...wow. That is all.