The race for tickets begins: Joni Mitchell will perform first headlining show in decades
Hank Williams Jr. had nothing to say about Saturday night’s show at the Fox Theater, but he’s all about this stuff. So much, in fact, that he plans to throw out the first pitch.
Williams and his band, The Wrecking Crew, will perform headlining concerts at two venues in Chicago: the Fox Theater on Saturday night (10 p.m. ET), followed by a return engagement at the Riviera Theatre in Hollywood on Saturday, May 22nd.
On one point neither actor is confused: they both want to throw out the first pitch.
Joni Mitchell will be at the Fox Theater
The Grammy-winning singer-songwriter will perform her latest album Pure Cone at the Fox. She’s a staple at Chicago venues, including The Riviera (home of Jimi Hendrix), The Rivoli and The Music Box Theater, three of the most iconic venues in her long musical career, and the last date during her set will be her last one at the Fox Theater.
The Wrecking Crew has performed at the Riviera Theatre a handful of times and will return with a new album, “The Wrecking Crew,” which will be released on June 2. The Wrecking Crew was formed in 2001 by singer Hank Williams Jr. and his longtime bandleader, guitarist David Grisman. The group has had 11 No. 1 hits, with six of those being hits on the U.S. Billboard country chart.
They played the Riviera in 2002 and 2003, when that venue only held 5,000 seats. They played at the Fox in 2007 and 2009, when the venue held 17,000.
If you haven’t heard of Joni Mitchell, now may be a great time to tune in to a live performance.
There are three main reasons for her performing at the Fox Theater on a Saturday night in May.
There’s the free parking downtown and close proximity to the Chicago River. “It’s very easy for the fans to get out of the parking lot and get into the theater if they want to do that,” said Fox Theater general manager Paul Chalfin. “We’ve got some free parking on Michigan Avenue, but we also have our own parking on the street.”
There’s also the chance to hear a legend. “She’s very cool about talking to the audiences,”