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The Ross Who Knew Too Much

Friday, May 06, 2005

Much happier concert news

Green Day are coming back to town for a Sept. 16 show at the Xcel Energy Center.

Tickets are $39.50 and $45 and will go on sale at 10 a.m. May 14 through Ticketmaster outlets.

While I remain unconvinced that Green Day's "American Idiot" is the masterpiece many claim, it's sold 3.4 million copies -- a staggering amount for a band that seemed well past its sell-by date.

They're taking Jimmy Eat World along for the ride. (I imagine it'll be tough for Jimmy Eat World to play every night for thousands of bored kids waiting solely for them to play "The Middle." Then again, if the band had bothered to put a halfway decent song on last year's "Futures," maybe they wouldn't have that problem.)

Also, the Rolling Stones have scheduled a press conference Tuesday in New York. They're expected to announce an upcoming world tour that could potentially kick off in Boston in August and continue into 2006.

The band has recently been recording in France for a new studio album due out later this year.

While the nervy geezers visited the Cities three times in the '90s -- 1994, 1997 and 1999 -- they elected to skip over Minnesota during their most recent 2002-2003 "Licks" jaunt, much to the chagrin of then-Gov. Jesse Ventura. "The Body" said at the time: "I will do my very best to do whatever I can to get them here, because I'd love to have them invite me up (onstage)."


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