In light of Thursday’s report that Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z are set to perform at Fenway Park this August, we thought about who else we’d like to see take the makeshift stage at America’s oldest and most beloved ballpark.
The Timberlake-Jay-Z show remains just a rumor, reported by the Boston Herald’s “backstage spies.” So while it’s not confirmed just yet, let’s assume it is for the sake of this article. One Fenway concert that is confirmed for this year is Jason Aldean.
Jay-Z and J.T. aren’t the only superstars who could fill Fenway Park and turn the ballpark into one giant party. The concert would also be worth the (probably very high) price of admission if you were seeing…
Mumford & Sons
To say it’s been a huge past 18 months for Mumford & Sons would be the understatement of the century. Their sophomore album Babel dominates the charts, they’re headlining major festivals, and now they can call themselves GRAMMY Award winners. Is there anything these folk heroes can’t do these days?
Based on evidence we have from our private show with the band – and plenty of videos you can find on Youtube – Mumford & Sons don’t just write catchy songs. They put on a spectacular live show, brimming with energy and providing the sort of communal feel that would be perfect for a crowd on the Fenway grass under the stars.
With their single “Madness” finding its way into the rotation here on Mix, Muse have established themselves as mainstream stars. But they accomplished that only after proving to be one of the world’s must-see live bands.
Matthew Bellamy & Co. have already headlined outdoor festivals, as they did at Lollapalooza in 2011. Since they’re playing the TD Garden in April, they could probably also sell out Fenway and give their fans a truly memorable summer night.
With their stadium-ready singalongs and dynamic, charismatic frontman Chris Martin, Coldplay is an ideal band for large outdoor performances. They have already headlined multiple major festivals like Lollapalooza and Glastonbury, and a show at Fenway would likely bring in fans from the U.K. and all over the globe.
Just imagine 30,000+ at Fenway singing along with Martin to the chorus of “Fix You.” It could rival the very best moments from live shows at the park.
What artist would you like to see perform at Fenway this summer?