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Cooper, Rush, Petty Added to Summerfest Lineup

Alice Cooper, Rush, and Tom Petty
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As if anyone really needed another reason to wish they were in Milwaukee during late June and early July, this year’s Summerfest lineup looks like the classic rock party of a lifetime.

The event, slated to take place June 26-30 and July 2-7, is assembling a typically crowded list of talent that includes the Eagles, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and Rush, as well as Foreigner, Styx, Alice Cooper, Billy Idol, REO Speedwagon, Pat Benatar, and Loverboy. (For those whose tastes run to younger acts, the schedule should be no less impressive; some of the bigger names include fun., John Mayer, and Pitbull.)

One of the oldest civic festivals in the country, Summerfest debuted in 1968, as part of an effort by Mayor Henry Maier to, as the event’s website puts it, “revitalize Milwaukee’s downtown and bring the community together.” Today, it occupies a 75-acre site that includes the 23,000-seat Marcus Amphitheater and a covered waterfront pavilion.

This year’s lineup also includes comedian Lewis Black, who appears in a clip (embedded below) announcing the headlining acts. Tickets for the shows can be purchased individually at the Summerfest site.

Summerfest 2013 Talent Announcement

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