Legendary groups Styx and Boyz II Men will perform following selected home games this year at PNC Park as part of the Pirates' popular "Skyblast" series, which encompasses a live concert and postgame fireworks.
"We are delighted to once again offer our fans four exciting postgame concerts in 2012, and feel that this year's musical lineup is our strongest yet," said Pirates executive vice president and chief marketing officer Lou DePaoli.
"As we have seen in the past, our fans appreciate the value of bringing their family, friends, and co-workers to PNC Park on a Saturday to catch a Pirates game, followed by a postgame show for only the price of a Pirates game ticket. We are already seeing very strong demand for these games and expect them all to be sellouts as they have been in previous seasons."
Here are the details of each concert date:
Aug. 11: The rock band Styx, which released four consecutive multi-platinum-selling albums and is best known for hit songs such as "Renegade," "Lady," "Come Sail Away" and "Too Much Time on My Hands," among others, will perform following a 7:05 p.m. ET game against the Padres.
Sept. 29: The rock band Lifehouse will perform after the Pirates battle the Reds at 7:05 p.m. With combined album sales of more than 5 million, Lifehouse produced No. 1 hits "Hanging By a Moment" and "You and Me," as well as other hit singles "First Time," "Whatever It Takes," "All In" and "Broken."
In addition, the Pirates have expanded the popular "FAN JAM" postgame concert series to two shows in 2012.
The dates and performers are as follows:
June 9: With more than 60 million albums sold worldwide, Boyz II Men is the most successful R&B group of all time. It will perform following a 7:15 p.m. game against the Royals. The group, originally from Philadelphia, has also won four Grammy Awards and was nominated for two more in 2009, and also hold the Nos. 1, 3 and 4 spots for three of the longest running singles in music history with "One Sweet Day," "I'll Make Love to You" and "End of the Road," which earned them the honor of being Billboard Magazine's most successful musical group of the 1990s.
July 7: Rock band Daughtry will perform following the Pirates' 4:05 p.m. matchup against the Giants. Daughtry was formed and fronted by American Idol season 5 finalist Chris Daughtry and had its self-titled debut album reach No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 and featured hit songs "It's Not Over" and "Home."
Individual game tickets are on sale at pirates.com, at the PNC Park main box office or by calling 1-877-893-2827.
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