REVIEW: Basked in blues, Steve Miller rocks Germain
Published 10/07/2011 at 3:14 p.m.
To a backdrop of a spiral infinity of guitars, legendary blues-rock musician Steve Miller liberated his masterful guitar licks and affecting lyrics at Germain Arena on Thursday night. From the opening “Jet Airliner” to the closing “The Joker,” Miller took ...
Review: On giant stage, U2 elevates Miami — and beyond
Published 07/01/2011 at 9:43 a.m.
On the largest stage in concert history, a band with one of the smallest names captivated an ecstatic Miami crowd in the massive Sun Life Stadium on Wednesday night. It was an experience most had waited more than a year ...
Review: Fans get closer to Keith Urban
Published 06/20/2011 at 2:52 p.m.
For his new tour that launched last week, country star Keith Urban, known for his exceptional live shows, got rid of the barriers. His stage is a departure from the norm: a rounded front edge with a ramped descent to ...
Review: Katy Perry brings Candy Land to life, refers to Fort Myers
Published 06/13/2011 at 11:54 a.m.
Cute ’n kooky pop songstress Katy Perry is out to satiate the summertime sweet tooth. She launched the North American leg of her California Dreams 2011 Tour in Atlanta last week, bringing it next to Florida for three shows in ...
Country bash a high-spirited Sunday show
Published 05/16/2011 at 3:24 p.m.
Following some dicey weekend weather, the Third Annual Lakeside Country Bash at Lakes Park in Fort Myers went off without a hitch on Sunday. In fact, the weather was picture-perfect and breezy for the nearly 5,000 in attendance.
Country charmer Miranda Lambert performs in Fort Myers April 14
Published 04/07/2011 at 11:49 a.m.
The last time Miranda Lambert came to Southwest Florida, she played at a country bar in Fort Myers. Now she’s coming back — only at a much bigger venue, Germain Arena. Lambert is headline for her own tour this time ...
Band X: Local bands battle to make the stage at Live X '11
Published 03/24/2011 at 5:08 p.m.
One homegrown rock band will open this year’s Live X ’11 concert and share the stage with four national recording artists.
Cheeseburger in Paris: Buffett tackles the City of Lights
Published 12/08/2010 at 5:17 p.m.
Largely made up of Americans and ex-pats living abroad, a festive crowd of approximately 2,000 packed the beautiful, Philharmonic Center-sized L’Olympia Bruno Coquatrix (Olympia Hall), the oldest music hall in Paris, on Sept. 24. It was a pilgrimage for the ...
- Roger Waters builds, destroys 'The Wall' Published 11/17/2010 at 4:58 p.m.
Review: Eagles make virtuosity seem effortless
Published 10/29/2010 at 6:53 p.m.
The iconic rock band that smoothly blends a country vibe and a dash of cool has been back together longer than they were apart.
PHOTOS/POLL: Aerosmith still amazes live
Published 08/11/2010 at 4:28 p.m.
Back in 1983, I saw Aerosmith and it remains the worst concert of my life. Guitarists Joe Perry and Brad Whitford had ditched the group. Singer Steven Tyler was a mess. It was but one valley in the band’s decorated ...
PHOTOS: Justin Bieber fever in Sunrise
Published 08/06/2010 at 12:16 p.m.
Teen pop heartthrob and YouTube phenom Justin Bieber incited a shriek-fest at BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise Thursday night. A capacity crowd of more than 16,000 tweens, teens and darling parents were the latest to succumb to Bieber fever: Primary symptoms ...
VIDEO/PHOTOS: Rock madness reigns at Germain
Published 07/22/2010 at 5:52 p.m.
The Carnival of Madness tour, featuring five top bands, rocked Germain Arena ’til the building reverberated this past Wednesday. Of the estimated 4,500 concertgoers, the one looking forward to this show, perhaps more than anyone else there, was Army Specialist ...
Madly musical: Shinedown, Sevendust lead five-band explosion at Germain next Wednesday
Published 07/15/2010 at 5:05 p.m.
Germain Arena will convert from ice rink to funhouse next Wednesday when rock powerhouse Shinedown returns as headliner of the “Carnival of Madness” tour. Also performing are four veteran bands who have rocked local stages; 10 Years, Puddle of Mudd, ...
PHOTOS: Sting and orchestra mates rock with refinement
Published 07/07/2010 at 5:05 p.m.
‘It’s my biggest band ever” Sting told the adoring Tampa audience on Saturday, after the serene show opener “If I Ever Lose My Faith in You.” On his current “Symphonicity” tour, the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra surrounds his main stage ...
PHOTOS: Earth, Wind & Fire is a transcendent music revival
Published 06/30/2010 at 5:01 p.m.
Only three members from the early ’70s are in the touring edition of Earth, Wind & Fire — bassist Verdine White, vocalist and percussionist Philip Bailey and vocalist and percussionist Ralph Johnson. But stamp the band’s soul-funk legacy preserved. And ...
PHOTOS: Tim McGraw serves it up Southern-style
Published 05/11/2010 at 5:01 p.m.
Summer felt like it arrived a month early at Tampa’s Ford Amphitheatre on Friday for Tim McGraw’s “Southern Voice” tour stop. The temperature was as hot as the capacity-crowd show.
Review: Alice, unchained, ignites Live X
Published 04/26/2010 at 5:06 p.m.
Area rockers showed up at City of Palms Park in full force last Friday for 99X’s Live X concert. The annual event featured five bands including the first ever area performance by the legendary Alice in Chains. If you weren’t ...
X marks the spot: Re-energized Alice in Chains is talent at alt fest
Published 04/22/2010 at 5:04 p.m.
Though they never really left, Alice in Chains is back. And they are coming to town. In April, when droves of cars with out-of-state license plates hit I-75 and head north, rock music fans await big-rig trucks and tour buses ...
PHOTOS: Paul McCartney shines in a musical marathon
Published 04/07/2010 at 5 p.m.
The Energizer Bunny of Rock & Roll, Sir Paul McCartney, performed at Land Shark Stadium in Miami last Saturday — appropriately, Easter Eve, just the right night for a rabbit.
PHOTOS: Alicia Keys fights fakers one note at a time
Updated 03/31/2010 at 12:08 p.m.
In a world with evil, lip-synching, pseudo-musician villains, Alicia Keys is a true heroine. The inspiring songstress and pianist extraordinaire brought her Freedom Tour to Florida this past weekend for two performances.