Six artists will play the inaugural Classic East and Classic West festivals in New York and Los Angeles, Billboard has learned.
Eagles will open the first night of the series with Steely Dan and The Doobie Brothers. The second night will feature performances by Fleetwood Mac, Journey and Earth, Wind & Fire. Classic West will kick off July 15-16 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, with Classic East scheduled two weeks later, July 29-30, at Citi Field in New York.
The fall lineup comes just a week after Billboard broke the story that the Eagles and Fleetwood Mac were planning a summer series and possible festival franchise organized by Azoff MSG Entertainment, Live Nation, the Oak View Group and CAA.
Classic East and Classic West are being compared to last year’s Desert Trip festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California. The Goldenvoice-promoted event took place over two weekends and included performances by The Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, Roger Waters, Bob Dylan, Neil Young and The Who, generating a staggering $160 million gross. AEG Presents Chairman Jay Marciano has not yet revealed if Desert Trip will return in 2017.
All six bands at the inaugural Classic East and Classic West festival have management ties to music mogul Irving Azoff, and four new artists announced Friday (March 10) are touring throughout the summer. Steely Dan is playing a nine-show residency this April at the Venetian in Las Vegas, while Journey has tour dates booked throughout 2017 leading up to the first weekend of the festival. Earth, Wind & Fire are touring through July and playing the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Fest on May 5, while The Doobie Brothers are touring in July and June with Chicago.
Fleetwood Mac and the Eagles have not announced any additional 2017 dates beyond Classic East and Classic West. For more information, visit The Classic’s official event website.