Highlights from Fenway Park's summer concert series

Fenway Park, by walknboston at Flickr
Fenway Park, by walknboston at Flickr.

Fenway Park in Boston is continuing its annual summer concert series this year with two classic artists. On Friday, Bruce Springsteen announced that he is heading to Fenway on August 14 as part of his Wrecking Ball Tour. Roger Waters, currently on his The Wall Live Tour, also has a scheduled a concert at the park on July 1.

Springsteen's announcement brings things full circle, as he was the first artist scheduled to play a show at the park when it began hosting concerts on September 6, 2003, but he wasn't actually the first to appear at the park. Here's a quick look at the highlights:

1999 - Limp Bizkit

That's right, Limp Bizkit was actually the first band to perform at the park, albeit without permission. On Sunday, June 13, 1999, the band climbed atop the roof of the Fenway parking garage and proceeded to play a 5-song set before the unauthorized concert was discovered by police. By the time authorities got to the park, 1,500 fans had flocked to see the band play, creating a traffic jam.

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Bruce Springsteen announces Wrecking Ball Tour dates

Yep, it's true, The Boss is headed out on the road once again. He teased it back in November but now the details are here. The reason for and timing of it is no surprise, of course, as the tour begins just after his new album Wrecking Ball comes out on March 6 (embedded above is its first single, "We Take Care of Our Own"). But fans will surely be happy to see Bruce again. Though he's had a few one- or two-off concerts over the past couple years, the last time he had an extensive set of dates was in 2009.

The tour will begin on March 18 in Atlanta, GA, and will end on May 2 in Newark, NJ. It's currently slated to have 19 dates, including a set at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival on April 29. There's no word yet on the set list, but it's safe to assume it will include at least some songs from the new album, along with classic Springsteen hits. The tour dates are below.

DateCityVenue
3/18Atlanta, GAPhilips Arena
3/19Greensboro, NCGreensboro Coliseum
3/23Tampa, FLTampa Bay Times Forum
3/26Boston, MATD Garden
3/28Philadelphia, PAWells Fargo Center
3/29Philadelphia, PAWells Fargo Center
4/01Washington, DCVerizon Center
4/03East Rutherford, NJIzod Center
4/04East Rutherford, NJIzod Center
4/06New York, NYMadison Square Garden
4/09New York, NYMadison Square Garden
4/12Detroit, MIThe Palace of Auburn Hills
4/13Buffalo, NYFirst Niagara Center
4/16Albany, NYTimes Union Center
4/17Cleveland, OHQuicken Loans Arena
4/24San Jose, CAHP Pavilion
4/26Los Angeles, CALos Angeles Memorial Sports Arena
4/29New Orleans, LANew Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
5/02Newark, NJPrudential Center

You can find tickets by visiting the Bruce Springsteen page.

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