Listen, I’m all for the Voodoo Music Festival becoming a benefit (by default) but this just doesn’t seem like a good idea. Festivals don’t always bode well when split between two different locations on two different days. Now, there might very well be two different crowds but it just seems that this doesn’t make a whole lot of sense.

After being moved to Memphis in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, the Voodoo Music Experience will return to its original home of New Orleans for the first of its two-night duration. The Oct. 29 show at New Orleans’ Riverview Park behind Audobon Zoo will be the first full-scale entertainment event to be held within the city limits since Katrina struck in late August. The next night, Voodoo will continue at Memphis’ AutoZone Park.

Exempting prior ticketholders, the New Orleans show will be an invitation-only event for local police, firefighters and rescue personnel. Although the lineups for each event have yet to be announced, among the acts confirmed to appear at at least one show are Nine Inch Nails, Queens Of The Stone Age, New York Dolls, North Mississippi All Stars, Secret Machines, the Neville Brothers, Dr. John and DJ Tiesto. [Billboard]

Don’t firefighters want like, The Who? The Boss? Yeah, who knows.