Paul McCartney will take the stage July 7 at Consol Energy Center.
By Scott Mervis / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
The biggest indication of where Pittsburgh stands as a concert market is the fact that Luke Bryan is playing his first stadium concert here, but if you want to see the big Beyonce/Jay Z tour, you're going to have to head to Philly or Baltimore.
Pittsburgh is like Nashville North, with a full slate of country acts at the First Niagara Pavilion that started last weekend with Brad Paisley and a second stadium show with Jason Aldean playing PNC Park.
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It's the bread and butter of Live Nation's summer lineup, according to Scott Stienecker, president of Columbus, Ohio-based rival PromoWest Live, which runs Stage AE.
"You look at every shed around the country, their biggest thing is they have eight big country shows," he says. "It's not just Pittsburgh."
The Pavilion lineup has a familiar look with such perennials as Jimmy Buffett, Dave Matthews Band, Toby Keith, Tim McGraw, Lady Antebellum, the Warped Tour, Mayhem and Wiz Khalifa. Fall Out Boy returns to headline the Pavilion for the first time since 2007 (having sold out Stage AE last year), and One Republic makes its headlining debut there.
Consol Energy Center marks the return of Sir Paul McCartney, for the first time since he opened the building in 2010, and has two of the hottest pop tarts with Katy Perry and Miley Cyrus.
Stage AE hits one out of the park with Jack White, making his Pittsburgh debut as a solo artist in a show that's already sold out. The indoor/outdoor venue on the North Shore also freshens the lineup with Bastille and Arctic Monkeys (both sold out), Chvrches, the Band of Horses/Midlake bill and Tegan and Sara.
"I think this is our strongest summer of the four," Mr. Stienecker says. "Just the amount of acts that we're doing and the cross-section of acts."
It's a country-free zone as all the consumer dollars go to those big shows and, Mr. Stienecker says, "If you plug a Trace Adkins in the middle of that or a Jake Owen, you get killed."
A new twist is a rare outdoor punk bill loaded with major Warped vets -- The Offspring/Bad Religion/Pennywise -- who share an agent. Stage AE may add another dozen shows, but both Beck and Lorde chose to do its Columbus venue but not Pittsburgh.
Other big tours not coming this way: One Direction and the limited Eminem/Rihanna stadium tours, Aerosmith, Tom Petty, Phish, Nine Inch Nails/Soundgarden, Queen + Adam Lambert, Morrissey, Bruno Mars/Pharrell, John Fogerty/Jackson Browne, Lionel Richie/Cee Lo, ZZ Top/Jeff Beck, REO Speedwagon/Chicago, Styx/Foreigner and James Taylor.
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