It’s shaping up to be an active summer on the ballpark concert front, with Roger Waters, Madonna, Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw slated to play at MLB facilities — with rumors of Bruce Springsteen gigs as well.
The most extensive ballpark tour this summer will be undertaken by Roger Waters, who is staging Pink Floyd’s The Wall in larger venues around the world. The tour will stop at more than a few MLB ballparks this summer, including:
AT&T Park / San Francisco (May 11)
Wrigley Field / Chicago (June 8)
Rogers Centre / Toronto (June 23)
Yankee Stadium / New York City (July 6)
Yankee Stadium / New York City (July 7)
CItizens Bank Park / Philadephia (July 14)
Yankee Stadium is also proving to be a popular concert venue this summer; besides hosting the two concerts by Waters, it’s also hosting the only two ballpark appearanced by Madonna on her 2012 World Tour:
Yankee Stadium / New York City (September 6)
Yankee Stadium / New York City (September 8)
Target Field, home of the Minnesota Twins, is hosting its first concert, with Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw appearing there and in Anaheim as part of their Brothers of the Sun tour:
Target Field / Minneapolis (July 8)
Angel Stadium / Anaheim (July 14)
In that same country vein, Brad Paisley has scheduled a Chicago stop on his summer tour:
Wrigley Field / Chicago (June 9)
We’ll probably see more tours and concerts announced in coming weeks. One rumor floating around: Bruce Springsteen will be touring with the E Street Band to support his new album. Boston.com suggests there could be an Aug. 11 concert in the offing for Fenway Park.
Interestingly, there are no concerts slated for Citi Field this summer — so far. The New York Mets played a hand in pioneering the ballpark concert: The Beatles played Shea Stadium in a ground-breaking concert in 1965 that attracting 55,000 fans. Paul McCartney later helped close down Shea Stadium and played the first concerts at its replacement, Citi Field.
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