Justin Bieber, Eric Church and Roger Waters among Twin Cities concerts this spring and summer. Here is the list. – Twin towns
Large-scale concerts are back in the Twin Cities in a big way, with a spring and summer filled with arena shows, stadium concerts and outdoor festivals.
No, there will be no Basilica Block Party or Music in the Zoo this year. But there are plenty of other options, from current hitmakers (Eric Church, Justin Bieber) to classic acts (Def Leppard, Motley Crue and Poison, Roger Waters). Keep in mind that some large venues use dynamic pricing, which means ticket prices may vary. Also, the prices listed here do not include VIP packages, which typically cost hundreds of dollars.
Here is an overview of what is planned for the coming months.
Eric Church with Morgan Wallen
June 11: Country star Eric Church is about to play his biggest Twin Cities gig yet and to celebrate (?) he’s bringing controversial newcomer Morgan Wallen with him. Over the past decade, the North Carolina-native church has been nominated for more than 80 major awards and won a dozen, including 2020 Artist of the Year at the CMA Awards. He’s already headlined Target Center four times, including a two-night fling in 2019. As for Wallen, his second effort “Dangerous: The Double Album” received rave reviews and was the biggest hit of them all. genres in 2021. But he’s been stirred by a host of controversies, including an arrest for public intoxication and disorderly conduct and the delay of his “Saturday Night Live” debut after he broke COVID-19 protocols. A video showing Wallen using a racial epithet went viral just weeks after “Dangerous” was released, leading radio stations and streaming services to temporarily remove his music from their platforms. The backlash did not affect his record sales, and Wallen’s music returned to radio in August with his No. 2 hit “Sand in My Boots”. 6:30 p.m.; US Bank Stadium, 401 Chicago Ave., Mpls. ; $295 to $195; ticketmaster.com.
More countries: Dierks Bentley (8 p.m. May 27; Treasure Island Amphitheater; $110-$42.50), Sam Hunt (8 p.m. July 8; Treasure Island Amphitheatre; $119-$42.50), Alan Jackson (7 p.m. July 29; Xcel Energy Center; $186.50-$56.50), Brandi Carlile (6:30 p.m. July 30; Xcel Energy Center; $95.50-$25.50), Kenny Chesney (5 p.m. Aug. 6; US Bank Stadium; $355-$38) and Zac Brown Band (7 p.m. Sept. 2; Minnesota State Tribune Fair; $194-$75).
May 6: Canadian pop star Justin Bieber emerged in 2009 and took the country’s young, female demographic by storm, selling 3 million copies of his album ‘My World 2.0’, which landed a string of radio hits, including “One Time”, “Baby” and “Someone to Love”. He enjoyed continued success with his second album “Believe,” but his career faltered after a series of run-ins with the law inspired more than 270,000 people to sign a petition urging the White House to deport Bieber. He launched a comeback with his fourth album “Purpose” and announced his first US stadium tour in 2017. But he canceled it due to “unforeseen circumstances”. He spent 2019 carefully wading through pop music and returned to the charts with a string of hits, including a string of five Top 5 singles last year. 7:30 p.m.; Target Center, 600 First Ave. N., Mpls. ; $202.50 to $62.50; axs.com.
Most current pop: Lorde (7:30 p.m. April 25; Armory; sold out with VIP tickets available), Shawn Mendes (7 p.m. July 9; Xcel Energy Center; $115.50-$35.50), Five Seconds of Summer (7 p.m. July 23; Armory; sold out with VIP tickets available), Machine Gun Kelly (7:30 p.m. July 28; Xcel Energy Center; $125.50-$25.50), OneRepublic (7:07 Aug; Xcel Energy Center; 131, $50-$36.50) and Twenty One Pilots (8:00 p.m. Aug 18; Xcel Energy Center; $99.50-$35.50).
Def Leppard, Motley Crue and Poison
August 14: In December 2019 – four years after playing what Motley Crue said was their last gig – the 80s metal band announced a stadium tour with Def Leppard and Poison. And fans responded by buying more than 700,000 tickets for the first 22 shows in the first weekend of sales, with box office gross totaling more than $90 million. Now, after pandemic delays, the release will finally visit the Twin Cities with support from Joan Jett and the Blackhearts. As for coming out of what they swore would be a permanent retirement, Motley Crue claimed there was renewed interest in the band following the release of “The Dirt,” a Netflix biopic based on the most popular autobiography. sold from Motley Crue in 2001. 4:30 p.m.; US Bank Stadium, 401 Chicago Ave., Mpls. ; $219.50 – $49.50; ticketmaster.com.
More rock: Godsmack with Three Days Grace and Asking Alexandria (5:20 p.m. May 7; Target Center; $88-$19.93), Deftones (7 p.m. May 28; Armory; sold out with VIP tickets available), Alice in Chains, and Breaking Benjamin with Bush (5:30 p.m. Aug. 25; Minnesota State Fair Grandstand; $79-$63) and Rammstein (7 p.m. Aug. 27; US Bank Stadium; $146-$56).
New Kids On The Block
June 14: New Kids on the Block had a string of pop hits in the second half of the 80s, including “You Got It (The Right Stuff)”, “Hangin’ Tough” and “Step by Step”. They broke up in 1994, but reunited in 2008 for a hugely successful tour that spanned 150 dates. Since then, the group has toured regularly on tour groups with artists like the Backstreet Boys, 98 Degrees and Boyz II Men. This time around, they’ll be joined by Rick Astley, Salt-N-Pepa and SNP’s “Whatta Man” duo partners En Vogue. 7:30 p.m.; Xcel Energy Center, 175 W. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul; $125.95 to $31; ticketmaster.com.
More classic pop: Keith Sweat, Tevin Campbell and Tamar Braxton (8 p.m. June 24; Target Center; $250-$65), Barenaked Ladies with the Gin Blossoms and Toad the Wet Sprocket (6:30 p.m. June 25; Mystic Lake Casino; sold out), Alanis Morissette with Garbage (7 p.m. July 24; Xcel Energy Center; $165.50-$75.50), Duran Duran with Nile Rodgers and Chic (7 p.m. Aug. 19; Treasure Island Amphitheater; $159-$39) and Diana Ross (7 p.m. Sept. 3; Minnesota State Fair Grandstand; $60-$34).
July 30: Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters will be hitting the road again this summer for a tour he’s calling This Is Not a Drill. Waters, 78, has spent the past few years mounting several major tours, including one devoted to Pink Floyd’s “The Dark Side of the Moon,” which filled the Xcel Energy Center in June 2007, and another centered on “The Wall”, who sold the X twice, in October 2010 and June 2012. He hit the road again in 2017 for the Us + Them Tour. His next tour will take place on a round stage. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer told Rolling Stone “it will be a new show. It will be without restriction… political and human. 8:00 p.m.; Target Center, 600 First Ave. N., Mpls. ; $199.50 to $35; axs.com.
More classic rock: George Thorogood and the Destroyers (8:30 p.m. April; Treasure Island Resort and Casino; $59-$39), Third Eye Blind (7 p.m. July 1; Mystic Amphitheatre; $75-$35), Rod Stewart with Cheap Trick ( 7:30 p.m. Jul 8; Xcel Energy Center; $145.50-$45.50) and Black Crowes (8 p.m. Jul 11; Mystic Amphitheater; $89-$49).
Rock the garden
June 11: Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats, Sleater-Kinney and Low are among the artists booked to play Rock the Garden, a one-day festival co-sponsored by 89.3 The Current and Walker Art Center. A native of rural Missouri, Rateliff launched his career with a string of folk albums before turning to retro soul with his band The Night Sweats, who returned to action last fall with their third album, “The Future”. During their first decade together, Washington State’s Sleater-Kinney were among America’s most admired rock bands, thanks in part to the trio’s eclectic mix of hot pop songs and feminist politics. They went on hiatus after “The Woods” in 2005 and reunited in 2014. Married couple Alan Sparhawk and Mimi Parker formed Low in Duluth nearly 30 years ago with the goal of making slow, quiet music . In the years that followed, they weren’t afraid to experiment with their sound and instrumentation while maintaining impressive standards. The rest of the lineup includes Filipino-British singer/songwriter Beabadoobee, Californian funk musician DaM-FunK, Nigerian blues guitarist Bombino and Australian doom metal duo Divide and Dissolve.1pm; Walker Art Center/Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, 1750 Hennepin Ave., Mpls.; $84; rockthegardenfestival.com.
More parties: Winstock Country Music Festival (June 17-18; adjacent to Winsted Airport; $155), Twin Cities Jazz Festival (June 24-25; Mears Park; free), Lakefront Music Festival (July 8-9; Lakefront Park; $75-$50), Twin Cities Summer Jam (July 21-23; Canterbury Park; $159-$25), and Lowertown Blues and Funk Festival (July 16; Dual Citizen Brewing; free, with VIP tickets available).