Paul McCartney, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers , along with ZZ Top, will be among the headliners at this year's Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival set for June 13th to 16th in Manchester, Tennessee. Among the other high-profile acts set to appear over the four day festival are David Byrne and St. Vincent, Wilco, R. Kelly, Wu-Tang Clan, Weird Al Yankovic, Billy Idol, Dwight Yoakam, among others. Billboard reported that tickets will go on sale this Saturday (February 23rd) at 12 Noon ET.
Paul McCartney's recent setlists have been dominated with Beatles hits and rarities. We asked him if playing the songs ever brings back tough memories for him: "No, I don't really feel that. I used to -- just after the Beatles had broken up -- I think all of us thought, y'know 'Is there life after the Beatles?' And, 'It's a tough act to follow.' As time's gone by, I've rediscovered the songs. And instead of the sort of anger and the pain that we all felt when we were breaking up, I just like the songs now and they're a pleasure to do."
- Over 35 years after first forming, Tom Petty feels that the Heartbreakers have beaten the odds by not only surviving as a unit -- but actually improving over the decades: "I think that right now it's actually better than I ever counted on it being. It's great to be improving this many years along the line with the band. Usually when a band's been around this long, it's just sort of paying lip service to itself. I think our music is actually improving. It's getting easier to do. It's not nearly the chore it's been. Those are nice things to have happen."
CHECK IT OUT: Paul McCartney performing "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da" Mexico in 2012:
CHECK IT OUT: Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers performing "Running Down A Dream" live at the 2012 New Orleans Jazz Fest:
Paul McCartney On Rediscovering Beatles Songs
Tom Petty on the Heartbreakers
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