Concert Lineup: Heart, Zeppelin Experience to team at Niagara Pavilion

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Heart, one of the newest bands to be enshrined in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, will headline the First Niagara Pavilion July 21 with special guest Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience.

The show will end with Heart and Bonham teaming up for a 30-minute tribute to Led Zeppelin.

Over the past few years, Heart has played Stage AE and the former Amphitheatre at Station Square. So this is a jump in size for the Wilson sisters Ann and Nancy.

They met Mr. Bonham, son of the late Led Zep drummer John Bonham, at the Kennedy Center Honors tribute to Led Zeppelin in December.

"Nancy and I and the rest of Heart are thrilled to be playing with Jason and his band this summer," Ann Wilson said in a statement. "Awesome rock 'n' roll music every night ... miracles apt to happen any old time."

Nancy Wilson added, "It's not a tribute, as we have the blessings of the gods themselves."

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday at www.livenation.com, all Ticketmaster locations or by phone at 1-800-745-3000. Reserved seats are $99.50, $75, $55, $35 and $25. General admission lawn tickets are $15, lawn four-pack $50. Get lawn tickets for $10 plus charges through 10 p.m. Sunday.

A limited number of VIP experience packages with premium seating, exclusive music and merchandise, and a meet-and-greet with Ann and Nancy will be available for all shows. For details: www.vipnation.com.

Heart, best known for the rock classics "Barracuda," "Crazy on You" and "Magic Man," will be inducted into Hall of Fame April 18. The broadcast will be on HBO on May 18.

The Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival, which was a mosh pit mud bath last summer, will return to the First Niagara Pavilion July 12 with a main stage lineup featuring Rob Zombie, Five Finger Death Punch, Mastodon and Amon Amarth.

The festival area will showcase Machine Head, Children of Bodom, Behemoth, Job for a Cowboy, Emmure, Born of Osiris, Motionless in White, Butcher Babies, Battlecross, Huntress, Thrown Into Exile and City in the Sea.

Tickets go on sale at noon Friday through Ticketmaster, and through Monday fans can get lawn tickets for $20, plus charges.

nNineties hitmakers Matchbox Twenty and Goo Goo Dolls will team up for a co-headlining tour that stops at the First Niagara Pavilion June 29.

Matchbox Twenty is touring on its chart-topping 2012 album, "North," while the Dolls are set to release a new album, "Magnetic," May 7.

Presale tickets will be available beginning Wednesday at www.matchboxtwenty.com and www.googoodolls.com. Public on-sale for select dates of the tour begins March 23.

Midway through Tyler, The Creator's set Friday night at Mr. Smalls, a guy in a white Penguins Mario Lemieux throwback jersey jumped out on stage with a mic. It could only be Mac Miller.

The Pittsburgh-bred LA-based rapper walked on for a track called "OK," which will appear on Miller's forthcoming album, "Watching Movies With the Sound Off." The album track will feature Tyler, the controversial member of the LA hip-hop crew Odd Future.

Backstage, Miller said he couldn't wait for people to hear his second album, which is due in late spring. Expect something more introspective than his chart-topping 2011 debut, "Blue Slide Park," and not quite as druggy as the 2012 mixtape "Macadelic."

Miller said that with the new album having less of a party vibe than "Blue Slide Park," he was apprehensive about starring in the lighthearted new MTV2 reality show "Mac Miller and the Most Dope Family" but that he has been pleased with the feedback on the series and its successful ratings.

Canonsburg Borough manager Terry Hazlett announced in September that the town would be the future home of America's Pop Music Hall of Fame, based on it being the birthplace of Perry Como, Bobby Vinton and the Four Coins.

There is no physical structure yet, but it does have its first class of 14 inductees derived from an online vote of 40 nominees. They are all acts that charted hits before 1970: the Beach Boys, the Beatles, Johnny Cash, Ray Charles, Nat King Cole, Perry Como, Bobby Darin, Neil Diamond, Brenda Lee, Johnny Mathis, Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Bobby Vinton and Stevie Wonder.

The inductees were announced Friday by singer Johnny Tillotson at a press conference at the Canonsburg McDonald's.

The induction ceremony will take place July 3 at the Southpointe Hilton Garden Inn. America's Pop Music Hall of Fame plans to open a temporary home this fall on West Pike Street and is raising funds for a permanent structure.

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Scott Mervis: smervis@post-gazette.com; 412-263-2576.


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