Baseball coach accuses AC/DC of ‘totally messing up’ pitch after band’s gig at Chicago stadium

Australian band played a sold-out concert at Chicago's Wrigley Field last week

The coach of the Chicago Cubs baseball team has criticised the state of the pitch at the team’s Wrigley Field stadium after AC/DC played a concert there last week (September 15).

Chicago Cubs beat Milwaukee Brewers 9-5 on Monday (September 21), with coach Joe Maddon later accusing AC/DC of “totally messing up” the pitch during their gig.

“Since the AC/DC concert, we’ve had a little bit of trouble,” Maddon told The Chicago Tribune. “I don’t know if they were out there taking ground balls before the game, or if they had nine-inch heels or spikes.”

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“They totally messed up the infield, and it has nothing to do with the groundskeepers. I’ve seen a bad hop at third, and a bad hop at second. I didn’t see one bad hop all year. We just got to get it ironed out.”

AC/DC’s sold-out gig at Wrigley Field also drew over 15 noise complaints from residents near the stadium, according to the newspaper.

Blabbermouth reported that the band’s performance lasted from 8-10pm, one hour before the stadium’s curfew of 11pm, but that three of the set’s songs included pyrotechnics.

There was also significant noise from helicopters above the stadium shooting aerial shots for a live DVD.