Soul Asylum's current lineup, featuring Cambridge, Minn.-bred Justin Sharbono, left, on guitar, plus drummer Michael Bland, frontman Dave Pirner and bassist Winston Roye.
The first-ever Target Field concert not featuring Kenny Chesney was announced Thursday morning. And sorry, it's not Paul McCartney. The lineup is decidedly more downscale -- though for lovers of 1990s music, the lineup does have its charms.
The Twins and their radio affiliate 96.3 K-TWIN are bringing in the LP Tour -- a group of bands playing their best-known albums in their entirety. That includes:
-- Minnesota faves Soul Asylum, who'll perform the 1992 disc that broke them nationally (and won them a slot in Bill Clinton's inauguration party), the massive multi-platinum hit "Grave Dancers Union."
-- Big Head Todd and the Monsters, doing their 1993 breakthrough album "Sister Sweetly," which landed the hit singles "Bittersweet," "Broken Hearted Savior" and "Circle."
-- Matthew Sweet, performing his 1991 album "Girlfriend"and its still-ubiquitous title track.
Other stops on the LP Tour -- which include a California winery and Vegas water park -- feature the Wailers performing Bob Marley's greatest-hits album "Legend," but they're not playing here. Instead, the Gear Daddies -- another Minnesota group beloved by fans of a certain age -- will step in. No word on whether they'll attempt 1990's "Billy's Live Bait," but you can bet their song "Zamboni" will make an incongruous appearance on the Target Field turf.
The Twins are dubbing this show the Skyline Music Festival. Seating is limited to the third-base side of the stadium, overlooking downtown (hence the name).
Tickets, at $25 to $45 (plus $6 fees) went on sale Thursday morning. (Click here for seating chart and ticket info.)
While hardly contemporary, the acts do fit the mold of K-TWIN's classic pop/rock format, which it adopted a year ago after dumping hip-hop. And amid a dismal season, the Twins at least deserve a cheer for giving another boost to the hometown players on the local music front, along with the season-long Midwest Music Series showcasing Minnesota bands at Twins games.
Just one thing:
Hey, Soul Asylum, since you just performed "Grave Dancers Union" at First Avenue in December, how about doing a different album at this gig? -- like "Made to Be Broken," your Bob Mould-produced 1986 Twin/Tone release?
[Photo: courtesy Soul Asylum]