Wrigley Field is not only home of the Chicago Cubs, but in the past decade it has become home to several musicians as well — ones who are fortunate enough to book a gig at the historic “venue.” Since September of 2005, when Jimmy Buffet became the first artist to use the field as a concert venue, there has been an increasing amount of acts that perform on the field each summer — from the Foo Fighters to Pearl Jam, who will play an upcoming XRT show there on August 22, and many more. But there are still countless artists/bands that, if given the chance, would deliver a stellar set at the respected venue. Here are just five of them who should play Wrigley Field in the near future.
Florence and the Machine
The list of Wrigley Field concerts largely lacks female fronted acts —not a single one has ever headlined the stage at Wrigley since concerts started occurring at the field 11 years ago. Florence and the Machine would make for an idealistic and worthy choice, with Florence Welch’s powerhouse vocals and the band’s instrumental builds, signature staples at any great rock show. Her more tender moments paired with the sonic explosions embedded in her songs would result in a well-balanced set.
The band known for launching Tom Petty into the spotlight reformed and returned with a fresh release back in May, titled 2 — which picked up right where they left off back in 2008 with their debut studio album (though the band originally formed in the 70s). Mudcrutch would make for a classic rock show, and would allow Petty to fill out the set with classics of his own with the members of Mudcrutch as his stand-in backing band.
These rock icons are headlining Lollapalooza, and would surely pack Wrigley Field to capacity if given the chance. Their esoteric energy and ethereal sounds are best when delivered in an outdoor environment so that they can expand and soar without structure getting in the way. Having just released the well-received A Moon Shaped Pool, the band has plenty of new material — plus the plethora of their more favored hits — to pull from.
There’s something special about a homecoming performance, and The Smashing Pumpkins would be sure to capitalize on the opportunity to play a venue with such history, especially when it’s in their own hometown. Though Billy Corgan once decreed he would never play an album live in its entirety, there’s no need here. The band can compile a set list of both old and new, and it would still result in an epic performance.
Following the release of their recent Future Present Past EP, The Strokes have a small handful of new tracks to tour behind — not that they’re necessary, though. The alt-rockers have released several defining albums over the years, all of which would culminate in a set brimming over with 00s nostalgia. Wrigley Field is an appropriate welcome back venue for the band, which has yet to revisit the city since they headlined Lollapalooza in 2010.