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International East Coast Blues and Roots Music Festival

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From a story on Australia's Channel 9 website:

"American rock group REM has joined the line-up for the International East Coast Blues and Roots Music Festival at Byron Bay.

The band will join other international headliners including Jack Johnson, Luka Bloom, Janis Ian, George Thorogood, Angelique Kidjo, Sarah McLachlan and Bo Didley.

Locals to perform at the annual festival include The John Butler Trio, Kasey Chambers, The Beautiful Girls, The Whitlams and The Cat Empire.

The East Coast Blues and Roots Music Festival, which is in its 16th year, runs over the Easter long weekend from March 24 to 28 at Byron Bay's Red Devil Park."

My first thought: Since when is REM either Blues OR Roots music?

- view article from Live Daily -

After spending much of 2004 on the road to mark their 30th anniversary, George Thorogood & The Destroyers head into their fourth decade of touring with a North American outing this spring.

Currently on break after wrapping up the anniversary run last month, the Thorogood and company are set to launch the North American trek in mid-May, beginning with a series of Canadian shows, including a three-night stand in Thunder Bay, Ontario. A subsequent series of U.S. dates currently stretches into early June. Details are shown below.

"As I looked into the faces of our audiences every night, I noticed that we attracted a lot of � older fans to the gigs along with the kids," Thorogood said of last year's anniversary outing in a statement posted at his website. "It reminded me that rock and roll has been around for a long time, and I hope our fans continue to enjoy us as much as we enjoy playing for them."

Capitol Records/EMI marked the group's anniversary with last May's release of "George Thorogood & The Destroyers Greatest Hits: 30 Years of Rock." The 16-song features "Bad to the Bone," "One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer," "Move It On Over," "You Talk Too Much," "If You Don't Start Drinking (I'm Gonna Leave)" and more.

Also included on the set is a previously unreleased version of "Rockin' My Life Away" and a remixed version of "Who Do You Love.".

"George Thorogood & The Destroyers 30th Anniversary Tour: Live in Europe," a concert DVD shot during the group's 2004 outing, followed in October.

Thorogood & The Destroyers' most recent studio album is 2003's "Ride 'til I Die." Formed in 1974, the group released its self-titled debut in 1977.

May 2005
12 - Vancouver, British Columbia - Commodore Ballroom
13 - Kamloops, British Columbia - Sport Mart Place
14 - Prince George, British Columbia - Prince George Multiplex
15 - Grande Prairie, Alberta - Canada Games Arena
17 - Calgary, Alberta - Outlaws
18 - Edmonton, Alberta - Red's
19 - Regina, Saskatchewan - Regina Agridome
20 - Winnipeg, Manitoba - MTS Centre
21-23 - Thunder Bay, Ontario - Community Auditorium
25 - West Des Moines, IA - Val Air Ballroom
26 - Prior Lake, MN - Mystic Lake Casino
27, 28 - Harris, MI - Chip In's Island Resort & Casino

June 2005
3 - Gulfport, MS - Grand Casino Gulfport
4 - Austin, TX - Travis County Exposition Center
6 - Oklahoma City, OK - Civic Center Music Hall
7 - Fort Worth, TX - Bass Performance Hall
9 - Tucson, AZ - Anselmo Valencia Amphitheatre
10 - Rio Puerco, NM - Route 66 Casino