Who Will Play Fenway Park?
Over the past several years, Fenway Park has not only been home to our beloved Boston Red Sox but also served as a home to one of the summer’s most anticipated concerts. After snubbing Fenway for Gillette Stadium last summer, Elton John and Billy Joel appeared to be all set for a two-night stand at the ballpark in 2010…that is until Joel decided to opt out of the planned tour.
Now, with potential Fenway suitors like the Eagles, Bon Jovi and James Taylor already booked for other venues (as are former Fenway performers Dave Matthews Band and Jimmy Buffet), the folks over on Yawkey Way are desperately looking for a replacement. Who could that be? We did some research and here are our very unscientific odds on who might play Fenway Park this summer:
Elton John: Just because Billy doesn’t want to tour, don’t think Elton is going to stay at home. The man has plenty of hits to conduct a 2-hour plus sing-along at the famed ballpark for a soldout crowd. Odds: 4-1
Simon & Garfunkel: The iconic duo are reuniting for a tour that has yet include a stop in Boston. What better way to return to the hub than for a show at Fenway? Odds: 6-1
Aerosmith: No Boston band has ever played Fenway (sorry, Phish is from Vermont and the several appearances by the Dropkick Murphys do not count). Then again, Aerosmith (technically from New Hampshire) are probably the only hometown band that could garner a crowd big enough . After a disastrous summer tour and an on-going saga that rivaled many soap operas, the bad boys of Boston have supposedly made up and will tour Europe later this year. Why not warm up in Boston? Odds: 12-1
Paul McCartney: Yes, he played two dates at Fenway last year. But they were also some of the best shows we have ever seen (ranked #2 on our Top 29 of 2009). Plans are underway for another stateside this run and we would have no problem seeing him at the ballpark again. That said, it took him awhile to sell out both nights at Fenway last year. Could he do it again? Odds: 20-1
Pearl Jam: Theo needs to make this happen. It’s talked about every year and with the Sox desperately looking to find someone. We’re sure Eddie Vedder and company would be up for the challenge – even if they hit the Garden in May. The real question is will Theo wear another guerrilla suit ff he joins them on stage? Odds: 30-1
Green Day: A summer tour is in the works, though no dates or venues have been announced. Cambridge-based Harmonix is also working on Rock Band: Green Day, so why not hit Fenway while in town to inspect the game before it hits stores. Odds: 50-1
Kenny Chesney: After five years of selling out Gillette Stadium, the king of country is taking this summer off from touring. That said, he is keeping the calendar open for a handful of festival dates across the country. Would he be up for playing Fenway? Yes, but probably not this year. Odds: 75-1
U2: Ranked as our #1 show of 2009, U2′s 360 tour was simply amazing. Surprisingly, a stateside return scheduled for this summer includes no New England dates. However, as much as we want to see the boys back in town, we just don’t see this happening at Fenway. Simply put, the stage and its production is too big for the park.Odds: 150-1
Kings of Leon: They are headlining Bonaroo and have left Boston off their summer touring plans so far. That leaves them as a viable option but we just don’t see it happening. Odds: 300-1
New Kids on the Block: They did sell out the Garden…nahhhh. Odds: 1,000-1