Jay-Z Replaces Beastie Boys, Will Headline All Points West
Ever the gentleman, Jay-Z is filling in for the Beastie Boys at the tri-state area's All Points West Festival next Friday evening. This will mark the Jigga's first performance at a U.S. festival, the likes of which have boomed over the last several years.
This could also prove to be his biggest New York area show to date; while technically located across the river in New Jersey, the attendance could easily double that of his famed, 'Fade to Black,' retirement show at Madison Square Garden.
That said, it's not like Jay has never headlined a festival before: last year he rocked London's O2 Wireless Festival, Roskilde Festival in Denmark and the storied Glastonbury Festival. It was this last one that brewed up some controversy, where he was blamed for slow ticket sales and prompting outspoken U.K. rocker Noel Gallagher of Oasis to say having hip-hop at Glastonbury "was wrong."
A cover of the Oasis standard 'Wonderwall' made its way into his set, effectively mocking those that mocked him.
Jay-Z will join other hip-hop acts the Pharcyde, Q-Tip and Rye Rye on Friday's bill and will hopefully give the crowd more than a heavy taste of 'Blueprint 3.' That's just our personal request; pretty much anything will be fine.