"You wanted the best, you got the best, The hottest band in the world!"
And KISS certainly brought out its best for the Army of fans last night (Wed., July 23) who showed up to see them at the MidFlorida Credit Amphitheatre. Descending from the sky, upon a spider shaped platform amid smoke, fire and pyrotechnic glory: Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer gave the crowd a hard rockin' show.
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Katy Perry returned to Tampa last night (Mon., June 30), bringing her "Prismatic World Tour" to Tampa Bay Times Forum behind last year's Prism, and with supporting acts Ferras and Capital Cities warming the stage before the pop songstress made her grand entrance.
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Less than a year after their last Tampa Bay stop, of Montreal's psychedelic stage returned to town, this time stopping by State Theatre in St. Petersburg. [More after the jump.]
Despite the threat of torrential downpour constantly looming overhead, Saturday at Big Guava proved that Tampa maybe, just maybe, can hang as a go-to city for a big name music fest. Ponchos out in full force and music emanating from four wildly different stages, the day progressed untroubled as big name acts like Haim, Tegan and Sara, and Vampire Weekend brought an easygoing vibe pleasant enough to make you want to extend a middle finger to the dark sky when all was said and done.
It all began with Bear Hands, a Brooklyn four-piece playing the small Orchard Stage for an early afternoon set. Their brand of indie pop is seemingly average, but just weird and varied enough to keep the interest of the 100 or so watching. Tracks from their latest Distraction and Burning Bush Supper Club sounded laser precise and irrefutably catchy, but these guys looked so disinterested, I wanted to jump the barrier and violently shake each one of them, yelling “You’re getting paid to play music! Next to carnival rides! Get it together!” But I didn't, instead walking to the amphitheater to catch Haim.Whatever barbiturates were in Bear Hands’ Heinekens surely didn’t make their way to Haim’s. The California sisters-led outfit is easily one of the most buzzed-about acts on the bill, and they wasted no time proving their worth to the fervent crowd packed inside the amphitheater. Touting a combined weight of, like, 200 pounds, these three sounded triumphant and carefree as they moved through a malformed and all the more enjoyable set of electro-tinged pop and golden era rock.
A look back in photos at the concert featuring Latin blues rock heavyweight vets Santana on Tues., April 29 at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater.
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The scene is a mass chaos. Thousands of fans wait for the venue doors to open; the very first soul in line started her Lana vigil at 6 a.m.!
As I stand near the entrance waiting for my escort into the show, I witness confusion in the waiting crowd regarding Hard Rock’s new ticketless system, where you get in via the credit card used to purchase tickets to the show. Some frustrated fans — who'd purchased their tickets this past fall and were involved in the recent Target ordeal — arrived with new credit cards that didn’t match their ticket purchases and are forced to wait in the box-office line for resolution. But all the ticketing chaos, budding spring heat, or hours waiting in line doesn't appear to dampen the spirits of the waiting fans, and when the doors open around 7 p.m., the general admission crowd rushes in and straight to the front of the stage.
Bad Veins seem to love Tampa almost as much as Tampa loves them. Unfortunately, shows that fall on holidays (in this case an official one — Easter — and an unofficial one — 4/20) can make for spotty attendance, and the turn-out for their Crowbar date was far less than it likely would've been at any other Sunday evening show.
From the moment she spit into the air and let it fall onto her face, until she blew out the smoke from her last on-stage cigarette that taunted the audience in the smoke-free venue, Maja Ivarsson and her fellow Swedes captivated St. Petersburg.