Arguably the largest source of musical knowledge for the nation's teens, MTV is now trying to reignite the flame of the live show.
With the exception of last year's Lollapalooza shows, touring of rock acts "almost went the way of the dinosaur last year," according to Dave Kendall, host of the station's "120 Minutes" show, which showcases alternative or modern rock."Last year, the rock 'n' roll show was about as inviting as a lecture on the virtues of collective farms," Kendall said.
Like MTV's successful "Club MTV" tour, the station has now formulated a multi-act tour for its "120 Minutes" fans. Organizers hope the tour, featuring Big Audio Dynamite II, Public Image Limited, Live and Blind Melon, will give "a bit of flavor for their fare," Kendall said.
"It's the variety package - the idea that a musical compound might be more digestible than a straight solution/dilution - that's behind the current tour," he said.
Salt Lake audiences will get their chance to see the tour Saturday, April 4, in the Salt Palace Exhibition Hall.
The show's two headliners hold a similarity in their punk rock experience. While PiL features John Lydon (a.k.a. Johnny Rotten), a punk forefather as a member of the Sex Pistols, BAD II features frontman Mick Jones, the former guitarist for England's best punk-rock act, the Clash.
Both bands diverge greatly from that point, though, as Jones' second go at Big Audio Dynamite now embraces the sounds of house music and England's "rave" scene, and PiL revolves around Lydon's harsh snarl for its acidic potency.
The tour's lesser-known American acts feature strong rock zeal (the group Live) and '60s psychedelia (Blind Melon), both in alternative packages.
Reserved seating tickets for the show, which starts at 7 p.m., are $17.50 and are available at all Sound Off and Graywhale CD Exchange locations and the Salt Palace. Ticket holders for the show's original 49th Street Galleria site can exchange their tickets for reserved seats at the Salt Palace.