My dad has had partial Twins season tickets for a few years. He saved up when the All-Star Game was announced and purchased two seats for all of the events. He also had the chance to order four tickets to the big Imagine Dragons show at TCF Bank Stadium, which I totally forgot about on the day the free tickets went on “sale.” The show sold out right away and local demand went up even more when Minneapolis favorites Atmosphere were added to the bill. Dad planned to take my sister and both SK and MK, so at least they were covered.
Somewhere in the Rhymesayers social media world, I saw a link to a page that said they were giving away pairs of tickets to show. I filled out a weird online Google Docs spreadsheet and promptly forgot about it. About a week before the show, I received an email from them saying we won tickets. Score!
We had to pick up the tickets in person between 11 and 4 on Saturday at Fifth Element on Hennepin. A later email mentioned that a limited number of “VIP” tickets would be available – first come, first serve. So after visiting my dad during his volunteer gig at the All-Star Fan Fest, we headed over to get in line around 10:15. There were maybe 50 people in front of us, but we were able to get two of the big blue VIP tickets that said to enter gate A. Other than that, we had no idea what the VIP part meant.
My dad and sister took the new Green Line and left early, as their tickets said upper level general admission. They ended up getting seats in the second row of the middle section directly across from the stage and saved two extra seats. We drove the girls later and parked in a lot right next to the stadium (for the low, low price of $20).
We took our VIP tickets and were granted access to some standing-room areas on the field, but were told we needed different credentials to get in the big white hospitality tent (that appeared to have free food and drinks – bummer). There were a bunch of folding chairs directly in front of the stage and there was signage that said the front half was the red section and the back half was blue. We asked about our tickets and were told they were for the blue section, so we found two seats directly in front of the sound board.
It was a rather warm, sunny day and the white tiles on the field pretty much acted as heating coils. We were so happy when the sun finally dropped behind the large scoreboard. After a rather weird introduction by one of the Pohlad kids, Atmosphere started their short, mostly PG set. While the Atmosphere and Imagine Dragons fans probably don’t overlap much (hi DGS!), I would’ve liked to see a little more of Slug (especially since ID only has the one album).
Semi-funny side note: the three women behind us at Fifth Element kept talking about how all they cared about was Atmosphere and how they planned to leave before “Magic Dragons” started. They kept laughing about Magic Dragons, then stopped and said “wait, what are they really called?” Now ID will forever be Magic Dragons to me…
As for the actual performances, I thought both acts were entertaining. Chris Riemenschneider had a rather harsh review at the Star Tribune and I agree that the All-Star Game concert probably deserved someone like Pearl Jam. But hey, it was free and I’m sure the sponsors were happy. The fireworks were cool too – the only real negative was the horrendous traffic getting out of there.
Here are the set lists (according to Chris):
- January on Lake Street
- Kanye West
- She’s Enough
- Party for the Fight to Write
- Shoulda Known
- Trying to Find a Balance
- Hear Me
- It’s Time
- Battle Cry
- With or Without You (U2 cover)
- 30 Lives
- Who We Are
- Nothing Left to Say
- On Top of the World
Up next: Rod Stewart & Santana at Xcel on August 10thOriginally published by DK on July 19, 2014 at 10:59 pm