Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Billy Joel and Stevie Nicks to headline U.S. Bank Stadium in November
Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Jan. 13 through Ticketmaster.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Billy Joel and Stevie Nicks will headline U.S. Bank Stadium on Nov. 10.
Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Jan. 13 through Ticketmaster. Citi cardholders have access to a pre-sale that starts at 10 a.m. Monday. Neither the venue nor the promoter announced ticket prices.
Minnesota Vikings veteran and Pro Football Hall of Famer John Randle was on hand at the stadium for the tour’s announcement Friday morning. News conferences to announce local concerts are exceedingly rare, although they were also staged for Joel’s three most recent Twin Cities shows, a joint May 2009 gig with Elton John at Xcel Energy Center, a solo stop at Target Center six years later and a July 2017 Target Field show that featured surprise guest Axl Rose.
The 73-year-old New York native was inspired to pursue music after seeing the Beatles on “The Ed Sullivan Show.” He played in several unsuccessful bands in the late ’60s before going solo in 1971 with “Cold Spring Harbor.” Joel’s first hit, “Piano Man,” arrived two years later and has since become his signature tune.
From there, Joel went on to rule radio with a long string of smashes, including “Just the Way You Are,” “Movin’ Out (Anthony’s Song),” “Only the Good Die Young,” “You May Be Right,” “It’s Still Rock and Roll to Me,” “Tell Her About It,” “Uptown Girl,” “Keeping the Faith” and “We Didn’t Start the Fire.”
Joel landed in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1999, the same year he played a New Year’s Eve concert at New York’s Madison Square Garden. At the time, he hinted that it might be his final live performance. But he has continued to tour and, in 2014, he began a monthly residency at the venue. (On Thursday, he announced his 92nd MSG show would take place July 24.) He stopped releasing pop albums after 1993’s “River of Dreams.”
“Some people think it’s because I’m lazy or I’m just being contrary,” Joel once told the New Yorker. “But, no, I think it’s just – I’ve had my say. If I put out an album now, it would probably sell pretty well, because of who I am, but that’s no reason to do it. I’d want it to be good.”
Nicks, 74, joined Fleetwood Mac in 1975 with her then-boyfriend Lindsey Buckingham. Two years later, the duo helped the band make “Rumours,” which has since become one of the best-selling albums of all time, with more than 20 million copies sold in the United States alone.
Fleetwood Mac went on a hiatus after 1979’s “Tusk.” Two years later, Nicks released her debut solo album “Bella Donna,” which spawned the hit duets “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around” (with Tom Petty) and “Leather and Lace” (with Don Henley) as well as what became her signature song, “Edge of Seventeen.” Her sophomore record “The Wild Heart” included the single “Stand Back,” which features an uncredited Prince on synthesizer.
The “Rumours”-era lineup of Fleetwood Mac reunited for a wildly popular 1997 tour and Nicks has spent her time since playing with the band while also maintaining her solo career. She headlined Xcel Energy Center in 2016 and the Minnesota State Fair Grandstand the following year. In 2018, she joined the latest version of Fleetwood Mac – which features the Heartbreakers’ Mike Campbell and Crowded House’s Neil Finn in place of Buckingham – for a tour that hit Xcel Energy Center that October.
Nicks is the first woman to have been inducted twice into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, first with Fleetwood Mac in 1998 and then as a solo artist in 2019.
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