Concertgoers Left Hanging as Both Rolling Stones and Arroyo Seco Weekend Rose Bowl Gigs Are Postponed

Published : Monday, April 1, 2019 | 4:45 AM

The weekend’s news out of the Rose Bowl has left some concertgoers up in the air. First came word that the family-friendly Arroyo Seco Weekend rock-music festival has been postponed and will not take place in June.

Then The Rolling Stones postponed their May 11 Bowl performance because Mick Jagger’s doctor said the 75-year-old frontman is too sick to tour.

Jagger’s medical problem is “not a serious thing,” a source close to the band told the New York Post, insisting fans should hold onto their tickets because The Stones are “in the process of rebooking” the 17 scrapped dates of the “No Filter” tour.

Meanwhile the Arroyo Seco Weekend will “take place later this summer, beginning of fall,” said Rose Bowl Director of Communications Meredith Thomas.

“The promoters of ASW have the discretion to schedule the event based on Rose Bowl availability,”  said Darryl Dunn, CEO and general manager of the Rose Bowl Operating Co.

Neither event has yet been rescheduled.

Thomas said dates would be forthcoming when made available.

“This isn’t good for my calendar planning,” posted Krista Moll on the Pasadena Now Facebook page. “It sucks!”

“Not happy about this,” posted Staysi Sill in response.

Promoter Goldenvoice, a division of entertainment giant AEG, and the Rose Bowl Operating Co. have held two successful Arroyo Seco Weekend festivals, in 2017 and 2018.

Arroyo Seco Weekend is expected to take place annually through at least 2026.

The Rose Bowl has been working to diversify its entertainment offerings and the contract with Goldenvoice is important. The stadium faces increased competition, including The Los Angeles Stadium at Hollywood Park and the NFL’s LA Rams coming to Inglewood in 2019.

In its first two years, the family-friendly Arroyo Seco Weekend, held at Brookside near the Rose Bowl in June, has become an anticipated fan favorite, with headliners including Robert Plant, Tom Petty, and The Pretenders.

In addition to Arroyo Seco Weekend, Goldenvoice is the promoter for upcoming Coachella (April 12-14, April 19-21) and Stagecoach (April 26-28).

Goldenvoice also promoted the Desert Trip festival in 2016, which featured multi-generational superstar music acts The Rolling Stones, The Who, Paul McCartney, Neil Young, Roger Waters, and Bob Dylan.

Goldenvoice representatives were not immediately available for comment.

Jagger is expected to make a complete recovery, but no timeframe has been mentioned by promoters yet.

“I hate letting our fans down and I’m hugely disappointed to have to postpone the tour but am looking forward to getting back on stage as soon as I can,” Jagger said.