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(Photo by Stephen Green)
The Cubs are giving fans even more reasons to visit Clark and Addison. In addition to Cubs baseball, Wrigley Field will be hosting a pair of popular musical acts this weekend in front of the bricks and ivy.
On Friday, July 19, rock band and grunge icons Pearl Jam will grace the outfield stage, and country star Jason Aldean will headline a group of country musicians the following night. The Friendly Confines has been hosting summer concerts for some of the biggest names in music—including Roger Waters, The Police and Bruce Springsteen—since 2005.
“We’ve benefited over the last several years from really great, great artists who wanted to play at Wrigley Field,” said Julian Green, the Cubs’ vice president of communications and community affairs.
The Friday night show, titled “An Evening with Pearl Jam,” made news earlier this year for selling out in roughly 45 minutes—the fastest concert sellout in Wrigley Field history. The Grammy-winning group, which has been touring lightly in 2013 and recently announced they’ll be releasing a new studio album, Lightning Bolt, on Oct. 15, has always been extremely popular in Chicago. Though Pearl Jam was a seminal part of the Seattle grunge scene, frontman Eddie Vedder hails from nearby Evanston, Ill., and is a huge Cubs fan.
Country star and Grammy Award winner Aldean, who has been touring since mid-February, headlines the 2013 Night Train Tour, featuring American Idol winner Kelly Clarkson, Jake Owen and Thomas Rhett.
“[The concerts] bring significant economic impact to both the city and the state,” Green said. “At the same time, it allows us to put more economic resources into the organization. The ability to have an additional two, three, four concerts a year works really well for us.”
(Photo courtesy Jam Productions, Ltd.)
A view through the ivy. Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band bring their Wrecking Ball Tour to Wrigley Field this Friday and Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. This will be the last concert of the season at the Friendly Confines, which previously hosted Roger Waters and Brad Paisley.
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- The Profile: Reed Johnson.
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Wrigley Field played the perfect setting to a pair of sold-out Paul McCartney shows this week. (Photo by Stephen Green)
Former Beatle Paul McCartney tours Wrigley Field for two nights on July 31 and Aug. 1, and with the upcoming Music Issue of Vine Line hitting your mailbox soon, we asked four Cubs who they’d most like to see rock the Friendly Confines. Subscribe or give a gift today.
Reed Johnson, OF
“I’m a big Pearl Jam guy. I enjoy Eddie Vedder loving this organization. I think that means a lot as well. We were fortunate enough to see him solo a couple years ago at a small venue.”
Sean Marshall, LHP
“I’d like to see Kings of Leon. They’ve been playing some good music for a while—and the last couple years, songs like ‘Closer.'”
Randy Wells, RHP
“I’m more into smaller, not-so-mainstream groups. I’d like to see [country act] Randy Rogers Band. They’re blowing up now, though. I’d probably like to see the Eagles.”
Darwin Barney, IF
“Honestly, I’ve never been to a concert before. My wife and I are trying to figure out a good time to go, but we would like to see Coldplay or The Fray. I think they’d be awesome concerts.”
Photos by Kelsey Peters
Fukudome isn’t the biggest thing in centerfield these days.
After the Cubs doubleheader against St. Louis on Sunday, crews from Live Nation moved in and started erecting a massive stage in centerfield for the Elton John/Billy Joel concert tomorrow night. Country group Rascal Flatts will grace the stage on Saturday (July 18), and then John and Joel will return for a second show Tuesday night (July 21).
“It’s a unique opportunity — to enjoy music and be on the playing field,” said Carl Rice, Wrigley Field’s senior director of facility management.
With the stage in centerfield, the field can hold 8,000 seats and then thousands more in the stands. Seats at football stadiums can be as far as 800 feet away from the stage, but at Wrigley Field, the furthest seats are around 450 feet away, said Rice.
“It’s a fun and unique way for people to see Wrigley Field without seeing a ballgame,” said Rice. “And world-class acts want this to be a stop, and in most cases, it’s a highlight of their tour.”
Live Nation handles most of the direct set up, including building the stages and setting up the in-field seating. Crews work about 18 hours a day, right up until the Rocketman and the Pianoman take the stage.
Tickets are sold out for the Billy Joel\Elton John performance Thursday, but seats are still available for the duo’s second show and the Rascal Flatts concert. Go to www.tickets.com or call 1-800-THE-CUBS. Tickets will not be sold through the Wrigley Field Box Office.
– Kelsey Peters