WRITTEN BY MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER
At any time of year, you can expect there to be something going on downtown at the sports complex, but beginning Friday night, it’s going to get crazier than usual, with five concerts in five nights, featuring many of the hottest musical acts in the world, and attracting more than 120,000 concert-goers.
Friday night, Jason Aldean and Florida Georgia Line perform at Citizens Bank Park. Saturday, it’s a concert double-header with Billy Joel performing at Citizens Bank Park and Miley Cyrus headlining the Wells Fargo Center. Two nights later, Katy Perry fills the Wells Fargo Center Monday and Tuesday.
More than 90 trucks and 40 tour buses will be used to transport all of the show’s needs for equipment and crew. Combined, all four performers have 37 Grammy nominations combined, have released more than 25 studio albums, recorded 128 singles and spanned multiple music genres.
Aldean has 11 singles that have reached the top of the country music charts, including “Dirty Road Anthem” and “Night Train.” Accompanying Aldean will be country duo Florida Georgia Line, who saw their rise to fame with their hit single, “Cruise.”
Joel has sold more than 150 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling artists of all time. He last performed in Philadelphia at Citizens Bank Park, as part of a double-header with Elton John Aug. 1, 2009.
Cyrus last played at the venue during her 2009 Wonder World Tour. During its release week, “Bangerz’ hit the top spot on iTunes in more than 70 countries. Both singles, “Wrecking Ball” and “We Can’t Stop,” off “Bangerz” have already sold 4.3 million copies in the States alone. This show is the rescheduled date from when Cyrus postponed her spring tour to recuperate from an illness. Tickets to the originally scheduled date will be honored at the Wells Fargo Center.
Perry has sold 11 million albums, 81 million singles worldwide and is the best-selling digital singles artist in the U.S., according to RIAA. Opening for Perry is American indie pop duo Capital Cities, famous for their chart-topping single, “Safe and Sound.” Perry last performed at the Wells Fargo Center June 24, 2011.
Xfinity Live! Philadelphia is the official pre-concert and post-concert location for the five shows and also offers its own festivities, including Countryfest, featuring bands Shot of Southern and Philbilly performing on the outdoor concert stage Friday, beginning at 2 p.m. Tricky Dick & The Coverups perform later in the evening at Victory Beer Hall. Bangarang and Lost In Paris will keep the party going Saturday with performances starting at 8 p.m.
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