[Thanks to Phil Weisman for this Farm Aid clipping.]
SPRINGFIELD, ILL. — Bob Dylan, the Beach Boys, Huey Lewis, Billy Joel and more than a dozen other performers were added yesterday to the scheduled lineup for next month’s “Farm Aid” agriculture benefit Concert.
About 78,000 tickets were to go on sale at 10 a.m. today for the Sept. 22 concert at the University of Illinois’ Memorial Stadium in Champaign.
Organizers said they expect more performers to sign on for the 12-hour show.
“We knew that this would go and go big, but it is going bigger than anybody expected,” said James Skilbeck, an aide to Gov. Thompson.
Thompson proposed the concert earlier this month along with country singer Willie Nelson and rock musician John Cougar Mellancamp.
Organizers say the concert is intended to focus attention on the problems of agriculture and to raise money for needy farmers.
Other “Farm Aid” performers announced yesterday, include rock stars Daryl Hall, Don Henley, Eddie Van Halen, Sammy Hagar and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.
Blues guitarist B. B. King, singer-songwriters Joni Mitchell and Randy Newman and country musicians including Johnny Rodriguez, John Conlee and Delbert McClinton also were added to the line-up.
Skilbeck said Nelson and Mellencamp were recruiting more musicians for the concert. He said Bruce Springsteen was was among those contacted, but a firm answer hadn’t been received.
Stars already scheduled include Alabama, Kenny Rogers, Waylon Jennings, Neil Young, George Jones, the Charlie Daniel’s Band, Merle Haggard and Loretta Lynn.
The concert is to be televised live by cable TV’s Nashville Network.
Tickets are priced at $17.50 and a limit of six per person has been established.