Times Staff Writer

The big news so far in the Orange County outdoor pop concert season is that the Bob Dylan-Tom Petty tour will make its only metropolitan-area stop in June at the Pacific Amphitheatre in Costa Mesa. The date is expected to be announced at a press conference today.

Beyond that show, the nearly 30 confirmed concerts at the Pacific Amphitheatre and Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre in Irvine are part of an estimated 100 acts expected to appear at the two facilities.

The Pacific Amphitheatre’s season opens April 22 with Simple Minds. Alabama and Charlie Daniels will appear on May 4, followed by the Firm, May 23; Rush, May 25-26; Kool & the Gang, June 20; Frank Sinatra, June 22; Bob Hope, July 6; Jeffrey Osborne, July 11; the Beach Boys, July 16: Dave Brubeck/Stan Getz/Dizzy Gillespie, Aug. 1; Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme, Aug. 16; the Moody Blues, Sept. 1; Julio Iglesias, Sept. 27; Mr. Mister, Oct. 3; Sandi Patti, Oct. 18. The Eurythmics and Culture Club are due in August and September, respectively, but dates haven’t been confirmed.

Pacific Amphitheatre general manager Steve Redfearn said that ticket information for shows not already on sale will be announced within the next month.


Irvine Meadows’ season started March 22 with Pat Benatar and picks up again Saturday and Sunday with the Grateful Dead. Steve Rennie, vice president of Avalon Attractions which books Irvine Meadows shows, also announced the following acts: Echo & the Bunnymen, April 19; the Violent Femmes, April 27; Judas Priest, May 9; Heart, May 18; the Alarm, May 31; Tangerine Dream, June 6; Siouxsie & the Banshees, June 14; Gallagher’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Party with Fishbone, the Red Hot Chili Peppers and the Blasters, June 28; Julian Lennon, July 25; James Brown, Aug. 1; Chick Corea, Sept. 13. Some of these shows are already on sale.