Music News: Minnesota Twins announce second annual Prince Night, new merch


The scoreboard during Prince Night at Target Field, April 2017.
The scoreboard during Prince Night at Target Field, April 2017. (Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

Last spring, the Minnesota Twins held a Prince Night at Target Field, with Purple Rain umbrella giveaways and other royal flourishes. This season, the team have announced, Prince Night will return — and what's more, the Twins have reached a deal to sell cobranded Prince merchandise year-round.

The second annual Prince Night will take place on June 8, as the Twins take on the Los Angeles Angels at Target Field. Each of the first 10,000 fans to enter the ballpark will get an inflatable Prince guitar, with purple ball caps for those who buy special Prince Night ticket packages.

The new Prince-Twins merchandise will be available for sale starting with the home opener on April 5. The Star Tribune reports that the merch will include hats, shirts, and balls — and that an ongoing deal for co-branded musical merch is thought to be a first-ever for Major League Baseball.

Vinyl audiobooks to feature Jerry Garcia, Steve Jones, Lin-Manuel Miranda

With the vinyl boom continuing and a simultaneous audiobook boom taking place, it was only natural that there would be a boom in vinyl audiobooks. Hachette Audio and Wax Audio Group have announced a series of vinyl audiobooks expected to hit stores this year. Among the titles are Hamilton: The Revolution, with co-author Lin-Manuel Miranda as one of the readers; a Jerry Garcia interview compilation with Garcia as a featured speaker; and an excerpt from the recent memoir by Steve Jones of the Sex Pistols. (Billboard)

Buy one ticket, get a whole tour

Metallica are selling golden tickets that will allow fans to attend every single one of the 34 shows on their upcoming tour — including the Sept. 4 performance at Target Center in Minneapolis. Only 250 "Wherever I May Roam Black Tickets" will be sold, at $598. That comes to $17.59 a show if you make it to every one, but of course car and hotel expenses are on you. The tickets go on sale along with the rest of the tour this coming Friday, March 2. (Billboard)

Led Zep to celebrate 50th anniversary by dropping unreleased music on Record Store Day

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Led Zeppelin as a band, and as part of the celebrations, two previously unreleased mixes will be released on Record Store Day as opposite sides of a 7". As Pitchfork notes, "The single — which is pressed on yellow vinyl — features the 'Sunset Sound Mix' of 'Rock and Roll' and the 'Olympic Studios Mix' of 'Friends.'" This year's Record Store Day takes place April 21.

"Weird Al" sets the bar low with new concert tee

"Weird Al" Yankovic is kicking off his "Ridiculously Self-Indulgent, Ill-Advised Vanity Tour" this week. At merch tables, he'll be selling shirts that up the self-deprecating ante. Minnesota fans can pick them up on April 2 at the Mayo Civic Center Presentation Hall in Rochester, or on April 3 and 4 at the Pantages Theatre in Minneapolis. (Pitchfork)

First show is tonight. Here’s the back of our official tour T-shirt.

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