It appears that a major artist will be coming to the Twin Cities in the days before the Twins host this year's MLB All-Star Game at Target Field July 15. Who it is, though, is anybody's guess.
The Star Tribune is citing a press release from Drum Corps International, which explains why their annual competition at TCF Bank Stadium has been bumped.
"While MLB's traditional mid-season game won't be played on the football field of the University of Minnesota, a major concert event as part of the All-Star Week festivities will be hosted at the venue, thereby causing a conflict with DCI’s annual competition," DCI says.
Minnesota Twins President Dave St. Peter confirmed with the Minnesota Daily last week that facilities were being considered for All-Star week events, potentially including a free public concert at TCF Bank Stadium.
St. Peter told the Daily that a decision will be made this month, with an official announcement in April. He said the idea of other events surrounding the All-Star game makes sense given its scope.
"Major League Baseball's All-Star summer has expanded greatly over the years," St. Peter told the Daily. "It's a much different, much bigger event than it was back in 1985 when we last hosted it, so the footprint of the event goes well beyond Target Field."
Taking a guess at who the big concert act might be, Star Tribune music writer Chris Riemenschneider narrowed the candidates down to Prince, Garth Brooks, Pearl Jam, Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney and Kenny Chesney.
Assessing the potential acts, Riemenschneider says Prince is "overdue" to play for the hometown crowd, and Brooks is getting ready to embark on a comeback tour. He thinks Pearl Jam is a candidate because they're "baseball lovers" and "very overdue to play the Twin Cities" since they haven't played here since 2006.
Riemenschneider also says that a Springsteen concert makes sense because he has a new album out, and McCartney is a possibility because the Twins have tried a couple times to get him to play Target Field. Chesney also makes sense, the writer says, because he's proven he can sell out stadiums with two successful Target Field gigs.
The only major concert previously held at TCF Bank Stadium was the rain-drenched show by U2 in 2011, which attracted more than 58,000 fans.