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Hollywood Bowl 2008 Season Preview: Petty, Python, Diana... Radiohead???

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Last August, Aimee Mann, Joan Osborne, Rob Laufer, Ian Ball from Gomez, and Al Jorgensen joined Cheap Trick and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra to recreate Sgt. Peppers on it's 40th Anniversary. They'll do it again June 28th.

We're four months out from the official start of the 2008 Hollywood Bowl Season and the schedule is nearly complete. Single tickets won't go on sale for a couple months but the Bowl is offering 16 different series packages, each containing 3-5 genre-specific performances.

Radiohead has yet to confirm dates and venues for their summer tour but we've found a nice run of mid-summer dates that remain "open" on the Hollywood Bowl calendar. And we can dream.

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Here's a shortlist of the performances we're most looking forward to:

Pre-season (not available as part of any package):
April 16: Mary J. Blige, Jay-Z (pre-sale begins tomorrow, 2/8 as mentioned earlier today)
May 29: R.E.M., Modest Mouse, The National (no on-sale date announced yet).
May 31: The Cure (rescheduled from last year) tix.
Jun 14-15: Playboy Jazz Fest (program to be announced Feb. 27)

June:
Fri 20: Opening Night Gala
We 25: Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Stevie Winwood
Sa 28: Sgt. Peppers... Revisited, Hollywood Bowl Orchestra + Cheap Trick + guests
Su 29: Gilberto Gil, Devendra Banhart

July
4th-6th: Fireworks presumably... or ... RADIOHEAD?!? Nothing on the schedule yet from June 29-July 8.
We 9: Jazz at Lincoln Center with Wynton Marsalis
Fr/Sa 18-19: Julie Andrews - The Gift of Music
Su 20: Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings
25-26: Diana Ross & the LA Phil: Lady Supreme
Su 27: Gnarls Barkley, Youssou N'Dour
We 30: Gerald (Wilson) and Hank (Jones): 90 + 90, w/ Kenny Burrell, John Faddis, Bobby Hutcherson, Nancy Wilson...

August
1-2: Eric Idle's 'Not the Messiah' with the LA Phil
8-10: Les Misérables In Concert, Hollywood Bowl Orchestra
20: Jamie Cullum w/ the Count Basie Orchestra

September
12-14: Fireworks Finale -- Brian Wilson and the LA Phil
19: Sing-a-Long Sound of Music
27: A Celebration of Rumi: The Sights & Sounds of Mystic Persia w/ Yo-Yo Ma and members of the Silk Road Project, Kayhan Kalhor Ensemble, Balouchi Music Ensemble, Nour Mohammad Dorpour, Ostad Kaboli

Photo by markscott via flickr.