A busy day for concert updates!
First up, hometown heroes Wilco have added a second show on Oct. 19 at the UIC Pavilion after the Oct. 18 gig sold out. Tickets are on sale now for $39.50, reserved or main floor general admission, via the Pavilion box office or via www.ticketmaster.com or (312) 559-1212. (My two cents: I wish these gigs were at the Chicago or Auditorium theaters, which sound vastly superior to the boomy college basketball arena.)
Next up, following his impressive shows here a few months back, singer and songwriter Leonard Cohen is adding what's being billed as a "third and final Chicago show" at the Rosemont Theatre on Oct. 29. Tickets go on sale Monday, Aug. 3, at 10 a.m. at the box office in Rosemont or through Ticketmaster. (No ticket prices listed as yet by promoters AEG Live.)
Finally, word's come down from promoters Jam Productions that the return visit by Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band on Sept. 20 at the United Center will vary from the rest of the 2009 "Workin' On a Dream" tour by featuring a performance in its entirety of the Boss's classic 1975 album "Born to Run." Tickets for that show go on sale Saturday, Aug. 1, at the United Center box office and through Ticketmaster, with prices ranging from $65 to $98.
UPDATE: Also dipping into the back catalog to perform one of their most-loved albums in its entirety: the Pixies, who've announced that they'll be playing the 1989 album "Doolittle" at the Aragon on Nov. 20 and 21. Tickets for the Aragon shows will go on sale Saturday, Sept. 12, through Ticketmaster; no word as yet on pricing.
Oh, and in one more bit of concert news: The Allstate Arena has just been named second in ticket sales in the U.S. for the first half of 2009, according to the concert industry trade magazine Pollstar, trailing only Philips Arena in Atlanta, GA.