WORCESTER – Bruce Springsteen, Zac Brown, Dave Matthews, Billy Joel and Paul McCartney are just a few of the musicians who have performed at Fenway Park.
Since 2003, the home of the Boston Red Sox has hosted dozens of concerts and musicians, from rock to country and everything in between.
So, the question many are asking in this city is: when will Polar Park start hosting concerts? And who is likely to play at the new WooSox stadium?
“We would love Ricky Duran, who is from Worcester, James Taylor, who is a friend of ours,” said team president Charles Steinberg last week.
The former home of the Worcester Red Sox, McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, has played host to a handful of big names, including Bob Dylan, John Mellencamp, Macklemore, Counting Crows, Collective Soul, the Mighty Mighty Bosstones and Willie Nelson.
As to when Polar Park will host its first musician or group, Steinberg said there have been discussions but no specific plans have been made. So don’t expect any stage shows until next baseball season at the earliest.
Back to who could fill the 9,508 capacity stadium?
“Other than Paul McCartney, it would be wonderful to have a Beatle playing Polar Park,” said Steinberg. “I’m unlikely to get Paul McCartney. But Ringo (Starr & his All-Starr Band) would be great. That would be great.”
Steinberg said he would also be interested in hosting something like the Happy Together Tour, featuring The Turtles, Gary Puckett & the Union Gap, The Association, Classics IV, The Vogues and The Cowsills.
When presented with a short list of potential artists to play at Polar Park, Steinberg enthusiastically endorsed the Beach Boys, Dropkick Murphys, Bob Dylan, John Fogerty, J. Geils Band, the Moody Blues, a double Blake bill. Shelton – Gwen Stefani, a “Girls Night Out” show starring the Bangles, Go-Go’s and / or Joan Jett.
He also gave the green light to a baseball music roster with former Red Sox pitchers Bronson Arroyo and Leonard DiNardo, and former Chicago White Sox pitcher Jack McDowell, all musicians.
Regarding the prospects for a “Winter Classic” hockey game at Polar Park, Steinberg said nothing will happen this year, but that he would like to work with the Worcester Railers to do something in January 2023.