It’s official: AC/DC, METALLICA, GUNS N’ ROSES, IRON MAIDEN, OZZY OSBOURNE and TOOL will perform at the 2023 edition of the Power Tripfestival.
The Goldenvoice-produced three-day event will take place Friday, October 6 to Sunday, October 8 at the Empire Polo Club In Indio, California, with GUNS N’ ROSES and IRON MAIDEN performing on Friday, AC/DC and OZZY OSBOURNEon Saturday and METALLICA and TOOL on Sunday.
Earlier this week, AC/DC, METALLICA, IRON MAIDEN, OZZY OSBOURNE, GUNS N’ ROSES and TOOL shared a teaser video for Power Trip that featured iconic metal images, including a Gibson SG guitar, a stack of amplifiers and cactuses creating the “devil horns”, plus logos of each of the six bands.
Power Trip will mark AC/DC‘s first concert since September 2016, when the band concluded a run of U.S. dates with GUNS N’ ROSES‘ Axl Rose on vocals while frontman Brian Johnson recovered from hearing loss.
Last year, Johnson told Rolling Stone he didn’t know if AC/DC would perform again. “I would love to,” he said. “It’s as simple as that. I think everybody would. There’s a groundswell of people just asking. But I hate talking about the future, because, fuck, we were ready two years ago, and the pandemic came, and it screwed everything up. So I’m terrified to say what could happen and what couldn’t.”
While the 74-year-old Osbourne‘s health issues forced him to cancel some of his previously announced tours, the legendary BLACK SABBATH frontman said he would return if his condition improved.
The news of Osbourne‘s participation in Power Trip comes nearly two months after he released a statement in which he said that he would have to cancel his tour because of a spinal injury he suffered four years ago and other health problems.
Ozzy most recently gave an update on his touring status last month during an episode of SiriusXM‘s “Ozzy Speaks”. He said: “Well, I’ve been working my guts out to try and get back on my feet. I’ve come to the point where Sharon says to me, ‘You know what? The truth of the matter is you can’t keep booking tours and failing, canceling. So, if I can ever get back to where I can tour again, fine. But right now, if you said to me, ‘Can you go on the road in a month?’ I couldn’t say yes. I mean, if I could tour, I’d tour. But right now I can’t book tours because right now I don’t think I could pull them off.”
Osbourne also commented on the fact that some of the media outlets reported that he was retiring from the road after he released his statement canceling his tour.
“The fucking press drive you nuts,” Ozzy said. “I mean, I looked in the magazine, ‘Ozzy‘s on his last legs.’ I’m fucking not dying… Come on, guys. Haven’t I’ve had it bad enough already? If I get okay today, if the doctor said to me today, ‘Oh, you can tour, it would take another six months to get it together, you know?”
METALLICA previously performed at the Empire Polo Grounds in 2011 as part of the West Coast installment of the “Big Four” event, also featuring ANTHRAX, MEGADETH and SLAYER.
Camping Trip: Camp at the Trip in ease. Options include Car & Tent Camping, ready-to-go 2 person Lodge/4 person tents, RV spots and more. Amenities and activities are available for all campers.
Accommodations include hotel packages: Bundle your Power Trip tickets with nearby hotel accommodations and “any line” shuttle passes. Available for groups of two or four people, exclusively through Valley Music Travel. Packages start at $3,199 plus fees.
Music fans who want to commemorate the weekend can pre-order a Power Trip Commemorative Print. Frame the Power Trip memories by purchasing a premium quality giclee print poster delivered in advance of the show. Designed and printed by artist J. Bannon (and limited to 300),the posters are available in 18″x24″ on fine art textured stock.