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Chester Bennington, Linkin Park singer, dies by suicide at 41: Report

Chester Bennington and Linkin Park performed in at Steinbrenner Field in Tampa in 2014.

Luis Santana

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 …

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The Rocket Summer's Bryce Avary talks 'Do You Feel,' nostalgia, Fueled By Ramen and more

The Rocket Summer

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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. …

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Randy Newman coming to the Capitol Theatre in Clearwater

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. …

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SoundBytes: Brian Setzer Orchestra, Hundred Waters, Tim Allen, Sleeping With Sirens and more

Brain Setzer Orchestra

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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. …

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Ribfest 2017 lineup: ZZ Top, Charlie Daniels Band and more

ZZ Top

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ZZ Top

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 …

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Nas coming to Jannus Live in St. Petersburg

Anytime one of the greatest MCs alive announces he's coming to your town, it's a good way to start the week.

Nas is coming to Jannus Live in St. Petersburg on Sept. 21 for a long-overdue proper headlining concert. Tickets to see the Illmatic rapper are $43 and up and go on sale Friday. Click here for details.

While Nas twice performed in Tampa in 2015, those two shows come with an asterisk -- one was a truncated late-night appearance at Club Skye, the other was part of the ill-fated HIT (History in Tampa) Music Festival at the USF Sun Dome. Before that, you have to go back years to find a full Nas concert in Tampa.

This headlining show is a one-night-only detour from Nas's fall tour with Lauryn Hill, which hits Miami on Sept. 22 and Jacksonville on Sept. 23.For info on those shows, click here.

-- Jay Cridlin

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Review: New Kids on the Block bring old-school fantasies to life at Tampa's Amalie Arena

New Kids on the Block performed at Amalie Arena in Tampa on July 17, 2017.

Jay Cridlin

New Kids on the Block performed at Amalie Arena in Tampa on July 17, 2017.

There’s a lot to unpack at a New Kids on the Block concert: Flaming pianos, rapping cartoon cats, roses hurled with abandon, at least one Christmas carol crooned in falling July snow.

But you kind of have to start with Donnie Wahlberg’s denim romper.

What a garment this was, unveiled halfway through the New Kids’ concert Saturday at a sold-out Amalie Arena in Tampa, just in time for the sugar-sweet teenybopper jams Stop It Girl and Popsicle. Sleeveless and saggy, emblazoned with Kiss and AC/DC patches, it sent Donnie and the crowd 30 years back in the past, unleashing screams that had waited three decades to break free.

The outfit was a perfect representation of the Package Tour, NKOTB’s summer trek with Paula Abdul and Boyz II Men. It was silly but stylized, knowingly laughable yet worn with unabashed pride – and for Donnie and the New Kids, it fit like a glove. …

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Review: Sam Hunt spins conventional country on its head at Tampa's MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre

Sam Hunt performed on July 14, 2017 at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa.

Jay Cridlin

Sam Hunt performed on July 14, 2017 at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa.

Conventional wisdom says you wait a few songs before charging into the crowd like a bull in Pamplona. Give yourself and the crowd a little time to work up an appetite.

Of course, when you’re Sam Hunt, conventional wisdom goes out the window. The appetite was there before you even entered the building. You might as well dive on in.

So on the second song of his sold-out concert Friday at Tampa’s MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, the new-school country hunk jumped off stage, raced through the stands and sang House Party face to face with 19,500 delirious fans. And boy, did they dig it.

Hunt is the face and fantasy of Country 2.0, a helluva hardbody whose smoldering songs blend country, pop and R&B better than just about anyone. To win over the screaming hordes at his first Tampa concert in two years, and first local headlining show of this magnitude, all he had to do was show up.

“I want y’all to sing, dance, kick back and relax, do whatever makes you feel good,” he said. …

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Adrenaline Mob bassist killed in bus crash en route to concert in St. Petersburg

Adrenaline Mob was involved in a fatal bus accident on Interstate 75. Bassist David Zablidowsky, left, was killed.

Adrenaline Mob

Adrenaline Mob was involved in a fatal bus accident on Interstate 75. Bassist David Zablidowsky, left, was killed.

The bassist for New York metal band Adrenaline Mob was killed and other members and crew were injured when the group was involved in a major bus accident en route to a concert Friday in St. Petersburg.

David Zablidowsky, who also played for more than a dozen years in the Tampa-based Trans-Siberian Orchestra, died Friday afternoon when, according to the Gainesville Sun, a tractor trailer struck the band's RV and on Interstate 75 near Micanopy.

The band was pulled over to the shoulder of the interstate, police said, when the truck veered off the road and struck them. Nine people were involved in the crash, according to the Sun, including several band members.

Friends and former bandmates of Zablidowsky, known as David Z, confirmed the news on Twitter:

 

Crushed to have confirmed David Z of ZO2, @trans_siberian & @AdrenalineMob has died in today's accident. Friend, great guy & musician..

 

We are terribly saddened with the passing of our talented friend, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Adrenaline Mob and... https://t.co/qMdLxTqfdX

 

GOD BLESS DAVID "Z" ZABLIDOWSKY - Condolences & Prayers of STRENGTH & LIGHT To His FAMILY & Our ADRENALINE MOB BROTHERS - tBLSt SDMF pic.twitter.com/ghxrYjiPxW

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Jack Johnson coming to the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa

Jack Johnson is not about to let your summer end early.

The laid-back Hawaiian surfer-songwriter just dropped a new single, My Mind Is For Sale, from his forthcoming seventh studio album due Sept. 8. And he'll follow it with a rare trip to Florida, including a concert at Tampa's MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre on Oct. 4. 

Johnson, known for summery hits like Flake and Upside Down, first and last performed in Tampa in 2010, in a show that sold out in advance. So get your seats (or lawn blankets) early for this one.

Tickets to Johnson's Tampa show go on sale at 10 a.m. July 21. Bahamas will open the show. Click here for details.

-- Jay Cridlin

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Loretta Lynn cancels 2017 tour dates after stroke, including concert at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg

Loretta Lynn

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Loretta Lynn

The good news: Loretta Lynn is on the mend.

The bad news: It'll be a while before we see her again.

The 85-year-old country icon announced Tuesday that she is canceling all 2017 tour dates after suffering a stroke in May. That includes a Nov. 3 date at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg.

"Thank you so much for all of your prayers, love and support," Lynn wrote in a statement on her website. "I'm happy to say that I'm at home with my family and getting better by the day! My main focus now is making a full recovery so that I can get back to putting all of me into what I love, sharing my music with all of you."

Lynn had planned to release a new album, Wouldn't It Be Great, in August. That, too, has been postponed until 2018.

"I want to thank everyone for hanging in there with me," she wrote. "I am getting stronger every day and can't wait to get back out there with all of you. I'm just letting everybody know that Willie ain't dead yet and neither am I, and I can't wait to see all of you on the road!"

Refunds for Lynn's Mahaffey Theater concert are available at point of purchase. Click here for details.

-- Jay Cridlin

 

 

 

 

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Review: Roger Waters blasts Donald Trump during eye-popping concert at Tampa's Amalie Arena

Roger Waters performed at Tampa's Amalie Arena on July 11, 2017.

Lara Cerri

Roger Waters performed at Tampa's Amalie Arena on July 11, 2017.

Camera flashes popped as the bus-sized pig floated over the Amalie Arena crowd, splashed with Donald Trump’s yowling mug and phrases like “Welcome to the Machine – I Won” and “Piggy Bank of War.”

Subtle political commentary, this was not. Then again, subtle was never Roger Waters’ style.

The Pink Floyd mastermind’s worldview may be as grim and dystopian as ever, judging from his spectacular, effects-laden concert Tuesday night in Tampa. But if America truly is going to hell in a handbasket, as Waters seems to believe, at least he’s giving it a proper, stadium-style send-off.

Waters is more than happy to scream his progressive, anti-authoritarian politics from the rooftops on his Us + Them Tour, his first in 15 years that wasn’t built around a classic album like The Wall or The Dark Side of the Moon, and which he’s said might be his last big outing ever. His otherworldly 2-1/2-hour show was constructed and executed with liturgical passion and discipline, a feast for the eyes, ears and, depending on your tolerance for agitprop, mind and soul. …

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SoundBytes: Blackbear, Young Dolph, J. Roddy Walston and the Business and more

J. Roddy Walston and the Business

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J. Roddy Walston and the Business

-- Hirsute, soulful rock outfit J. Roddy Walston and the Business are coming back to Tampa, with a concert at Crowbar on Oct. 11. Tickets are $17. Click here.

-- Rapper Blackbear will open for Fall Out Boy at Amalie Arena on Nov. 5. Click here.

-- Speaking of openers, Young Dolph will open for 2 Chainz at Jannus Live on Sept. 15. Click here.

-- Mild High Club is coming to Crowbar on Oct. 17. Tickets are $10. Click here.

-- Wolves in the Throne Room will perform at Crowbar on Oct. 9. Pillorian will open. Tickets are $18 and up. Click here.

-- Jay Cridlin

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Review: Paul McCartney thrills Tampa's Amalie Arena with historic, hit-filled concert

Paul McCartney performed at Tampa's Amalie Arena on July 10, 2017.

Luis Santana

Paul McCartney performed at Tampa's Amalie Arena on July 10, 2017.

Paul McCartney no longer sprints.

When the 75-year-old icon hit the stage Monday at Tampa's Amalie Arena, waving and whooping and firing off enthusiastic double thumbs-ups, he ambled along in his relaxed Liverpudlian way, bouncing and bobbing and taking his time.

But when his band struck the iconic, Pavlovian opening twang of A Hard Day's Night, you half expected the nearly 17,000 screaming, smartphone-waving souls in the building to bum-rush the stage.

No matter that A Hard Day's Night premiered 53 years ago this week, and no one who saw it in the theater it is in much shape to go chasing the Cute One down a crowded city street. The Beatles are forever, and this show sold out the day it went on sale. And after nearly three hours, everyone lucky enough to score a seat got their money’s worth and more. …

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Chris Tucker and DL Hughley teaming up for Tampa show

Chris Tucker will perform in Tampa this fall.

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Chris Tucker will perform in Tampa this fall.

Chris Tucker has definitely slowed down the rate of his movie roles over the past few years, but he has a full slate of stand-up comedy performances coming up, including a big show in Tampa with comedian DL Hughley

Tucker and Hughley will hit the stage at Amalie Arena on Sept. 8, the arena announced today. Tickets, priced at $41.75 and $61.75, go on sale July 14 at 10 a.m. through Ticketmaster and the arena's box office.

Tucker, who starred in comedy classics such as Friday and the Rush Hour franchise made a much-heralded return to the stage in 2015 with the Netflix special Chris Tucker Live.

Most recently Tucker appeared in Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk (2016), and Silver Linings Playbook (2012). There's also the long-rumored fourth Rush Hour film, which as recently as March director Brett Rattner told Entertainment Weekly was still happening. 

Hughley is first and foremost a stand-up comedian, though his many forays into TV include his sitcom The Hughleys, a CNN talk show and a turn on Dancing With the Stars. His most recent comedy special, Clear, debuted on Showtime in 2014.

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