Who will play Fenway Park?

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Live Nation has revealed they will announce a special summertime concert for Fenway Park on Thursday.

In September, Boston Red Sox officials appeared before the Mayors Office of Consumer Affairs and Licensing to request permits for concerts to be held between August 7 and 9. No performers were revealed but they were reportedly targeting rock and country acts. The ballpark could also host concerts in June, July and September.

Over the past decade, Fenway Park has hosted some of the biggest names in music. Paul McCartney returned last year for his second stand at the ballpark, while Jason Aldean made his debut. The country star has since partnered with Major League Baseball for a tour that will have him visiting numerous ballparks this year. However, so far, he only has plans for the Xfinity Center when visiting Massachusetts this summer. Many other acts that are worthy and capable of playing Fenway have either lined up dates at other area venues (Gillette Stadium, TD Garden, Xfinity Center) or simply have no plans for touring.

So, with that in mind, who might it be? Here’s a look at the potential candidates:

Pearl Jam: Let’s just get it away at the start since every time a concert at Fenway is in the works, there will forever be speculation that the Seattle legends will perform. Theo finally got his wish last summer… when they performed at Wrigley Field in Chicago. After their songs were used by FOX to score the World Series last fall, it only seems right that they rock America’s Most Beloved Ballpark this summer. Like every summer before, we can only hope.

Billy Joel: If you’re a betting man, this is where you wanna put your money. The Piano Man has already lined up stadium shows at ballparks in Wrigley Field (Chicago), Nationals Park (Washington D.C.) and Citizens Bank Park (Philadelphia). So it only seems logical that Fenway would be next on the list. And since his touring schedule seems to fit these dates perfectly, this seems to be a lock.

Zac Brown Band: Another safe bet. The Red Sox want a country act and they can’t go wrong with the pride of Georgia. One of the best live bands in the game, the country rockers would surely be a hit at the box office. Not to mention, it would be cool to see an act that was playing the old Harpers Ferry in Allston just a few years ago. We just wish they would invite a certain special guest: Dave Grohl, with whom they recently recorded an EP with.

Jimmy Buffett: Back in 2004, he brought Margaritaville to Fenway Park for a show he recorded and later released on CD. Could he return ten years later? He has not yet announced his summer plans but most Parrotheads would prefer a show in the more tailgate-friendly confines that Mansfield offers.

Bruce Springsteen: He started the new wave of summertime concerts at the ballpark in 2003 and returned again in 2012. His latest album, High Hopes, was released earlier this month and fans are eagerly awaiting news on a North American tour. We’re thinking Gillette is a safer bet this time around.

Garth Brooks: The king of country recently announced his long-awaited return to live touring with a pair of summertime performances in Dublin, Ireland. No word yet on his plans for a stateside tour but you can bet on him playing a few stadiums. We just don’t expect him to announce anything yet.

Kenny Chesney: When Brooks retired, Chesney took on the gauntlet for country stardom. However, he plans on taking 2014 off. Not to mention, “No Shoes” nation headquarters is in Foxboro (they even have a banner there).

U2: The legendary rockers are expected to return to the spotlight this year. A new album is on the way and a Super Bowl commercial is in the works. A tour announcement this early seems unlikely and there is speculation that they may prefer to do multiple arena shows in tour this time around.

Of course, stay tuned to Boston Music Spotlight for the official announcement on Thursday.

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