The Star Tribune reports that the new downtown music venue The Brick has announced numerous renovations and relocated four sold-out shows.
The changes were announced in a statement by general manager Jeff Kehr on Tuesday. Among the changes are a reduction of sellable tickets, a new riser system to improve sightlines in the venue's upper level and a renovation of the entry area to reduce long lines.
To accommodate the renovations, which will be rolled out gradually over the next two months, the Brick also announced that sold out shows by Incubus, Marilyn Manson and Shinedown will be moved to St Paul venue The Myth and the June performance by the Shins has been relocated to the nearby Orpheum Theater.
The Brick has been licking its wounds after a disastrous sold-out opening show by Jane's Addiction. Fans took to Facebook and Twitter in a fury over long lines, overbearing security, poor sightlines, over crowding, and beer selection. The Pioneer Press reports that some fans even created a website, thebrickmnsucks.com, after the show. The public outcry caused the venue, which is owned by promotions giant AEG, to offer full refunds for the show.
Tony Wagner of the Minnesota Daily visited the venue in advance of its opening and late last week. In his initial assessment of the Brick, Wagner noted many of the problems that would end up infuriating Minneapolis concertgoers.