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Festival Pass: BeachLife sets fall return; Hollywood Bowl to come back this summer

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As I mentioned last week, we were expecting news from BeachLife. Festival organizers announced that it will return to Redondo Beach in September.

Also, the Hollywood Bowl is back in business even sooner. Shows will start up there in just a few weeks.

And since Rage Against the Machine dropped their 2022 rescheduled dates and Southern California is suspiciously missing, Tom and I also recorded a special edition of the Can’t Feel the Heat podcast to talk about Coachella 2022 dates.

Speaking of Coachella, every day that Facebook Memories pops up in April, there’s all of these images of the festival. It is super weird being at home for the second consecutive April. (If you want to take a trip down memory lane, here are some of our best Coachella photos from 2019 and photos of the art pieces through the years.)

On a more personal note, three years ago this week, Festival Pass was born. I figured I was already writing recaps from Coachella and Stagecoach, and people seemed to like reading about music festivals, so why not see they wanted to get those stories delivered to their inbox?

More than 150 editions and a pandemic later, I just want to say thank you to the thousands of you who give me a space in your inbox every week. And to those of you who have written back over the years to ask a question, share a funny story or just say hello, you have no idea how much those notes brighten my day. Festival Pass readers are the best.

And since we are gearing up for everything reopening, I really appreciate all of you who have forwarded the newsletter to all of the other live music fans in your life. As I said before, Festival Pass readers are the best!

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Rocking out to the sound of Keller Williams and The Grateful Gospel at the BeachLife Festival at Seaside Lagoon in Redondo Beach on Sunday, May 5, 2019.(Photo by Axel Koester, Contributing Photographer)

Back to the beach

The BeachLife Festival made a big splash with its 2019 debut and it was on track for an even bigger 2020, but then the pandemic happened. Now, it’s coming back to Redondo Beach. We don’t know who’s playing. We don’t know what the COVID-19 restrictions are. But we do know when BeachLife is happening.

Fireworks illuminate the night sky at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles on Tuesday, July 2, 2019. (Photo by Ed Crisostomo, Contributing Photographer)

An iconic venue returns

After going dark last year due to the pandemic, the Hollywood Bowl is coming back, starting with four free shows to celebrate frontline workers. Here’s what we know about the Hollywood Bowl’s abbreviated, limited-capacity 2021 season.

2007: Rage Against the Machine vocalist Zack de la Rocha, right, gives a wicked performance while bassist Tim Commerford gives the crowd what they want during the final day of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio on Sunday, April 29, 2007. (File photo by Rodrigo Peña)

Raging again

This week on the unofficial Coachella podcast “Can’t Feel the Heat” we are talking about the likely dates for Coachella 2022, based on some rescheduled tours from the likes of Rage Against the Machine and L’Impératrice. Check it out on Apple podcasts and Spotify.

In this Sunday, April 14, 2019 file photo, Bad Bunny performs on the Coachella Stage during the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio. Bad Bunny recently announced a 2022 tour with three Southern California stops. (File photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

Good to be Bad

The good news: Bad Bunny has announced three Southern California dates for his upcoming tour. The bad news: It’s not happening until 2022. Get the details and find out how to get tickets. (Update: Another Los Angeles show has been added.)

“Let The Bad Times” roll is the new record by the Offspring. Seen here, left to right, are bassist Todd Morse, drummer Pete Parada, singer Dexter Holland, and guitarist Kevin “Noodles” Wasserman. (Photo by Daveed Benito)

‘Bad Times’ are good

The Offspring will release “Let the Bad Times Roll,” its first new album in nearly nine years, on April 16. Peter Larsen caught up with the iconic Orange County punk band to talk about releasing the new music and what took them so long.

Selena Gomez will host a concert that includes performances by Jennifer Lopez, Eddie Vedder, Foo Fighters, J Balvin and H.E.R. at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood. The performance will be pre-recorded and broadcast on May 8 with the goal of encouraging people to get vaccinated. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Playing to an empty room 

SoFi Stadium is finally going to host a show, but you’re probably going to be stuck watching it at home. VAX Live: The Concert to Reunite the World will be pre-taped at SoFi and air May 8. Selena Gomez will host the event, which will include performances by Jennifer Lopez, Eddie Vedder, Foo Fighters, J Balvin and H.E.R. Get the details.


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