The April 13 show with “We Are Young” hitmakers fun. is moving. Again. Already relocated once from the Varsity Theater to the Brick, the concert will now take place at Myth nightclub in Maplewood. All tickets to the original location -- and the second location, too – will be honored at the third site. More tickets will go on sale starting today at 5 p.m.
Having the rock band with the biggest song of the year play in the smallest 2,000-capacity venue in town apparently wasn’t going to fly at the Brick, which infamously opened to an overcrowded Jane’s Addiction concert on March 19. The fun. concert is one of many on the Brick calendar that sold out before the Jane’s debacle, which resulted in all the paying attendees getting a refund by the Brick's corporate operator, AEG.
Relocating to the Myth – where the Brick’s general manager Jeff Kehr worked under different ownership – not only allows for the 1,500-2,000 people already expected at the Brick for fun., but also will accomodate about 1,000-1,500 more. Myth’s capacity is over 3,000. And that’s not going by the Brick’s capacity-counting methods, either, that’s for real. Of course, the catch is that fun. ticketholders will now have to drive over to the other side of the metro area to make the gig -- which could be tricky for the underage fans hoping to use public transportation (it's an all-ages show).
"This really was out of the band's hands and had nothing to do with them wanting to sell more tickets," said the Varsity's booker Josh Lacey, who credited the AEG/Brick staff for suggesting the move.
The fact that the fun. show was originally booked by the Varsity makes it a unique one on the Brick calendar, being an outside promoter. No word yet on what AEG's solution will be for all of its own sold-out concerts on the Brick docket, including the Shins, Marilyn Manson, Shinedown and Incubus. A press release sent out by the Varsity said that the fun. gig had to be moved "due to an aggressive ongoing renovation schedule" at the Brick, but neither the Brick's staff nor their AEG bosses have said anything yet about remodeling plans. Stay tuned.