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Look for a Stones tour announcement Thursday with a Mpls show

Posted by: Jon Bream Updated: March 18, 2015 - 5:15 PM


The Stones in 2014/ Associated Press photo

The Stones in 2014/ Associated Press photo


The Rolling Stones are coming. We suspect you’ve heard the rumors by now. Expect an announcement of an outdoor-oriented tour on Thursday morning.

Look for the University of Minnesota’s TCF Bank Stadium to be in the itinerary. Rumors suggest June 3, according to a source close to the Stones, but a U of M football source heard possibly May 30. After all, Gophers football coach Jerry Kill has several clinics scheduled, starting June 6. (His football team doesn't start practices until August.)

A stadium show typically requires anywhere from five to 10 days – depending on the complexity of the staging (see U2, thank you very much) – for set up and teardown.

Rumors say that the Stones, who don’t have a new album, might perform the 1971 “Sticky Fingers” album in its entirety. But Stones guitarist Ron Wood told a friend that it depends on how rehearsals go.

The tour is expected to start May 24 in San Diego. Atlanta, Columbus, Indianapolis, Detroit and Milwaukee are rumored to be among the stops.

The Stones last performed in the Twin Cities in 2005 at Xcel Energy Center. They last toured in 2014 in New Zealand, Australia, Asia in Europe.  In 2013, their 50th anniversary tour included 23 shows in North America.  

Meghan Trainor is all about that Minnesota State Fair

Posted by: Jon Bream Updated: March 16, 2015 - 4:27 PM


Star Tribune photo by Jeff Wheeler

Star Tribune photo by Jeff Wheeler


The Minnesota State Fair grandstand lineup is invariably heavy on classic names but the fair also likes to book a hot hit-maker or two. Meghan Trainor, whose “All About That Bass” was one of the biggest songs of 2014, will perform at the grandstand on Sept. 1.

Her MTrain Tour for the summer has been announced, to promote her debut album “Title.” The tour, which begins July 3 in Atlantic City, N.J., also includes performances at state fairs in California, Delaware, Ohio, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky and New York.

The 21-year-old newcomer also had success with her second single, “Lips Are Movin,’” which peaked at No. 4. Her new single is “Dear Future Husband.”

Epic Records, for which Trainor records, announced that tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. March 20 via livenation.com.  The Minnesota State Fair will make a ticket announcement on Thursday.   

Are the Rolling Stones headed to Minnesota this summer?

Posted by: Chris Riemenschneider Updated: March 11, 2015 - 2:28 PM
Mick Jagger and Keith Richards performed last May in Norway, part of their 50th anniversary tour itinerary. / AP Photo / Terje Bendiksby, NTB Scanpix

Mick Jagger and Keith Richards performed last May in Norway, part of their 50th anniversary tour itinerary. / AP Photo / Terje Bendiksby, NTB Scanpix

Rolling Stones fans’ tongues are wagging over rising rumors that the bad septuagenarians of British rock ‘n’ roll are getting ready to announce a U.S. summer tour. There’s no official word yet, but local sources have pointed to the itinerary including a Minneapolis date at TCF Bank Stadium sometime in June.


Adding more enticement to the tour rumors: There’s widespread speculation that the band plans to play its landmark 1971 album “Sticky Fingers” in its entirety at shows this summer. That’s the record that gave us “Brown Sugar,” “Wild Horses” and “Can’t You Hear Me Knocking” (and fan-beloved deep cuts like “Sway,” “Moonlight Mile” and “Sister Morphine”).

Minneapolis is not mentioned as one of the cities in current reports going around the web, such as a widely circulated story on the music news site SongMango. However, a June 22 date in Milwaukee has been listed, which could mean the Twin Cities comes before or after that show. (Or it at least points to a good road trip opportunity for Minnesota fans).

The rumored kick-off date for the tour is May 24 in San Diego, and shows at the Hollywood Bowl, Colorado’s Red Rocks Amphitheater and Indianapolis Motor Speedway are also cited. All that points to them planning to play outdoor venues like the Gophers Stadium.

Mick and the gang are definitely due here. Their last Twin Cities performance was in September 2005 at Xcel Energy Center.

Again, though, this is all just speculation. Don’t take out your bank loan quite yet if you want to plan ahead to buy tickets.

Iggy Azalea's Target Center show postponed to Oct. 1

Posted by: Chris Riemenschneider Updated: March 10, 2015 - 2:04 PM
Iggy Azalea performed at the Jingle Ball.

Iggy Azalea performed at TCF Bank Stadium last October for the U of M's homecoming and won't be back in town until this October. / Kyndell Harkness, Star Tribune

Iggy Azalea apparently has something fancy planned for her first arena headling tour -- so fancy, in fact, she had to delay all her shows to accomodate production, including her April 30 concert at Target Center. The new date for Minneapolis fans will be Oct. 1, a Thursday night just like the postponed gig. Tickets to the original date will be honored at the makeup show. However, opening acts Nick Jonas and Tinashé are no longer scheduled to join the "Fancy" hitmaker on tour. New openers will be named later.

Here's how a press release from Azalea's handlers explained the delay:

"Tour dates for Grammy-nominated Iggy Azalea’s The Great Escape Tour, have been rescheduled due to tour production delays. To accommodate for creative team availability and tour production plans, it was determined that the tour will not be ready this Spring. It is extremely important to Iggy that she delivers the show she envisaged to share with her fans and that requires more time in development."

Babes in Toyland, Modest Mouse, Belle & Sebastian set for Rock the Garden 2015

Posted by: Chris Riemenschneider Updated: March 10, 2015 - 11:05 AM

Lori Barbero was behind the drum kid again for Babes in Toyland's first reunion show last month at Pappy & Harriet's near Joshua Tree, Calif. / Guillermo Prieto for Star Tribune

Lori Barbero was behind the drum kit again for Babes in Toyland's first reunion show last month at Pappy & Harriet's near Joshua Tree, Calif. / Guillermo Prieto for Star Tribune


After dreams of hosting the Replacements never came close to being true last year, Rock the Garden organizers managed to nab another influential Minneapolis band’s heavily anticipated hometown reunion gig this summer: Babes in Toyland were just announced as part of the June 21 lineup at the two-day music festival outside Walker Art Center. The full RTG 2015 schedule is being slowly revealed today on air at 89.3 the Current.

Slotted as the second-to-last act on the Sunday show – before a headliner yet to be announced – Babes have only played two shows so far on a gradually rolling reunion run that started last month with a pair of well-received California gigs. They’re doing a short U.K. tour in May before RTG. This will be the internationally celebrated roar-rock trio’s first performance in 14 years in Minneapolis, where frontwoman Kat Bjelland and drummer Lori Barbero still call home.

“I remember saying that Babes will never play again,” Barbero admitted in our feature story off of the first of those shows. “Time and love heals. I’m such a happier person because of this.”

Although it would have been more meaningful for old-school fans having Babes back at First Avenue instead – you can bet the club will still try to make that happen after RTG – the outdoor festival is nonetheless a good fit for the punk vets. They’ve only been playing hour-long sets. Also, like the 'Mats did at the three RiotFests, they will no doubt be performing in front of fans too young to have ever seen them in concert. Here’s hoping this means Babes will now get into heavy rotation on 89.3 the Current, too, like most of the other RTG performers already are.

The two headliners will be announced over the next two hours. Tickets for the Garden party go on sale Thursday for Walker and Minnesota Public Radio members (click here for info). The headliners for each day will be announced by 4 p.m. today. Here’s how the schedule looks so far:


Belle & Sebastian: Though they've never had a mainstream crossover hit like the other RTG headliner, the bookwormy, Glasgow-reared pop-rockers have a cultish following of the Smiths variety, making them a big name to a small (but very Current-centric) crowd. They also don't get out much. This will be their first Twin Cities show since 2006 at the Orpheum.

Conor Oberst: The Omaha-bred frontman/namesake of Bright Eyes has been a Twin Cities favorite going back to his early-'00s gigs at the 400 Bar and a core part of the Current's playlist going back to its beginning in 2005. He's never played Rock the Garden before, though. Perhaps he was waiting to finally put out a record that suits RTG's sunny summer vibe, as did last year's solo album "Upside Down Mountain."

Courtney BarnettCourtney Barnett (pictured right): The lo-fi Australian rocker -- who told us how much she loved Odetta and Kurt Cobain in an interview last year -- scored an indie hit last year with her gardening-gone-bad epic "Avant Gardner." She's now lined up to make a big splash at next week's South by Southwest Music Conference ahead of the release of her debut full-length album.

Lucius: Led by visually and harmonically matched singers Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig, this Brooklyn art-pop quintet has been charming audiences going back to a lively 2013 Entry show whose audience included the Current's music director David Safar (i.e., it's not a coincidence the station got in on them early).

The Stand4rd: The hometown electro-R&B/rap quartet featuring Kanye’s new 21-year-old protégé Allan Kingdom and hypersexual high schooler Spooky Black, plus Bobby Raps of Audio Perm and producer Psymun.



Modest Mouse: Remember them? The idiosyncratic Washington State rockers put out some great records in the '00s, had a big hit with "Float On" in 2004 and went on to become a top draw at festivals. However, the quality of their live shows became as inconsistent as the frequency of their albums. Their first new record since 2007, "Strangers to Ourselves," is due out Tuesday.

Babes in Toyland: In their day, these raging riot-grrrls put on shows that were truly riotous, with Bjelland's manic vocals able to rattle the windows on clubs and hard-punding rhythms that spawned  mosh pits. Come to think of it, they will be the heaviest/thrashiest band to ever play RTG.

Sean Lennon / Photo by Jeff Gentner, Getty Images

Sean Lennon / Photo by Jeff Gentner, Getty Images

Seun Kuti: A bold pick that's more in line with the Walker's music bookings outside of RTG, this rising Afrobeat star is the son of Nigerian legend Fela Kuti. He earned raves last year off a Cedar Cultural Center gig with his band Egypt 80. Kuti's set will hark back to the memorable performance by the Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra at Rock the Garden in 2004, before the Current was the museum's partner for the event.

JD McPherson: Oklahoma’s burgeoning rockabilly revivalist has an especially strong local following and just put out an especially solid sophomore album. He and his sparkplug of a band kicked off their tour with a sold-out First Ave show last month.

Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger: Another son of a music legend. After a couple lackluster attempts at starting a music career like his Beatle dad John and half-brother Julian, Sean Lennon seems to be on track with his psychedelic group with girlfriend Charlotte Kemp Muhl, who put on a fun and wee bit freaky show in the Entry last year. Lennon also has familial ties to the Walker via his mother Yoko Ono, whose artwork has long been a part of the museum's collection.

Modest Mouse

But they look so happy together! Modest Mouse will be back in action this summer behind their first album since 2007.


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