Badlands Motor Speedway Hosts First Ever Concert Friday

Brennan: 'Hairball is arguably the biggest and most popular band in the entire Midwest.'

Rock will take the place of racecars Friday night. Badlands Motor Speedway in Brandon is hosting its first ever concert. Fans will hear the music of Van Halen, KISS, Motley Crue, and Aerosmith, in what will be Hairball‘s biggest show in 15 years.

Badlands Motor Speedway CEO Chuck Brennan said, “The excitement’s been great, ticket sales have been awesome.”

The renovation has taken ten months to complete… new suites, bathrooms, bleachers, and food venues; a recreation of what race fans have known in Brandon for the last 60 years. And on Friday, the speedway will have transformed once again.

Brennan said, “We raced on Sunday, Saturday and Sunday, and we started this setup right away on Monday.”

Semis full of equipment have invaded the infield. In a matter of four days, a crew of about 50 people will have set the stage, for Badlands Motor Speedway’s first-ever concert.

“We brought all the restrooms down here, the food, the bars, everything is down on infield,” said Brennan.

Brennan went as far as rolling out AstroTurf, something he purchased from USF when they got a new field.

Brennan said, “This is the first time we’ve set it up so as you can see it’s nice and cushy that the people have instead of standing out… on the concrete.”

While people will have cushion under their feet, there’s going to be nothing soft about the show.

“Hairball is arguably the biggest and most popular band in the entire Midwest. More pyro, you have fireworks,” said Brennan.

It won’t just be Hairball lighting up the stage. Rob Halford from Judas Priest and Vince Neil with Motley Crew will join the band.

“We have two surprise artists coming that are absolutely huge, that have sold millions of records and people are going to be blown away when they come out,” Brennan said.

But as fast as the show goes up, it must come down even faster. They have to start watering the track at 9 a.m. on Saturday.

Brennan said, “It’ll take about a 100 people 12 hours to tear it all down and get it ready for racing.”

If you’re planning on going to the concert, there is a $10 fee to park so carpooling is recommended. General admission tickets are still. Those are $35 whether you purchase them early or at the Badlands Speedway door. Parking opens to concert goers at 5 p.m. Friday night, gates to the venue at 7 p.m. The show starts at 7:30.