As the baseball season nears, the announcements of the season’s schedule of promotions steadily increases, and over the weekend the Mets announced that for their 50th anniversary they’d be throwing a three-show postgame concert series in 2012. The lineup: the hesher-pop outfit REO Speedwagon (June 15), powerpop titans Cheap Trick (July 20), and the religious post-grunge outfit MercyMe (August 10). The bands are from Champaign, Illinois; Rockford, Illinois; and Greenville, Texas, respectively. That’s right—there are no New York bands on the bill, which seems quite silly given that this city is crawling with musically inclined fans of the team and even has a DIY venue named after the Mets’ former home. To that end, here are six New York-based acts who might not mind having the 2012 version of the Metropolitans as their opening act. Perhaps those of us who feel passionate enough about this issue can organize a trip to this season’s triumphant return of Banner Day (May 27!) in order to lobby for one or all or these choices?
The So So Glos
Having this fine band of Brooklyners—who co-founded the aforementioned venue named after Shea Stadium—would if nothing else show this year’s team that a DIY spirit can result in greatness, no matter how much money might be behind it.
Not only is she a Mets fan who has paid her own musical homage to the Mets’ former home, she’s wickedly funny and enough of a guitar wizard that could probably figure out a way to play her guitar with one of those T-shirt guns. (Just don’t give out pink branded crap the night she plays, okay?)
Remember her? The American Idol contestant from Howard Beach who, despite being a throwback to the style of adult contemporary that was popular before the teenpop hordes took over, inspired the greatest “they kicked off who?!” outcry from the general public since Jennifer Hudson got the boot in season three? At the very least, bringing her on would bump up the number of potential shoppers at the Touch By Alyssa Milano boutique near Section 306.
Jay-Z goes around repping for the Yankees all the time, even though he’s from Brooklyn. Why not embrace Queensbridge’s own—above, using the Mets’ hat as a way for him to rep his home borough—as Queens’ team’s own? (And please, don’t start on the idea of “lyrical appropriateness” as far as what songs he might play. “Surrender” is a song about catching STDs wrapped up in a candy-bright package!)
“Baseball Altamont,” which this band of Mets fans wrote in 1985 and which describes a riot at a Mets game, will either hit a little bit close to home or remind eeryone in attendance that things could always be worse. (Thanks to Jon Solomon for the suggestion.)
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