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Dylan appearance at Halifax Rocks unlikely, as July 23 lineup will feature artists new to city

It looks like Bob Dylan won’t be performing at the Halifax Common this summer.

It looks like Bob Dylan won’t be performing at the Halifax Common this summer.

Rumours of the rock legend headlining the July 23 portion of Halifax Rocks 2010 have been swirling over the last several weeks, but Metro has learned the yet-to-be-announced lineup for the rock show will feature a “fresh new lineup of artists” who haven’t performed in the city before.

That rules out Dylan, who has performed twice in Halifax at the Metro Centre, including most recently in May of 2008.

Michelle MacKay of Power Promotional Concepts wouldn’t disclose yesterday the artists performing at the July 23 show, but said the lineup has been basically determined. She said only the paperwork is left to be completed.

She said an announcement for the rock show is tentatively scheduled for late next week, with tickets to go on sale May 21. At least three groups should be announced.

Halifax Rocks 2010 will run on July 23 and 24 on the Common site, which last year saw tens of thousands come out for both Paul McCartney and Kiss.

The Saturday, July 24 portion of Halifax Rocks will see the Black Eyed Peas headline, with indie-rockers Weezer and local rapper Classified also taking to the stage.

MacKay said there is another group still to be announced for that second show also.

She wouldn’t disclose how many tickets have been sold for the Black Eyed Peas to date, but said they’re going very well.

General-admission tickets for the July 24 portion of Halifax Rocks 2010 cost $109, including service charges. The “early-bird” tickets are available until May 17.

 
 
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