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Lady Gaga Announced As First Female Headliner To Play Wrigley Field

By Ariel Cheung | February 6, 2017 7:06am
 Lady Gaga will play at Wrigley Field this summer.
Lady Gaga will play at Wrigley Field this summer.
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WRIGLEY FIELD — Lady Gaga will be the first woman to headline at Wrigley Field with a concert set for Aug. 25.

The pop artist's tour was announced Monday following her Super Bowl halftime show on Sunday and four months after the release of her fifth album, "Joanne." Tickets go on sale Feb. 13.

Gaga became somewhat of a Chicago fixture in 2015 while engaged to "Chicago Fire" actor Taylor Kinney, participating in two Polar Plunges and celebrating the Chicago Pride Parade. But since the two split, there haven't been many Gaga sightings in the Windy City.

She most recently performed in the Chicago area in 2015, playing two shows in Highland Park with Tony Bennett. Her last solo show in Chicago was at the United Center in 2014 as part of her "Artpop Ball" tour.

She also headlined Lollapalooza in 2010, three years after her first performance at the Grant Park music festival on a small side stage.

Other stops on her "Joanne" world tour include AT&T Park in San Francisco, Fenway Park in Boston and Citi Field in New York.

Since Wrigley Field began hosting concerts in 2005, few women have graced its stage, and none as the headlining act.

Blues musician Bonnie Raitt will be the special guest performing with James Taylor July 17.

Kelly Clarkson opened for Jason Aldean in July 2013, and Miranda Lambert joined her fellow Pistol Annies to open for Brad Paisley in 2012 along with a Carrie Underwood hologram.

The most recent women to shake it up at Wrigley Field weren't even musicians: Jennifer Lawrence and Amy Schumer shimmied on Billy Joel's piano back in 2015.

Gaga soared to fame in 2008 with the debut of "The Fame." The six-time Grammy winner was initially known for her explosive dance pop and over-the-top fashion choices, but expanded her breadth to include a jazz album collaboration with Tony Bennett and the soft rock of "Joanne."

Her latest album was largely influenced by her role on "American Horror Story: Hotel," in which she played a a hotel owner named Elizabeth. Gaga's performance won her a Golden Globe for best actress.

The season was loosely based on an actual Chicago hotel: The World's Fair Hotel built in 1893 in Englewood. H.H. Holmes used his maze of a "Murder Castle" to kill dozens of victims until he was exposed two years later.

As a concert venue, Wrigley Field most frequently books country musicians and classic rock acts. Billy Joel has performed there more than any other artist, with shows every year since 2014 and a 2009 performance with Elton John.

Other repeat performers include Jimmy Buffett, Pearl Jam, Zac Brown Band and James Taylor.

Along with Buffett's July 15 show, the 2017 summer concert series so far includes Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers (June 29), Dead & Company (June 30 and July 1), James Taylor with Bonnie Raitt (July 17), Billy Joel (Aug. 11), Green Day (Aug. 24) and Zac Brown Band (Aug. 26).

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