Looking ahead at 2013's calendar of '80s concerts
Will 2013 be a year of great concerts by '80s bands? I'm not yet convinced. I'm looking for that one great "They're really touring again" moment. I thought I had it when the Tubes announced a tour with a stop in Orlando, but that has since disappeared from everyone's web calendars. So we're left with these shows coming to Florida. Let's hope for a lot more fun after the first three months:
- Rick Springfield (Jan. 10, Seminole Hard Rock, Tampa): Rick always puts on an amazing show, and yes, it's something a guy can enjoy just as much as a drooly female fan.
- Kansas (Jan. 19, Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater): Performing with an orchestra should be interesting. But they always make me think of Bill & Tell. "All we are is dust in the wind, dude."
- English Beat (Feb. 7, Janus Live, St. Petersburg): Not to confused with The Beat, which is essentially the same band.
- Fishbone (Feb. 8, State Theatre, St. Petersburg): Strictly a hipsters show.
- Steve Miller Band (Feb. 13, Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater): Time keeps on ticking for Steve Miller.
- Styx (Feb. 17, SeaWorld, Orlando): It's not really Styx without Dennis DeYoung.
- Foreigner (Feb. 28, Strawberry Festival, Plant City): Hardly any original members left, but they sound pitch-perfect.
- Bon Jovi (March 1, Tampa Bay Times Forum, Tampa): Only thing he has left is his looks. Pass.
- Hall and Oates March 2, SeaWorld, Orlando): They've been on the road for a while now, but it's always interesting to see which deep tracks they'll bring back these days.
- Hall and Oates March 6, Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater):Oh-oh, here they come. Again.
The Tubes (March 7, Hard Rock Live, Orlando): Please, PLEASE make this happen.
- Bret Michaels (March 9, Strawberry Festival, Plant City): One of the nicest guys in the business is always worth catching live.
- Roger Hodgson (March 22, Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater): Better known as the voice of Supertramp. It's so logical.
- Queensryche (March 22, House of Blues, Orlando): This will be the band with or without Geoff Tate. The ousted singer has permission to tour under the same name as the traitors who threw him out of the band. So we'll have to wait to see which version is visiting Orlando.