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More acts for Fenway’s ‘Bleacher Theater’?

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein
Globe Staff / September 23, 2011

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The success of the two Dropkick Murphys concerts at Fenway means we could see more such shows in the future. We’re told the Red Sox are exploring the possibility of putting on a series of smaller-scale concerts at the ballpark when the team is on the road. The shows, which would be in addition to the Bruce Springsteen-size extravaganzas the ballpark hosts each summer, would feature acts too popular to play the Bank of America Pavilion (capacity 5,200) but not big enough to fill the Comcast Center (capacity 19,900). The Dropkicks (and opening act the Mighty Mighty Bosstones) played to 8,000 people each night, none of whom set foot on the field. The stage was set up in the bullpen, and the (mostly well-behaved) crowd was restricted to the bleachers. Sox officials won’t comment on their plans, but spokeswoman Susan Goodenow did acknowledge “the feedback we got was overwhelmingly positive, and the crowd really liked the ‘Bleacher Theater’ setup.’’ And, let’s face it, it makes perfect sense. When you’re paying millions of dollars to such underperforming players as J.D. Drew, John Lackey, and Carl Crawford, you need to wring as much money out of the ballpark as possible.