Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift

The swish of the net. The crack of the bat. The sound of the cannons firing.

Those have been the traditional sounds you used to hear at TD Garden, Fenway Park and Gillette Stadium when the Celtics, Bruins, Red Sox and Patriots were in town.

Those sounds have been augmented by the roar of the crowd, the wailing of the guitars and the pounding of the drums.

You might think that the roughly 160-200 home dates of Boston's four professional sports teams were enough to keep team owners happy. Yet, somewhere along the way, they decided to fill empty off-dates (not to mention entire off-seasons) with concert.

That's how you end up with U2 at TD Garden a few weeks ago. It's how you get Zac Brown Band for multiple nights at Fenway Park.

Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters
Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters
And it's how you get Jay-Z and Beyoncé at Gillette Stadium.

When the Red Sox first pitched the idea of hosting concerts at Fenway Park, the plan was to have one concert a year. There will be 10 concerts this summer at America's Most Beloved Ballpark.

And to think there was once was a time when the Patriots couldn't even play a home game on "Monday Night Football" due to neighboring traffic concerns. Ha! Those days are long over. There are more night events at Foxboro now than daytime events.

We're off next week as the Lowell Folk Festival invades the city of Lowell and everything in its path (Public-service announcement: Find the baklava sundae tent, order one or two, and enjoy), so this column will cover the next two weeks of shows.


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In just the next two weeks, here are all the shows coming to TD Garden, Fenway Park and Gillette Stadium.

TD Garden will host The Eagles on July 20-21, Panic! At the Disco on July 25, Arctic Monkeys on July 27, Radiohead on July 28-29, and Smashing Pumpkins on July 31.

If I had to pick one show to see, I'm most curious to see The Eagles and how they meld Deacon Frey (the late Glenn Frey's son) and Vince Gill into the core group of Don Henley, Joe Walsh and Timothy B. Schmit. Every report has said Gill's vocals are true to Glenn Frey and that Deacon's presence is a nice way of honoring his dad. Plus, the harmonies remain intact.

Fenway will host Foo Fighters on July 21-22, setting up the possibility of seeing The Eagles on Saturday night and Foo Fighters on Sunday night. There are endless reports that rock is dead, but Foo Fighters definitely run counter to that idea.

Gillette Stadium will again host Taylor Swift this summer, with three shows on July 26-28. She has become almost a regular here, and playing three shows in three nights is evidence that as much as she enjoys playing here, we like having her here.

Enjoy the Folk Festival, enjoy whatever concerts you see in the meantime, and we'll see you in two weeks!