Who will play Fenway Park in September?

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Just weeks after New Kids On The Block and Backstreet Boys co-headlined the historic ballpark, plans are underway for Fenway Park to host another concert in September. Fenway Park officials will seek to obtain a permit for musical performances on Thursday, September 8, Friday, September 9 and Saturday, September 10. Officials will meet with the Mayor’s Office of Consumer Affairs and Licensing on Monday, June 27. Though the request permit request calls for three nights of performances, its expected that concerts will only take place on one or two nights.

Of course, this begs the question: Who will be performing? No announcement has been made and the few folks in the know are remaining silent. With that in mind, we thought we’d take a look at a dozen artists that fans are hoping will take a swing at Fenway later this year – some are more realistic than others:

Paul McCartney: The safe choice and the predominant favorite. Sir Paul will return stateside for summer outing that will make multiple stops at major league ballparks including Yankee Stadium and Wrigley Field. Adding Fenway to the the outing only makes sense. Yes, he rocked the park only two years ago but DMB made a similar return in 2009 after playing in 2007.

Pearl Jam: The perennial rumor of Fenway hosting the grunge legends returns, though this year, there is more evidence to make the case. The band is celebrating their 20th Anniversary and there is a nice break in their schedule to accommodate a trip to Boston between shows in Montreal and Toronto. Their only annoucned show on American soil will be a two-night stand in Wisconsin the weekend before. We’re not getting our hopes up but maybe, just maybe, this is the year.

Jay-Z & Eminem: The two rap superstars collaborated for shows at their respective hometown ballparks last fall (Yankee Stadium and Comerica Park) and reportedly expressed interest in collaborating again for more shows – including Fenway – in 2011. This would be an easy sell.

Dropkick Murphys & The Mighty Mighty Bosstones
: Another one that has been rumored for a few months. We love both of these hometown favorites, who did a tour of New England minor league ballparks in 2008, but it would be tough for them to sell out one night (let alone two) at Fenway.

The J. Geils Band & The Cars: Geils delivered a very memorable set at Fenway last summer with Aerosmith and will play the Pavilion twice in August. The Cars reunited this spring for a new album and tour. Much like a DKM & MMB bill, it would be too tough to fill the park.

The Big Four: Led by Metallica and featuring Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax, these heavy metal favorites are collectively known as “The Big Four”. After shows in Europe, they rocked California in April and will hit the East Coast for a date at Yankee Stadium in September. It’s possible they’ll add another East Coast date but unlikely, not to mention we don’t see the city officials and neighbors allowing this.

Dispatch: With three shows at the TD Garden this weekend (two of which are sold out), it seems unlikely they would take a swing at Fenway. The again, who expected them to take on a three-night stand on Causeway Street?

Phish: It would be another repeat performer and they already played the Comcast Center earlier this month but the guys from Vermont would surely be welcomed back.

Coldplay: The band is getting ready to drop a new album and will focus on touring the festival circuit in Europe. On this side of the pond, they’ll hit Chicago’s Lollapalooza in August and Austin City Limits in September. With the latter in mind, a warm-up show at Fenway is not out of the question.

Prince: It’s been awhile since we have seen Prince in Boston. He came close to the area with his “Welcome 2 America” tour with stops in New York and New Jersey at the end of 2010. In April and May, he did a run of 21-shows in Los Angeles. Why not extend the tour to America’s Most Beloved Ballpark?

Roger Waters: The Pink Floyd vocalist/bassist resurrected The Wall last year and did three nights at the TD Garden. He’s scheduled to wrap up the World Tour this summer in European stadiums but if another leg were to be added, how cool would this be.

U2: Boston was somehow left off their 2011 tour plans. Unfortunately, it will remain off those plans as their “360” tour will end in July.

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