These 35 bands played at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts

Back in their saddle once again, Aerosmith take to the stage at Fenway Park tomorrow night – marking the first time in months that Red Sox fans can cheer on some hits.

It seems the band that owns the Sox wants people to believe they are the innovators of the concerts at Fenway Park, ‘beginning’ in 2003 when Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band took to the field just before the Sox’s glory days. .

But The Boss isn’t the first notable musical act to perform with the Green Monster as a backdrop.

There was indeed a long gap between major gigs at Fenway – 30 years, to be exact – but what is somehow buried in history is the impressive group of legendary artists who played at Fenway Park before “Sweet Caroline” songs were a staple of Sox games. . (I don’t see Ted Williams or Jim Rice joining them.)

According Setlist.fm (an absolute must for music fans), the first concert at Fenway Park was in 1959, with the legendary Ray Charles. Charles would return to Fenway in 1973 when it hosted the Newport Jazz Festival. The lineup was pretty stacked, as legends Stevie Wonder and BB King also took the stage during the day itself in late July. (Charles would return in 2003 to perform “America the Beautiful” on baseball’s opening day.)

In recent years, the Red Sox have also been known to “host” other sporting events, such as the NHL Winter Classic and college football (having been permanent host of the Boston Patriots). But again, this is actually nothing new at Fenway Park.

According to the Worcester Telegram and Gazette, college football was played at Fenway as early as 1916. In fact, legendary baseball announcer Vin Scully got his first big break by calling a college game from the rooftop of Fenway in 1948.

Meanwhile, boxing was first held at Fenway Park in 1920 – while in 1969 the great Bruno Sammartino defended the WWWF Championship against local legend Killer Kowalski in front of 17,000 fans, according to Legends of Pro Wrestling. . With Survivor Series a quick sell-out at the Garden this year, could we see SummerSlam at Fenway one of those years? (At least it would make sense when Kane chokeslams Pete Rose.)

35 bands and artists who have played at Fenway Park

Many performed “The Star Spangled Banner” or “Take Me Out to the Ballgame,” but these artists played sold-out concerts in America’s oldest ballpark.

Let’s take a tour of the Massachusetts home of Aerosmith’s Joe Perry