Hearne: Will Kanrocksas II Live to Tell the Story?

 DJ-Tiesto-Bryce-Jordan-CenterWith the Buzz Beach Ball out of the way, all eyes turn to the second coming of the locally-produced music fest known as Kanrocksas

Beach Ball’s pending move to September clears the way for Kanrocksas to go down hassle free in terms of getting local alternative rock radio station The Buzz to accept its promotional ads for the June 28/29 fest at Kansas Speedway.

Now if Kanrocksas can just come up with acts attendees are willing to shell out $175 to $200 per person to see.

“Kanrocksas is really up against it,” says one area entertainment bigwig. “They’re really struggling. It’s a disaster.”

That may be a bit of an overstatement but time is beginning to run short.

fun-bandTo date Kanrocksas has announced just three acts, Kendrick LamarThe Avett Brothers and DJ Tiesto.

In addition to that KC Confidential has reported that according to sources the Grammy winning band Fun and MGMT are also slated to perform.

Not a bad beginning but…

“Kanrocksas says it’s trying to be frugal – they promised they wouldn’t spend $2 million on Eminem again – but when you go from $2 million to $200,000…They have to announce some bands soon and if they don’t have two arena acts like Eminem and Muse, they’re in trouble. And they set themselves up for this.

“The big, big thing is, they have Kendrick Lamar, Tiesto and The Avetts and they all play the Uptown. But those are three artists whose musical styles don’t intersect at all and they need to have more pieces that fit together to pull off a festival of this magnitude.”

Red-Hot-Chili-Peppers-with-Nfl-Uniform-and-Helmet-HD-Wallpaper_Vvallpaper.NetWhich brings us to Kanrocksas website which now says, “Full Lineup Coming Soon.”

This year’s Coachella fest recently announced a lineup that includes the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Lou Reed, Yeah, Yeah, Yeahs and New Order.

And Bonnaroo plans to announce its 2013 roster at 11 a.m. Tuesday.

Stay tuned.

 

 

 

 

“Kanrocksas is really up against it,” says one local entertainment bigwig. “They’re really struggling. It’s a disaster.”

 

 

 

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19 Responses to Hearne: Will Kanrocksas II Live to Tell the Story?

  1. chuck says:

    So, is the guy with the “chili” helmut on Will Ferell?

  2. smartman says:

    Carnival is changing the name of the cruise ship Triumph to Kanrocksas.

    The restoration of the payroll tax is killing everything. WalMart had their worst February in a decade. Can’t wait for a Groupon.

    Best way to make a small fortune in the concert business is still to start with a large one.

    Bill Brandmeyer is paying a very high price to learn the virtue of humility. In the end maybe it will make him a better person.

  3. balbonis moleskine says:

    I believe that is John Fruscante, first guitarist for the RHCP who actually got kicked out for doing too much herion, then readmitted a decade later after he cleaned himself up.

    Phish hasn’t announced their summer tour plans yet…they are significantly cheaper nowadays.

    Particle is touring with Eric Burdon, lead singer of the Animals. They should be cheap.

    All these festivals essentially have the same bands (Widespread, Yonder Mountain, Robert Randolph, Violent Femmes, etc). I just hope they book some non-festival regulars.

    Hippie/crunchy fests tend to have much less problems than hard rock or Rap festivals.

    • chuck says:

      “Particle is touring with Eric Burdon, lead singer of the Animals. They should be cheap.”

      Jesus H Christ Eric Burden is older than Charlie Watts.

      THATS IT!!! YOU KIDS GET OFFA MY LAWN AND GET YOUR OWN DA*M MUSIC!!@#@!!!^&%$#@!!

      • Hearne says:

        Eric Burdon is still hip though

      • paulwilsonkc says:

        Eric lives in Joshua Tree. A close friend of mine was riding 1st Class on the way to LA from Dallas. She was seated next to him on the flight and is a 40 something consulting exec.

        He struck up a conversation with her and asked what she did, where she’d been, etc. He told her he’d been at a charity event in Dallas the night before. All this time she’s sorting through things in her bag, then turns to him and said, “Im so sorry, I was distracted pver something I misplaced, my name is Rhonda!” She said he smiled and said, “Nice to meet you, Rhonda…” She said she waited for his name…. it didnt come, so she asked, “And who might YOU be?” at which point she said he looked very distrubed and said, “Im ERIC BURDON!”.

        It rang no bells with Rhonda so in an attempt to seem interested she made the second mistake replying, “Nice to meet you, Eric, what do YOU do?” and got a follow up snarkly reply, “I’m ERIC BURDON!”

        After she managed to blame the mistake on her age and a busy day, he apparently calmed down and was pleasant the rest of the trip!

        I would guess there are a goodly handful of 40 somethings on a plane that he would not be a household name to.

    • Hot Carl says:

      “I believe that is John Fruscante, first guitarist for the RHCP who actually got kicked out for doing too much herion, then readmitted a decade later after he cleaned himself up.”

      Better look up your RHCP history. Hillel Slovak was their first guitar player and that’s drummer Chad Smith in the pic.

    • Guy Who Says What Others Think says:

      John Fruscante was not the first guitarist for RHCP. Hillel Slovak was.

  4. Michael Mulvihill says:

    Part of the problem could be having the fest the same weekend of Glastonbury and 6 other fest in Europe.

  5. Duke says:

    Eric Burdon was one of the hippest of his time. I doubt that he would be going on tour if promoters didn’t believe he still had his mojo.

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  7. the dude says:

    Flames, this one is going down quick!

  8. Guy Who Says What Others Think says:

    Shocking. Kansuckass has been a shitshow from the gitgo.

  9. Will says:

    Glastonbury is certainly a huge concern for Kanrocksas booking acts. Thats the biggest festival in the world you are competing against.

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