The Minnesota Twins and 96.3 KTWIN will announce at 11 a.m. Monday a concert for Target Field for this summer.
We’d like to hope it’s Paul McCartney, who couldn’t work out a deal with the Twins in 2011 (we heard stadium officials were driving too hard a bargain and, um, you don’t exactly negotiate with Sir Paul, who has a set way of doing stadium shows). But McCartney’s 2014 U.S. summer schedule thus far involves 10 arena concerts and no stadium gigs (though he is playing in stadiums in Japan and Costa Rica).
So our best guess is Billy Joel because he’s booked baseball-stadium concerts in Boston, Chicago, Philadelphia and Washington D.C. for this summer.
And they are actually two-fer shows, with a country-music stadium show booked for either the day before or day after, starring either Zac Brown Band, Blake Shelton or Jason Aldean. That way the promoter – in these cases it’s Live Nation – can amortize the steep cost of building a stage over two concerts.
We wouldn’t be surprised if Garth Brooks is going the stadium route for his comeback tour in 2014 but you wouldn’t expect KTWIN -- sort of a classic-rock station that also broadcasts the Twins game -- to make that announcement. Plus, he'll have a reveal with huge fanfare.
Or maybe the Twins have finally convinced hometown hero Prince to step up to the plate – or perhaps it would more accurately be a case of the ballclub willing to pay his price. Never one to plan too far in advance, he is booked in the New Orleans Superdome on July 4 and rumored for England’s big Glastonbury Festival in late June.
One Direction announced its 29 North American stadium dates for 2014 last year, so it would be questionable that the boy-band would add a Target Field gig now.
Jimmy Buffett has booked one stadium concert for this summer (in Detroit), and the Eminem/Rihanna tour is set for stadiums in Detroit, New Jersey and Pasadena, Calif., but I doubt either of those tours is headed to the Twins stadium.
And the much ballyhooed 20-stadium Jay Z/Beyonce tour -- no venues have been announced for Mr. and Mrs. Carter -- isn't likely to come to a Twin Cities ballpark after he filled only half an arena in St. Paul on a Saturday night last year.
Whatever the Target Field concert is, we’ll have an update at 11 a.m. Monday.