Most artists struggle to master one genre. Since the late 1960s, Steve Gadd’s been consistently tackling them all. Gadd is a professional drummer, perhaps one of the world’s most well-renowned players of the instrument. He’s appeared on albums with Joe Cocker, Paul Simon, Paul McCartney Kate Bush and hundreds of other popular and critically-acclaimed artists of various styles and ages.
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The U.S. has been getting ready for Coachella, Bonaroo and the numerous other festivals coming up this summer, but our allies across the pond just shattered the competition. The full lineup for England’s Glastonbury 2011 was revealed today, and the result is incredibly impressive.
Headliners include U2, Morrissey, Coldplay, Biffy Clyro, B.B. King, Wu Tang Clan, Beyonce and Paul Simon. And that’s just on one of the festival’s 12 stages.
On the second-tier “Other Stage,” acts like The Chemical Brothers, Queens of the Stone Age, Mumford & Sons and Bright Eyes will perform. The list could go on and on, but I’ll just let you check the festival flyer here.
Truthfully, this is the best festival lineup that’s been released this year. I mentioned yesterday that the smaller names on festival flyers often get skimmed over, but the smaller print on Glastonbury’s flyer includes relatively big names like Flogging Molly and the Barenaked Ladies.
Take almost any one of Glastonbury stage’s lineups and compare it to an entire U.S. festival lineup, and that single stage is likely to come out on top. I guess that’s to be expected for the world’s largest music festival, but it sure makes me and my fellow American music fans jealous.
Glastonbury is almost definitely canceled next year due to the Summer Olympics in London, but this year’s lineup looks strong enough to make up for that.