Bikers remember Harley-Davidson catastrophic 100th anniversary HOG concert. The event was hyped during months with Harley announcing a secret headliner. The buzz was that the Rolling Stones would be playing and nothing was done by the Milwaukee Factory to stop these rumors. The opening act was country singer Tim McGraw, counting mainly young women as his primary fans. Not too shocking for a biker’s crowd. But, nothing could have prepared the crowd for the secret headliner: Elton John. As talented and a huge act he is, not exactly a rebellious Rock ‘n’ Roll star. Many laughed and way too many made homophobic remarks and headed to the exit. Elton was completely unable to relate to bikers and had to play front of a disconnected crowd. This year Harley-Davidson booked 2 “safe” acts: Aerosmith & Kid Rock. The 40,000 bikers expected to attend this concert should not leave before the 2 gigs are over.
Correction: It’s the concert for the 25th Anniversary of HOG, not the 105th Anniversary of Harley-Davidson. But it doesn’t change anything about what I wrote! Thanks to my readers.