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Public Enemy added to Rock the Bells fest lineup

March 26, 2007|Geoff Boucher | Times Staff Writer

Rock the Bells, the hip-hop festival scheduled for Aug. 11 in San Bernardino, already had a head for history with Rage Against the Machine and Wu Tang Clan leading the bill, and now organizers say that the rap pioneers of Public Enemy will also be on stage, celebrating their 20th anniversary of recording their rhymes with a reason.

The festival, at the National Orange Show Events Center, is shaping up as one of the most staggering rap rosters in memory with two stages that will also feature Cypress Hill, the Roots, Mos Def, EPMD, the Coup, MF DOOM, Jedi Mind Trick, Murs and Sage Francis.

"It's a historic lineup," said Chang Weisberg, founder of Guerilla Union, the festival organizers. "To have Rage come back right now, where the country is politically, and be on the same bill with the Wu Tang Clan, it's a moment that represents the possibilities of hip-hop."

The festival will also hit Randall's Island in New York City on July 28 and McCovey's Parking Lot (near AT&T Park) in San Francisco on Aug. 18. That San Francisco show will have Nas as an added headliner; he will join Wu Tang on 15 more Rock the Bells dates in other cities to be announced soon, but Rage will not be part of that extended run.

Tickets for all shows go on sale March 31. For details check www.rockthebells.net.

geoff.boucher@latimes.com

For The Record
Los Angeles Times Thursday March 29, 2007 Home Edition Main News Part A Page 2 National Desk 0 inches; 35 words Type of Material: Correction
Jedi Mind Tricks: An article in Monday's Calendar about the Rock the Bells hip-hop festival coming to San Bernardino referred to Jedi Mind Tricks, one of the bands in the lineup, as Jedi Mind Trick.

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