One of the last big tour announcements of 2022 is likely to be the first gig at Twin Cities stadiums in 2023: The Red Hot Chili Peppers have confirmed an April 8 date at US Bank Stadium with the Strokes and King Princess for the premieres parts.
Tickets for the Saturday night concert in Minneapolis go on sale Friday through Ticketmaster, with pre-sale options beginning Tuesday at noon. The Live Nation tour promoter often uses unpredictable dynamic pricing techniques at Minnesota state-funded sports venues, and so did not name show prices.
Minneapolis drops four stops in the Chili Peppers’ North American itinerary for 2023 which also includes a stop at the Fargodome in Fargo on April 6. Other alternate tour openings include Iggy Pop, the Roots and St. Vincent, none of which are scheduled for Midwestern dates.
Last seen in town at Target Center in 2017, the LA funk-rock veterans hit the road again last summer, in a fortuitous year that also saw the return of the age-old guitarist gold John Frusciante and the release of two albums, “Unlimited Live” and “The Return of the Dream Canteen”.
The Strokes have been far less active than the Chili Peppers over the past decade. Their opening concert at the Vikings stadium will mark the New York quintet’s first date with Twin Cities since a concert at the Orpheum in 2006.
Julian Casablancas and his pals reappeared in 2020 with ‘The New Abnormal’ album, but they’ve only played a limited number of dates since its release. They are said to have recently recorded with producer Rick Rubin and may release another new album next year.
Although it is the first appointment in terms of calendar, the date of the Chili Peppers is the fifth concert announced for 2023 at the US Bank Stadium, also counting the adventure of two nights of Taylor Swift (23-24 June), Ed Sheeran (August 12) and Luke Combs (May 13). Metallica also recently announced a two-night stand slated for August 2024 at Minneapolis’ only indoor stadium.
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