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Modest Mouse, Brand New to Play Rare Forest Hills Stadium Show
The former site of the U.S. Open and legendary Beatles and Dylan gigs gets a 21st century revival
One of New York City's most storied venues is getting a 2014 facelift and will host a rare concert of alt-rock cult favorites this summer.
On Saturday, Aug. 9, Modest Mouse and Brand New will co-headline Queens' Forest Hills Stadium, marking only the third concert at the venue in the past 15 years. Tickets go on sale to the general public at 12 p.m. on May 1. Tomorrow (April 30) at 12 p.m., cardmembers of the concert's sponsor, Citi, have access to a presale.
The 91-year-old venue was home to storied Beatles, Bob Dylan and Rolling Stones concerts during the 1960s but fell into disrepair after the U.S. Open ceased to call it home in 1977. Last year, concert promoters partnered with the West Side Tennis Club to renovate the old timey stadium and make it a welcome setting for 21st century shows.
Modest Mouse are still signed to Epic Records, though they have not released a full length album since 2007's "We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank." Most recently, they released a B-sides compilation titled "No One's First and You're Next" in 2009. Despite the dearth of new music, they have live dates scheduled throughout May and July.
Brand New are also touring as headliners throughout much of the summer and have hinted that they are working on a follow-up to 2009's "Daisy."
The pair have announced one other show together this year -- May 24 at Cooperstown, NY's Brewery Ommegang.
Back in Aug. 2013, Mumford & Sons became the first band in 15 years to play Forest Hills Stadium, coming through on their Full English tour. A Zac Brown Band concert -- set for June 21 -- is also scheduled for this summer.