Rolling Stone names Wrigley Field second best rock stadium in U.S.

Chicago Tribune music critic Greg Kot gives insider information on former Cubs star player Ernie Banks visiting the Pearl Jam performance at Wrigley field. (Posted on: July 22, 2013)

And to think, it took Wrigley Field 91 years to host its first concert.

Rolling Stone ranked the top 10 rock stadiums and arenas in the U.S. – based on a poll it took among 26 music insiders, including country singer Miranda Lambert, rapper Talib Kweli, Phoenix’s Thomas Mars and Fall Out Boy’s Patrick Stump – and named “The Friendly Confines” No. 2 on the list.

The concerts at Wrigley Field have become a summer tradition, attracting some of the biggest names in music. Artists such as Pearl Jam, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Paul McCartney, Billy Joel, Elton John, The Police, Jimmy Buffett, Rascal Flatts and Kelly Clarkson have all taken the stage at the historic Cubs ballpark.

(Noticeably missing? A hip-hop artist. C’mon, Eminem, make it happen. You too, Kanye.)

Madison Square Garden in New York came in at No. 1 on the list, which was released last month, while Fenway Park in Boston, home to the Boston Red Sox, was ranked No. 3. The list is part of Rolling Stone’s “Venues That Rock” series, which also ranked the top 20 rock clubs. Chicago's Schubas Tavern (No. 5), Empty Bottle (No. 12) and Lincoln Hall (No. 15) made the list.

(Via Deadspin)

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