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They're reliable festival headliners, and they're about to embark on a North American arena tour.
And in January, the Killers are playing a relatively intimate venue a short drive away.
The Las Vegas synth-rockers will play Orlando's Hard Rock Live on Jan. 24, according to their website. Ticket details have not yet been fleshed out, though the venue says there will be a public on-sale on Aug. 11. Click here for details.
The band on Thursday unveiled details about their fifth studio album Wonderful Wonderful, due in September. It'll feature the swaggering lead single The Man and just-released follow-up Run for Cover, as well as a song called Tyson vs. Douglas. Intriguing, no?
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-- Judah and the Lion really, really want you guys to come see them, and they're not giving up until you do. After playing 97X Next Big thing in December, opening for Twenty One Pilots in February and playing with Incubus and Jimmy Eat World in July, the Take It All Back 2.0 indie rockers will bring a headlining tour to the State Theatre on Oct. 11. Tickets are $22 and up. Click here.
-- Borgore is returning to Tampa on Nov. 17 at the Ritz Ybor. Click here.
-- Sludge-grungers Puddle of Mudd will headline the inaugural Lakeland Rocktoberfest, coming Oct. 21 to Mason's Live in Lakeland. The rest of the lineup has yet to be announced. Tickets are $25 and up. Click here.
-- Magician Michael Carbonaro is coming to the Mahaffey Theater on Dec. 17. Tickets are $29. Click here.
-- Row Jomah is playing New World Brewery on Aug. 25, alongside the Tattered Saints and Donna Lu. Ticktes are $5. Click here.
-- The Mahaffey Theater has pushed back the date of its La La Land orchestral concert from Aug. 18 to Nov. 12 due to a change in the tour's schedule. Tickets purchased for the original date are still good for the new one; otherwise they're $45 and up. Click here. …Full Story
Days after sharing the stage with his old Foreigner bandmates for the first time in 37 years, Mick Jones already sounded a bit wistful.
“It was a great moment,” Jones said by phone on a day off tour from his home in New York. “We’ve been talking about it for a while, trying to figure it out. I thought it would be nice to celebrate the 40th anniversary with something special like that, and we were able to pull it together.”
Indeed, Foreigner’s July 20 performance with original singer Lou Gramm, keyboardist Alan Greenwood and guitarist Ian McDonald was something fans have been looking forward to for ages. For Jones, the group’s lead guitarist, mastermind and sole founding member since its inception in 1977, the possibility of even a partial reunion was always in the cards for Foreigner’s 40th anniversary tour, which hits Tampa’s MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre on Wednesday.
“It’s just way above our expectations,” he said of the tour. “People have been flocking to the shows, and playing to a tremendous amount of people — it was looking good, but not quite this good. It’s really great to be playing mostly sellouts where we’re appearing. It feels like the old days a bit.” …Full Story
Boyd Tinsley performed with Dave Matthews Band at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa in 2016.
It’s time for Boyd Tinsley’s annual trip to Tampa. Only this year, for the first time since 2011 — and only the third since 1998 — he won’t be coming with the Dave Matthews Band.
The group’s decision to spend Summer 2017 off the road enabled Tinsley, the group’s violinist, to tour with with Crystal Garden, a jam-rock group playing the Attic in Ybor City on Thursday and Friday. That’s exactly one year since DMB’s last concert in Tampa, and around the same time they play here every year.
“We were just looking for a routing that made sense for the tour that these guys were on, and it just happened to line up like that,” Tinsley said.
But he knows DMB fans will be out in force, taping and twirling and noodling along, just as they are every July.
“Part of it is just yearly tradition,” he said. “A lot of the Florida shows are really big shows; a lot of people travel from all over the country to go to those shows. So they’re a pretty big deal.” …Full Story
Eric Ray Davidson
Ten years after their first single, Lady Antebellum is still one of modern country's most successful crossover acts, thanks to inescapable mega-ballads Need You Now and I Run to You. All six of their studio albums have reached Billboard's Top 5, including the new Heart Break. And they're in the middle of a huge global tour that hits Tampa's MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre on Friday.
This tour, which will take Lady A as far afield as South Africa, is a complete about-face from 2016, which co-lead singers Charles Kelley and Hillary Scott and guitarist Dave Haywood spent mostly off the road. Kelley and Scott released solo albums, but all three members have young children, and needed to recharge their collective batteries.
"It was the perfect time to give ourselves a little break and push the reset button a little bit," Kelley said in a phone interview. "And an artistic break. For the past 10 years, it's just been constant — creating music, going out on tour, going right back in and creating music. It was nice to give ourselves some time to live some life and find something to write about."
Click here for more with Lady Antebellum's Charles Kelley.Full Story
-- Double the Wainwrights, double the fun! Singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright is coming to Clearwater for a Valentine's Day performance at the Capitol Theatre. Tickets are $35 and up. Click here. And not to be outdone, Rufus's dad Loudon Wainwright III is also coming to Clearwater, for a show at Ruth Eckerd Hall's intimate Murray Studio Theatre on March 29. Tickets are $39.50 and up. Click here.
-- The Zombies are coming back to Clearwater one last time to perform their classic album Odessey and Oracle, featuring the hit Time of the Season. The show will take place Jan. 11 at the Capitol Theatre; tickets are $49.50 and up. Click here.
-- The lineup for this year's Et Cultura festival in St. Petersburg is still in the works, but this looks promising: Buzzworthy indie rockers Waxahatchee have announced they're playing the fest on Nov. 17. No venue or details yet, but click here for tour dates.
-- Death metal heroes Cannibal Corpse are coming to the Orpheum on Dec. 8. Click here.
-- Hollywood Undead and Butcher Babies are coming to the State Theatre on Oct. 5. Click here. …Full Story
Linkin Park's Chester Bennington
This news is not a surprise, but it is now official: Linkin Park has canceled their upcoming North American tour following this week's death of singer Chester Bennington.
Bennington died by suicide Thursday in Los Angeles, about a week before Linkin Park was scheduled to begin their One More Light North American tour, which was to include an Aug. 19 stop at Tampa's MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre. That show, and all others, has been canceled. Ticketholders will be refunded automatically, or at point of purchase. Click here for details.
RELATED: Linkin Park's Chester Bennington had a wail that stood apart
Bennington did leave Tampa Bay with plenty of memories over the years, both with Linkin Park and Stone Temple Pilots. Click here for a gallery of photos of Linkin Park's performances in Tampa over the years, as well as links to some past concert reviews.
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-- For the third straight year, Modest Mouse is coming to Central Florida. The Portland indie rockers will play Hard Rock Live on Sept. 8. Click here.
-- Who let the dogs out? We'll find out when the Baha Men -- yes, the Baha Men! -- come to the Summer of Rum Festival on Sept. 2 at Curtis Hixon Park. They've been added as openers for previously announced headliner Shaggy. Click here for details.
-- Guitar great Zakk Wylde (Ozzy Osbourne, Black Label Society) is hitting the road with his Black Sabbath cover project Zakk Sabbath, featuring Rob "Blasko" Nicholson (Osbourne, Rob Zombie) and Joey Castillo (Danzig, Queens of the Stone Age). Tickets are $26. Click here.
-- Superjoint and DevilDriver are coming to the State Theatre on Oct. 19. Tickets are $28 and up. Click here.
-- Lords of Acid are bringing their "Sextreme Ball 2017" tour to the State Theatre on Oct. 20, alongside Combichrist and Christian Death. Tickets are $27.50. Click here.
-- New Order and Joy Division bassist Peter Hook is heading back on tour with his band the Light in 2018, and he'll perform at the State Theatre on June 4, 2018. Tickets are $26.50 and up. Click here. …Full Story
A Day to Remember played 98 Rockfest in Tampa in April.
Now that A Day to Remember are big enough to lead their own festival, they're wasting no time packing it with their fellow Floridians.
The Ocala-born metalcore act has unveiled the lineup for the Orlando edition of their inaugural Self Help Festival, which takes place Sept. 30 at the Central Florida Fairgrounds.
Tampa Bay's own Underoath and Gainesville's Less Than Jake will join ADTR at Self Help Fest, along with Streetlight Manifesto, Moose Blood, Real Friends, Dance Gavin Dance, Wage War and more.
This is the second of ADTR's four Self Help Fests. Underoath and Falling In Reverse will join them on Sept. 10 in Philadelphia; and Rise Against, Pierce the Veil, Of Mice and Men and Underoath will join them in Detroit on Oct. 7. The lineup for a March 3 event in San Bernardino, Calif., has not yet been announced.
General admisson tickets to Orlando's Self Help Fest are $40 this weekend only, and will rise on July 24. VIP passes start at $199. Click here for all the details.
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Kehlani performed at the Orpheum in Tampa on July 20, 2017.
R&B singer Kehlani had to postpone a spring show in Tampa due to illness, but it seemed she was no worse for the wear on Thursday, when her make-up show sold out the Orpheum well in advance. Ella Mai and Jahkoy opened the show. Aubrey Wipfli was there snapping photos; click the headline of this post for a slideshow.Full Story
Chester Bennington and Linkin Park performed in at Steinbrenner Field in Tampa in 2014.
Chester Bennington, the flame-throated singer of enormosly popular metal band Linkin Park, has died from suicide at age 41.
According to TMZ, Bennington was found hanged at a private residence in Los Angeles Thursday morning. The singer, who has battled drug and alcohol issues throughout his career, was friends with Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell, who died of suicide by hanging in May; Bennington performed Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah at Cornell's funeral.
Linkin Park was scheduled to perform at Tampa's MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre on Aug. 19. Their One More Light world tour was to begin next week.
For more on the death of a rock singer with wail few could match, click here.
Bennington and Linkin Park performed in Tampa many times over the years; click the headline of this post for a slideshow of photos from past concerts. Here are more memories:
FROM 2011: Linkin Park's Mike Shinoda and Chester Bennington talk touring, technology and 'A Thousand Suns'
FROM 2011: Review/photos/setlist: Linkin Park experiments with new sounds at St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa
From 2013: Stone Temple Pilots with Chester Bennington perform at 97X Next Big Thing in St. Petersburg …Full Story
The Rocket Summer
Not long ago, Bryce Avary was flipping channels and noticed that MTV Live was playing an old special from Glastonbury 2008.
“We played Glastonbury 2008,” said the singer and songwriter of the pop-punk band the Rocket Summer. “We played that festival on the record Do You Feel, that cycle. It is kind of a trip, because in a way, it doesn’t really seem like that long ago. But in another way, it’s like, Well, it was 10 years ago...”
That, it seems, is long enough for a celebration. The Rocket Summer is hitting the road this summer for a 10-year anniversary tour of their breakthrough record Do You Feel, stopping by Crowbar in Ybor City on Wednesday (click here for details).
There has been, in the past year or so, a surge of nostalgia and popularity for the pop-punk and emo of the mid-2000s, for bands like Paramore, Panic! at the Disco and Dashboard Confessional. The Rocket Summer fit squarely into that world, touring with several of these artists and pulling multiple stints on the Warped Tour. They’ve never stopped making music — just this month, they released a new single, Gone Too Long — but to Avary, the time felt right to pay homage to an album that his fans still love deeply. …Full Story
With all the hubbub over the weekend about Disney developing an immersive Toy Story theme park in Florida, there's no better time to celebrate the fact that Randy Newman is coming here, too.
The legendary Oscar-, Grammy- and Emmy-winning singer-songwriter is coming back to the Capitol Theatre in Clearwater on Nov. 19, his first local show since 2014. Tickets are $39.25 and up. Every ticket purchased includes a physical or digital copy of his forthcoming album Dark Matter, due in August.
That last sold-out show in Clearwater showed a funny, insightful and poignant Newman "alone at a baby grand, showing his sweet side (Feels Like Home), his Disney-Pixar side (You've Got a Friend in Me), his scathing side (Sail Away), a cadence that kept the capacity crowd off-balance but captivated," the Times' Sean Daly wrote in his review. …Full Story
Brain Setzer Orchestra
-- It might be hard to get too excited about a holiday show, but not every holiday show features the Brian Setzer Orchestra. The retro rockabilly and his band put on one of the most popular Christmas tours every season, and it's one the folks at Ruth Eckerd Hall have been trying to book for years. Finally, they'll get their wish, as Setzer's 14th annual holiday tour will hit Ruth Eckerd Hall on Nov. 28. Tickets are $52.75 and up, and they'll probably sell out. Click here for details.
-- Alt-hardcore outfit Sleeping With Sirens have announced an intimate tour in support of their forthcoming album Gossip, and it's stopping at the Orpheum on Sept. 22. Tickets are $22 and up. Click here.
-- Hotly tipped Gainesville indie rock outfit Hundred Waters is coming to Crowbar on Aug. 24. Tickets are $13 and up. Click here.
-- Tim Allen is the latest big-name comic to book a show at Ruth Eckerd Hall, with a gig lined up there on Nov. 16. Tickets are $45 and up. Click here. …Full Story
Exactly how hard is it to get barbecue sauce out of a chest-length beard?
We don't know, and frankly, we don't want to know. But we might find out when the sharp-dressed men of ZZ Top come to St. Petersburg in November to headline Ribfest 2017.
The Texas rockers lead the first wave of acts for this year's Ribfest lineup, coming Nov. 10-12 to Vinoy Park in St. Petersburg. Joining them are a handful of other classic rock and pop outfits -- Styx singer Dennis DeYoung, Orleans and Ambrosia -- and country heavy hitters the Charlie Daniels Band. (Country singer Trace Adkins was initially announced as part of the lineup, but has since been removed from Ribfest's website; festival officials now say it's unclear if he'll be here.) More acts will be added in the coming weeks.
Tickets to Ribfest, one of the largest annual music events in Tampa Bay, go on sale Oct. 5. And with ZZ Top at the top, they'll probably go fast. The group is nearly 50 years into a singular career, and their rowdy, raucous riffs are a perfect fit for the St. Pete festival.
The lineup so far:
Friday, Nov. 10: ZZ Top
Saturday, Nov. 11: Dennis DeYoung of Styx, Orleans, Ambrosia
Sunday, Nov. 12: Charlie Daniels Band …Full Story