Metallica, Guns N’ Roses, AC/DC to headline PowerTrip concert at Empire Polo Club

Guns N' Roses' Axl Rose, AC/DC's Brian Johnson and James Hetfield.
Guns N’ Roses’ Axl Rose, AC/DC’s Brian Johnson and Metallica’s James Hetfield.
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The lineup for October’s PowerTrip metal festival just got twice as heavy.

Guns N’ Roses, AC/DC and Tool will join the previously rumored Metallica, Iron Maiden and Ozzy Osbourne for the inaugural edition of the festival from Coachella promoter Goldenvoice.

Like its classic-rock forebearer Desert Trip, the concert will bring two acts per night to Indio’s Empire Polo Club, on the weekend of Oct. 6-8. The lineup will pair Guns N’ Roses and Iron Maiden on Friday, AC/DC and Osbourne on Saturday and Tool and Metallica on Sunday.

Three-day general admission tickets start at $599. Tickets go on sale April 6.


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Goldenvoice has thrown a metal festival on the Coachella site before — Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax (the “Big Four” of thrash metal) performed together in 2011.

But this bill more closely follows the format of 2016’s Desert Trip, which brought together Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones, the Who, Paul McCartney, Neil Young and Roger Waters in what became the most lucrative music festival in U.S. history, grossing $160 million.

Word of the fest first circulated on Tuesday, after Metallica and Osbourne posted links to a brief video pointing fans to a new website for PowerTrip. Metallica’s PowerTrip headline gig will follow a two-night run at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood in August. Iron Maiden last performed in Los Angeles in 2019, and though the 74-year-old Osbourne’s health issues recently led to canceled tour plans, the onetime Black Sabbath frontman said he’d hit the stage again if he recovered.

Former Coachella headliners Guns N’ Roses last performed in L.A. in 2021, while AC/DC headlined Dodger Stadium in 2015. Tool played in Anaheim last year.