While the Red Sox are away the bands will play concerts at Fenway. This year music fans heard the likes of Paul McCartney and Jason Aldean, among others, rock out in centerfield. Fenway has been hosting concerts for 10 years with acts like the Rolling Stones, Phish, and Dave Matthews Band. The summer double issue of the print version of Rolling Stone Magazine lists Fenway Park as one of the top ten venues. It is number eight, with Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, CO coming in first place. Red Rocks is absolutely stunning, so it is tough to top it. The line-up online at http://www.rollingstone.com is different (why the inconsistency? I do not know.), but the best news is: Yankee Stadium is nowhere in sight.
Having been to a show at Yankee Stadium, I would have to agree that it is just an okay venue. Its size dwarfs the small stage the Yanks set up. And people think size doesn’t matter. Ha!
I think using Fenway Park in a variety of different ways is very exciting. People that do not necessarily enjoy baseball can still experience the historic ballpark, while listening to music they love. Then some of those people may just come back for a game. Voilà! New fans are born.
And as a music fan, I could not think of a cooler place to see some of the best artists perform. I look forward to catching a show there at some point in my lifetime.
On August 10th and 11th fans can look forward to Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z. I think it’s safe to say that I will probably sit this one out.