On Monday, powerhouse rock 'n' roll franchise U2 announced an international stadium tour to celebrate the 30th anniversary of their classic Joshua Tree album. Not included among the initial 17 U.S. dates: a Twin Cities stop.
But there is a curious gap between the May 26 Dallas gig and the June 3 Chicago one, which brings us to today's cryptic PR note from the Minnesota Twins. It promises journalists a "concert announcement" at Target Field at 10 a.m. this Thursday.
... gotta be U2, right?
Rock 'n' roll personality Joe Mauer will even be on hand for the grand reveal; I'm encouraged to RSVP for the event -- but will I? That, too, remains a mystery.
Back to what we know: Potential openers for the U.S. leg of U2's 2017 tour include Mumford & Sons, OneRepublic, and the Lumineers. Pretty rough! Tickets are running between $35-$280, according to Ticketmaster.
Back to 2011: That's when U2 rocked TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis (read our review of the mega-sized, fan-pleasing spectacle). That tour featured an enormous animatronic claw, prompting at least one critic to speculate that an open-air venue will be required this go-'round, potentially for a 300-foot animatronic Joshua tree.
And, finally, back to the present: Should Thursday's announcement be for another act, please disregard this entire blog post. Target Center's PR squad drummed up massive hype for a concert announcement in 2014, only to trot out Billy Joel's name (the Strib thinks we're destined for a repeat). Plus, Target Field's 42,000-ish capacity is well below the 60,000-ish of Chicago's Solider Field and the 100,000-ish of Dallas' AT&T Stadium, as Minneapolis Twitter King Kyle Matteson points out.
So, as always, prepare for disappointment.