POLL: Are You Happy With Summerfest Headliners?

Beach Boys were just announced as the fourth headliner for the 10-day concert event, joining Neil Diamond, Lady Antebellum and the Zac Brown Band.

California harmony pioneers The Beach Boys were announced this week as the Marcus Amphitheater headliner on July 1 at Summerfest, Milwaukee's major music festival.

They are releasing a new original studio album this year and touring with all the original surviving members, but are 24 years removed from being inducted into the Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame.

Another older headliner is 71-year-old Neil Diamond, who was just inducted into the Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame last year. They join two country music standouts, the Zac Brown Band and Lady Antebellum, as the headliners announced so far. Lady Antebellum won the 2012 Grammy for Country Album of the Year.

What do you think of the headliners so far? Too old? Too country? Smart marketing choices? Exactly the right fit for Milwaukee?

And who is missing? There are six nights still to be announced. Tell us in the comments which bands you believe should headline the World's Largest Music Festival.

Lu February 17, 2012 at 05:41 AM
I'm with Pammy - in the past 20 years I have been to Marcus 3, maybe 4 times. I really enjoy walking around and taking in some of the side stages. My youth was spent at the Miller Jazz Oasis and I can't tell you how many great musicians I had the pleasure of listening to. I saw Peter Gabriel last year and it sucked only for the fact that he was playing with the New Blood Orchestra and through almost every song you could clearly hear Hall & Oats from one of the stages that was clearly positioned too close to the Marcus.
Matt Schroeder February 17, 2012 at 02:27 PM
So now the latest headliner is Iron Maiden, with Alice Cooper. That still feels really old to me — at least for a Marcus headliner. Three of the five performers so far started between 1950 and 1975, and the other two were formed in 2002 and 2006. So maybe the fact that I graduated high school in 1986 is why I look at the lineup and say "bleah!"
Patricia March 25, 2012 at 06:03 PM
I've been going to Summerfest for almost 20 years and I say this with confidence: Worst....line up......ever. Even the outlying stages are horrible. Will not be going this year (for the first time). Here's hoping for a better 2013!
Matt Schroeder March 26, 2012 at 12:42 AM
I emailed my wife the list of outlying stage headliners with the note: "Not one. Not a single one." I agree that it's really disappointing so far. Hopefully they're still working on a big-name Marcus headliner.
Bob McBride March 26, 2012 at 01:09 AM
I dunno that the "Grounds Stage Headliners" are all duds. I wouldn't put Common, Robyn or Fitz and the Tantrums into the "dud" category. Of the oldies, Steve Miller still puts on a pretty good show. I'm unfamiliar with most of the rest of them, but there's at least 3 out of the 4 that I mentioned that might be worth a trip down from my POV.


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