UPDATE: Werner, Steinberg are indeed bringing sexy...


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  • UPDATE: Werner, Steinberg are indeed bringing sexy back to Fenway on August 10, Tickets on sale, a.k.a. tickets will be sold out, on February 28 at Live Nation

    Jay-Z-Justin Timberlake concert at Fenway Park is happening on Aug. 10... where are my front row seats now Dr. Charles??

    Following please find the compete list of tour dates:

    July 17 Toronto, ON Rogers Centre
    July 19 New York, NY Yankee Stadium
    July 22 Chicago, IL Soldier Field
    July 26 San Francisco, CA Candlestick Park
    July 28 Los Angeles, CA Rose Bowl
    July 31 Vancouver, BC BC Place Stadium
    August 4 Hershey, PA Hershey Stadium
    August 6 Detroit, MI Ford Field
    August 8 Baltimore, MD M&T Bank Stadium
    August 10 Boston, MA Fenway Park
    August 13 Philadelphia, PA Citizens Bank Park
    August 16 Miami, FL Sun Life Stadium

    (From Thursday) FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Earlier this afternoon at JetBlue Park, I caught up with Dr. Charles Steinberg, senior advisor to the Red Sox (sitting with Red Sox softball coach/Fenway ambassador Jackie Dempsey on the left) and I asked him about the rumored Jay-Z-Justin Timberlake concert at Fenway Park this summer, as reported in today's Boston Herald.

    "They don't tell me those things," Steinberg replied. Steinberg is the Red Sox official most responsible for staging extravagant acts such as concerts, and most recently Fenway Park’s 100th anniversary celebration.

    Later in the video above, I asked Steinberg if a Jay-Z-Timberlake show "would be a good choice for Fenway." Steinberg changed the subject to the Jason Aldean-Miranda Lambert country music concert at Fenway in July, saying that show "was sold out, sure," as he let out his trademark laugh.

    Timberlake and Jay-Z were named on Tuesday by live music promoter Live Nation as headline acts for the Wireless Festival at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London on July 12-13. Earlier this month the two superstars appeared together at the Grammy Awards to perform their collaboration "Suit & Tie", off Timberlake's first new album in seven years that is due out on March 18.

    Timberlake will headline in London on July 12, which will be his only UK festival performance. He will be joined by Snoop Dogg, Trey Songz, John Legend, Miguel and Frank Ocean.

    Jay-Z will headline on July 13, which will be his only European performance this year.

    Last week, Rolling Stone magazine reported that Timberlake and Jay-Z are likely going on a US tour to promote the launch of Timberlake’s new album, The 20/20 Experience. “While talks are still ongoing, the tour as currently planned would include 11 to 13 stadium dates,” wrote the magazine, and the Baltimore Business Journal reported on rumors that “Timberlake and Jay-Z are scheduled to play M&T Bank Stadium sometime in early August.”

    When I asked Steinberg if he was aware of the concert in Baltimore, he replied, "No, I didn't know anything until I read it online... so no word. Down here concerts are the furthest thing on my mind."

    In the video above (you can't hear the question), I suggested to Steinberg that it would be fantastic if he could bring sexy back to Fenway, a reference to Red Sox chairman Tom Werner's desire to have more sexy players in Boston, as reported in the Terry Francona-Dan Shaughnessy book collaboration, "Francona: The Red Sox Years," and the Timberlake song, "I'm bringing sexy back."

    Steinberg then proceeded to change the subject again to the Aldean-Lambert concert already scheduled at Fenway.

    Aldean’s hits include “Big Green Tractor” and “DirtRoad Anthem,” and his chart-topping duet with Kelly Clarkson, “Don’t You Wanna Stay?”

    Lambert, a 28-year-old Texan who’s married to fellow country star Blake Shelton, is best known for her hits “Me and Charlie Talking,” “Bring Me Down,” “Famous in a Small Town,” and “Gunpowder & Lead.”

    Aldean and Lambert would be the first country acts to play at Fenway Park, which has previously hosted concerts by Bruce Springsteen, Dave Matthews, Roger Waters, Phish, Jimmy Buffett, and the Rolling Stones.

    In 2008, Steinberg left Boston for the Los Angeles Dodgers, lured by the prospect of rebranding another marquee franchise -- and by a reported $850,000 annual contract offered by owners Frank and Jamie McCourt, whom he knew from their Boston years. The Sox brass promised to leave the light on for Steinberg, and the 53-year-old returned to franchise last season and spearheaded Fenway’s 100th anniversary celebration.

    If I were a betting man, and I am, I would say Jay-Z-JT is a go at Fenway sometime in August.

    Material from the Boston Globe and wire services was used in this report.

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