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More 2018 Xcel Center concerts: Foo Fighters, Hall & Oates with Train

A hobbled but far from mellowed Dave Grohl with the Foo Fighters in 2015 at Xcel Energy Center. / Star Tribune file

A hobbled but far from mellowed Dave Grohl with the Foo Fighters in 2015 at Xcel Energy Center. / Star Tribune file

Even now that Target Center’s $140 million remodel is done, it looks as if Xcel Energy Center will still be hosting most of the arena concerts in 2018. The St. Paul hockey hub announced two more big shows on Monday morning following a steady string of other announcements in recent weeks, including Bon Jovi, Rod Stewart/Cyndi Lauper, Steely Dan/Doobie Brothers and James Taylor/Bonnie Raitt.

FOO FIGHTERS (OCT. 18): Dave Grohl and his band of merry ragers are playing mostly stadiums and amphitheaters this summer, including Fenway and Wrigley ballparks; but they’re apparently too modern for our bookers at Target Field. So the Twin Cities won’t get them until they move indoors in the fall.

Tickets go on sale Friday at 9 a.m. for the still-almost-punk prices of $49-$99 via Ticketmaster and the arena box office. Pre-sale options start Tuesday. Grohl’s crew returned from a year-long hiatus in September with the so-so album “Concrete and Gold.” The last time the Foo rocked the X in 2015, Grohl performed seated with a broken leg, but his band still offered the usual marathon set, nearly three hours' worth.

HALL & OATES WITH TRAIN (MAY 16): A decade into their successful reunion/revival, “Private Eyes” and “Maneater” soul-pop hitmakers Daryl Hall and John Oates might need a little help to fill rooms as big as the X. So they’re enlisting “Meet Virginia”/“Drops of Jupiter” singer Pat Monahan and his band Train for a summer tour that kicks off the week before their St. Paul date. Monahan and Hall apparently became buds when the former appeared on the latter’s hit cable show “Live from Daryl’s House.” Tickets go on sale next Monday, Jan. 29, at 10 a.m. via Ticketmaster and the arena box office for $53-$130.

Journey and Def Leppard announce July 27 date at Target Field

Journey's Arnel Pineda at Xcel Center in 2011. / Star Tribune file

Journey's Arnel Pineda at Xcel Center in 2011. / Star Tribune file

Whether or not the Twins have some power hitters this season, we know they’ll at least offer some power ballads: Eighties anthem rockers Journey and Def Leppard are pairing up for a series of ballpark shows that will include a July 27 date at Target Field.

The Minneapolis date falls midway through a 58-city tour by the classic-rock vets, who are playing many other ballparks together including Wrigley Field and Fenway Park. They are also playing indoor venues on the long trek, including the Fargodome in Fargo on July 28 and Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines on July 23.

Both bands have played the Twin Cities often in recent years, but usually as their own headliners. Journey's YouTube-discovered replacement singer Arnel Pineda has now been in the band longer than heyday frontman Steve Perry. Def Leppard still boasts most of its heyday lineup save for late guitarist Steve Clark.

Tickets for most dates on the tour are due to go on sale Feb. 3 or Feb. 9, but Twins officials did not yet release on-sale info or prices for the show here. They did confirm the show in a tweet, though (below). This is the third concert announced for the Twins ballpark this year, after the Eagles and Jimmy Buffet double-header on June 30 and the Zac Brown Band on Aug. 10.

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