“While I’d never want a dirty bomb to detonate in Chicago,” writes Kevin Rhys, “if it has to happen I have three dates to propose.” Kevin’s entirely rational response comes on the heels of confirmation that Wrigley Field’s hosting of Jimmy Buffett concerts was a mere prelude to routinely scheduled aesthetic atrocities. From the Sun-Times’ Fran Spielman :
Elton John and Billy Joel and the Dave Matthews Band will headline three more concerts this summer at Wrigley, thanks to an “exception” to the night-game ordinance that Ald. Tom Tunney (44th) plans to introduce at Wednesday’s City Council meeting.
Elton John and Billy Joel will reprise last year’s wildly popular concerts on July 7 ” a Wednesday night.
The Dave Matthews Band ” whose bus driver notoriously unloaded 800 pounds of human waste on a tour boat passing under the Kinzie Street bridge in 2004 — is expected to headline Friday and Saturday night concerts in September. The dates haven’t been finalized.
Last summer, the Cubs held an unprecedented three Wrigley concerts in one summer week — two by Elton John and Billy Joel, one by Rascal Flatts.
When the Southport Neighbors Association argued that it was too big a burden, in part because of a conflict with the group’s neighborhood festival, Tunney called it a one-year experiment. He promised that, if things didn’t go well, “There’ll be no more concerts.”