Over the weekend in Clearwater, Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Robin Zander, lead singer of one of America’s greatest rock bands, Cheap Trick, stepped on stage for the first time in six months! He played three sold-out acoustic shows with his singer/songwriter son, Robin Taylor Zander. He came geared
It’s been 15 years since Brian Setzer and his orchestra started bringing his rockin’ Christmas show to audiences during the holiday tour season. It is one of the most popular Christmas shows around the country. A fun, upbeat time where fans dress up in their yuletide best which means everything from lights, to tinsel and crazy Christmas sweaters! There were many of those at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater on Wednesday night!
Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Evening (JBLZE) kicked off their winter tour in his home state of Florida. Clearwater’s Ruth Eckerd Hall was the second stop of the tour and the anniversary of the release of Led Zeppelin IV in 1971! Bonham, who lives in Delray Beach commented on living in Florida, “Just on the other side”, he said. When he’s not touring with his tribute to his father, Jason is behind the kit with Sammy Hagar in “The Circle”. Opening the show with a multimedia video presentation of his father, the band then hit the stage opening with the triple header of “Rock & Roll”, “Celebration Day” and “Black Dog’. Lighting and graphics were great and included a Zeppelin flying around.
Foreigner’s show on Sunday night was sold out to the brim at Ruth Eckerd. It was a special night for rock fans as they were treated to a special show with the Dave Eggar Orchestra and the Lakewood Ranch High School Chorus joining for the finale! Lead singer Kelly Hansen made the introductions and said that this is a limited orchestra concert series with only 8 shows. Clearwater was in for a treat!
What a year of music in 2017 around the Suncoast and Tampa Bay and it covers a lot of ground, from Spring Hill to Clearwater, St. Pete to Sarasota and every town in between. Music is everywhere from the clubs to the arenas and we are lucky to have some of the best musicians who live on the west coast of Florida. It’s tough to pick a few to acknowledge but I will do my best to list the notables of the year that came our way. Starting with some of the biggest arena and stadium tours:
That Stray Cat Brian Setzer has been bringing his sold-out Christmas show around the country for the last 14 holiday seasons! A 16-piece orchestra along with background singers, they give the audience a modern-day variety show with a 50’s feel. In the holiday season of traditional shows, Setzer fills a niche for the rock and roll Christmas show with some traditional touches. The Ruth Eckerd Hall stage was decorated with lighted trees, snowmen and a life-size Santa Claus. You know walking into the theatre that this is gonna be a fun evening!
Within days of each other, two rock greats who both played at Woodstock on the same day, August 16, 1969, made appearances in the bay area! First on Friday night at the Amalie Arena was guitar legend, Carlos Santana and his band! Santana is #20 on Rolling Stones 100 Greatest Guitarists list. 70 year-old Santana has won 10 Grammys and 3 Latin Grammys with his blend of Latin rock fusion sound.