When Rock the Bells sets up in San Bernardino this fall, the traveling hip-hop festival will feature two of hip-hop’s most revered – and dead – voices:
For its 10th anniversary, the festival, which kicks off in San Bernardino on Sept. 7 and Sept. 8, announced the bill would feature younger rhyme-slayers like Big Krit, Danny Brown and Tyler the Creator, agile voices like Rakim,
Chang Weisberg, founder of the Pomona-based concert promotions and marketing firm Guerilla Union, which curates the festival, announced the lineup Tuesday night.
Weisberg said he wanted to take a cue from Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg’s
ODB will "perform" alongside Wu-Tang Clan, who reunited in full to mark the 20th anniversary of their groundbreaking debut, "Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)," with a performance at Coachella in April and an album slated for later this year.
Eazy-E's "appearance" will come during a performance from Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, who broke the Cleveland hip-hop group back in the early '90s. Bone Thugs reunited for the first time in more than 20 years at last year's festival. Speaking of reunions of vintage acts, Jurassic 5, who recently banded together to play Coachella, will also hit the stage.
Nostalgia has long played a critical role in the festival that hits four cities on the West and East Coasts in the fall.
For years the festival devoted headlining slots to veteran lyricists performing seminal albums in their entirety (Lauryn Hill,
Tyler the Creator’s
Rock the Bells will also travel to Mountain View, Calif.;
A pre-sale is set for Thursday at 10 a.m., with tickets going on sale to the general public Saturday. The full lineup and ticket info can be found at RockTheBells.net.