Beyonce and husband Jay Z perform at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards at Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Beyonce, Jay Z planning joint summer stadium tour with Rose Bowl stop

Beyonce and Jay Z surprised festival-goers at Coachella last weekend with a few unannounced appearances. But music’s most famous couple have a bigger trick up their sleeves: a summer stadium run.

The married superstars will launch their first joint tour in June, a source close to the production told The Times.

Page Six first broke news of a trek that is slated to hit 20 cities in the U.S., including a possible Fourth of July appearance in New York City.

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Expected to be named, aptly, the Mr. and Mrs. Carter Tour, according to our source, the U.S. leg will launch June 13 in Atlanta and wrap Aug. 6 in San Francisco.

The tour is expected to have a stop at the Rose Bowl, tentatively set for Aug. 3 date. That show would be just days before Eminem and Rihanna’s highly anticipated Monster Tour sets up a two-night stand in Pasadena.

The two then plan on taking the show to Europe, with multiple shows scheduled in Paris this September, a source...

The debut album by Duck Sauce is "Quack."

Review: Fresh from Coachella, Duck Sauce keeps beat moving on 'Quack'

One oft-reported takeaway from this year’s Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, which ran Friday through Sunday and will repeat this weekend in Indio, is that kids have taken over the place.

Yet while that may have been true on the festival’s rock stages,  where newish bands such as Bastille and Bombay Bicycle Club dramatically outdrew the wizened Replacements and Afghan Whigs,  it wasn’t quite the case in the enormous Sahara tent, Coachella’s home for big-beat dance music.

Sure, 17-year-old Martin Garrix and 24-year-old Zedd overflowed the Sahara with thousands of revelers, many of whom looked about the same age as the DJs onstage.

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But huge crowds also flocked to the tent for well-received sets by Fatboy Slim, that balding avatar of late-’90s electronica, and Duck Sauce, the sly New York City duo that pairs the veteran DJ-producers A-Trak and Armand Van Helden.

And those turnouts weren’t about loyalty or...

AC/DC lead singer Brian Johnson, center, Scottish guitarist Malcom Young, left, and his brother Angus Young, shown performing in Switzerland in 2009. Johnson has dismissed reports that the group is disbanding because of Malcolm Young's health.

Brian Johnson says AC/DC not disbanding, but illness taints future

AC/DC lead singer Brian Johnson has told a British newspaper that rumors of the band’s impending breakup are only that.

"We are definitely getting together in May in Vancouver," Johnson told the U.K.'s Telegraph. "We're going to pick up some guitars, have a plonk, and see if anybody has got any tunes or ideas. If anything happens, we'll record it."

Reports that the long-running Australian rock band would be calling it quits revolved around news that guitarist Malcom Young, lead guitarist Angus Young’s older brother, is seriously ill.

In the interview with the Telegraph, Johnson did confirm that one of the band’s members has “a debilitating illness” that could affect how AC/DC moves forward.

"I wouldn't like to say anything either way about the future,” Johnson said. “I'm not ruling anything out. One of the boys has a debilitating illness, but I don't want to say too much about it. He is very proud and private, a wonderful chap. We've been pals...

Jay Z announces Made in America festival will come to Los Angeles

Jay Z announces Made in America festival will come to Los Angeles

Jay Z’s Made in America is officially coming to Los Angeles.

The rap mogul, along with Mayor Eric Garcetti, Budweiser and United Way, announced that the festival will take over downtown’s Grand Park and surrounding areas in front of and around City Hall over Labor Day weekend (Aug. 30-31).

“Two years ago, this was a dream,” Jay Z said from the steps of City Hall early Wednesday. "I had a vision of putting together a festival that blurred those lines of genres."

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Staged at the same time as the one in Philadelphia -- it will have its third run this year-- the two-day Budweiser Made in America festival is expected to attract 50,000 festivalgoers to Grand Park.

Last year’s Made in America drew 60,000 fans each day to Philadelphia’s historic Benjamin Franklin Parkway for a lineup, curated by Jay Z, that included his superstar wife, Beyoncé, along with Deadmau5, Kendrick Lamar, Miguel, Nine Inch Nails,...


Coachella live chat: Weekend 2 preview

The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival kicked off last weekend, with fans traveling to Indio, Calif.,  from all over the world to watch their favorite acts perform -- or perhaps just to see and be seen at the several dozen pool parties happening off-site.

Musical highlights from the first weekend were plentiful -- Big Boi, Ellie Goulding and Chvrches were just a few, along with surprise appearances by Diddy, Jay Z, Snoop Dogg and even Justin Bieber. And the food and fashion of Coachella provided even more standout moments.

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So what's in store for Weekend 2? Today at noon, L.A. Times social media editor Stacey Leasca will sit down with Coachella veterans Gerrick D. Kennedy, Mikael Wood and August Brown to discuss what fans can expect the second time around.

Have questions, comments or thoughts about Coachella? Tweet us @LATimes using the hashtag #AskLATimes. We will include as many of your comments as possible.


Veteran rocker David Crosby is performing five sold-out solo shows at the Troubadour in West Hollywood in conjunction with the recent release of "Croz," his first solo album in nearly 20 years.

Review: David Crosby revisits rock history at the Troubadour

When David Crosby wrote “Déjà Vu,” the song that would become the title track for the 1970 debut by rock supergroup Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, it was a meditation on recurrence.

When Crosby sang on stage Monday night at the Troubadour in West Hollywood, the song’s recurring refrain “And I feel like I’ve been here before,” it was personal memory, plain and simple.

Crosby is one of many important rock figures who got their start on the Troubadour’s stage, and for him that was nearly a half century ago. “The Byrds -- right there,” he said, pointing to the stage from his perch on anupstairs sofa between sets at the second of five sold-out solo shows this week at the venerable club.

In fact, Chris Hillman, another founding member of the Byrds, joined Crosby at Sunday's opening show to sing "Turn! Turn! Turn!"

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So Crosby's sense of déjà vu is understandable, but the centerpiece of the nearly 2½-hour...

Of the many guest performers who popped up during the weekend it was the Carters -- Beyonce and Jay Z, that is -- who created the biggest frenzy. In the final moments of Solange's sparkling set Saturday, big sister Beyonce  ran out for a high-spirited routine. Later in the evening, her hubby, Jay Z, helped his pal (and former rival) Nas mark rap history when he joined him for a two-song medley. Both were can't miss moments that flooded the Internet, likely pushing FOMO feelings among non-festival-goers to new peaks. Mr. and Mrs. Carter seriously need to take their show on the road, and soon. Pretty please?

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Country singer and songwriter Carlene Carter, daughter of June Carter, has a new album out that explores her heritage as a third-generation member of country's revered Carter Family.

Carlene Carter takes her place in the Carter Family with new album

Aspiring artists face few challenges more daunting than escaping the shadow of a family member who has established a reputation in the same field.

That goes double for Carlene Carter.

The veteran singer and songwriter not only is the daughter of one of the most prominent female figures in all of country music -- June Carter -- but she’s also the granddaughter of Mother Maybelle Carter, who along with her brother-in-law A.P. Carter and his wife was part of the Carter Family, a trio whose recordings and radio performances played a crucial role in bringing country music to the world nearly a century ago.

Oh, and her stepfather happened to be Johnny Cash.

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So, although Carlene Carter grew up with some of the most vaunted figures in country music history, she spent a major part of her early adulthood separating from the family tree.

Now, however, at age 58, the woman who briefly was married to British pub rocker Nick Lowe and spent quality time in...

Guitarist-vocalist Greg Dulli fronts Afghan Whigs.

R&B meets grim and grime in Afghan Whigs' 'Do to the Beast'

Rock 'n' roll has a way of romanticizing the tortured and the libertines, especially ones with a little poetry in them.

Singer Greg Dulli, whose band Afghan Whigs returns Tuesday with its first new album in 16 years, "Do to the Beast," clearly has a cultural standing to uphold. Booked for this month's Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, the indie rock veterans are the festival's older, musically adventurous misanthropes, but misanthropes nevertheless.

Yet his reignited passion to get the old band back together came from an unlikely place. 

Last year Dulli was unexpectedly asked if the Afghan Whigs would appear with Usher at the South by Southwest music festival and conference in Austin, Texas. 

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"We had 48 hours to put together a show with someone we had never met," said Dulli, 48. "I had only spoken to him on the phone. There was something really thrilling about doing something quickly. For lack of a better word, it made me feel like a...

Win Butler performs with Arcade Fire on the third and last day of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio.

Coachella Day 3 rewind: Final acts, fashion and Justin Bieber

The first weekend of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival has come and gone, but the tweets and Instagram photos will last forever (or at least until Weekend 2 kicks off Friday).

The special guest performances continued Sunday, with Drake taking the stage during Jhene Aiko's set and none other than Justin Bieber joining Chance the Rapper during his performance.

Check out a few more highlights from Day 3 at Coachella below.

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Justin Bieber at Coachella? Believe it. Bieber, left, performed with Chance the Rapper during Day 3 of the first weekend of the 2014 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.

Coachella 2014: A cynic's guide to 10 terrible festival truths

Coachella's great if you're rich, tan and beautiful, but those who fall outside that demographic should know that it's not all rose gardens, $15 artisan cocktails and Baco Mercat wraps. 

In fact, those with body image issues or a flat-lined bank account can be forgiven for sensing the occasional gag reflex at the displays on the Empire Polo Club in Indio. For all the music permeating the scene, it can be a very hostile and humbling environment, both socially and musically. 

To use the words of one attendee who, trapped in a mass of people trying to get a glimpse of Zedd, said flatly, "God I hate people." 

He may sound grumpy, but over three sun-baked days, he often had a point. Though the wonders of the musical weekend are many, it's not all bliss on the polo field. Below, a primer on a few red flags Coachella attendees will have to overcome to prevail. (Note: Many of the observations below are just as likely at other big-ticket festivals this summer.)

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