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Imagine Dragons headline free All-Star Week concert

June 16, 2014

By Ross Raihala, Pioneer Press, St. Paul, Minn.



June 16--After selling out St. Paul'sXcel Energy Center in March, Las Vegas rock band Imagine Dragons will return to town July 12 to headline the biggest stage in the Twin Cities. And admission is free.

The Grammy-winning foursome will play TCF Bank Stadium to help kick off Major League Baseball All-Star Week, which culminates July 15 with the All-Star Game at Target Field. Local hip-hop group Atmosphere will open for Imagine Dragons, with a fireworks display planned to follow the concert.

Fans can request up to four free tickets starting at 10 a.m. Thursday via allstargame.com/concert. Tickets cannot be resold. While TCF Bank Stadium can hold nearly 60,000 fans -- as it did when U2 played the venue in July 2011 -- officials plan to allow about 29,000 people into the Imagine Dragons show.

This will be the fourth free All-Star Week concert, following Mariah Carey in 2013, Sheryl Crow in 2009 and Bon Jovi in 2008.

The idea of the event, said Tim Brosnan, MLB's executive vice president of business, is to thank local fans. "It extends to the overall philosophy of All-Star Week," he said. "It's a great announcement that here we are, and we're going to start the week with a mass audience at a big, outdoor event. We want it to be comfortable and open, a feel-good, free event."

While Imagine Dragons have released only one album, 2012's double-platinum "Night Visions," the band has found tremendous success. The single "Radioactive" spent a record-breaking 87 weeks in the Billboard Hot 100, won a best rock performance Grammy and topped 7 million in sales, making it the best-selling rock song of the digital era. The band has also scored worldwide hits with "Demons," "On Top of the World" and "It's Time."

Rapper Sean "Slug" Daley and producer Anthony "Ant" Davis have released six albums together as Atmosphere and are co-founders of the Minneapolis record label Rhymesayers Entertainment. The label also runs the record store Fifth Element and the annual Soundset Festival, which drew more than 30,000 people to Canterbury Park last month.

Pop music critic Ross Raihala can be reached at 651-228-5553. Follow him at Twitter.com/RossRaihala.

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