Austin City Limits Festival tickets are on sale for the 2012 event October 12-14 in Zilker Park. The festival promises to be even better this year, with a fantastic lineup of headline acts. The park will have eight stages and 130 bands. With legendary rock star Neil Young and his band Crazy Horse as one of the headline acts, the park is sure to be rocking.
Young caps the day’s performances on Saturday, October 13. Friday’s headline act is the Black Keys, while the festival concludes Sunday night with the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Other top bands performing include Florence and the Machine, The Roots, Asleep at the Wheel, Weezer and Iggy and the Stooges. With so many bands making an appearance, every conceivable rock sub-genre is represented.
The Red Hot Chili Peppers are currently on tour to back their 2011 album “I’m With You.” The tenth album from the group is the first to feature new guitarist Josh Klinghoffer. The tour runs through late January, 2013, with shows throughout the United States, Canada and Australia. The international tour has also been all over Europe and will make stops in Turkey and Israel.
Neil Young is also out behind a new album, “Americana.” The album is an exploration of the dark underbelly of the folk songs Americans learn as children. “Clementine,” and “Oh, Susannah” are turned into dark mysterious rock songs under the musical genius of Young and Crazy Horse. Another album should be out later this year from the reunited group.
The Black Keys released “El Camino” in early December, 2011. The album draws on rock influences like soul and rockabilly. The distortion and fuzz in the guitar work is reminiscent of club rock from the late 1960s. The band has been on the road since May. Their tour will take them all over the U.S., Australia, Europe and Canada.
Asleep at the Wheel is coming off their successful play “Ride With Bob,” the musical to commemorate western swing legend Bob Wills. Their most recent project has been “Willie and the Wheel,” a collaboration album between the band and Willie Nelson. The band is on tour through spring next year.
Jack White will also headline on Saturday on a different stage. His solo album “Blunderbuss” was released on April 24, 2012. The talented guitarist is only 37 years old, but is already ranked 70th on Rolling Stone’s list of “The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All time.” White wrote, produced and recorded the album himself.
Legendary songwriter Steve Earle’s most recent album was released in 2011. “I’ll Never Get Out of This World Alive” features tunes penned by Earle. Some songs were featured in other projects.
Austin City Limits Festival tickets promise numerous other activities to investigate between sets. There will be art and food vendors, a children’s area and a sports hideaway for the football fan. Google will provide an area with free WiFi. There’s even an organic farmers market!