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Atlanta Rhythm Section's Rodney Justo talks about starting out in Tampa, playing the hits and more



Rodney Justo expects to be flooded with memories when he takes the stage this week for Clearwater's Blast Friday concert.

The longtime Tampa resident and founding member of the Atlanta Rhythm Section got his start in the music business playing in the house band at the Clearwater Municipal Auditorium in the early 1960s. At the time, the venue, demolished in 1973, was renowned for bringing in big names including Neil Sedaka, Fabian and Roy Orbison, who eventually invited Justo to join his band, the Candymen, which in large part led to the creation of Atlanta Rhythm Section in 1971.

"It all started just down from where we will be playing, at the end of Cleveland Street,'' said Justo, during a phone interview. "My friends and I would grab a bite around the corner and head on in to play. I've always loved Clearwater.''

Blast Friday kicks off at 5:30 p.m. Friday in downtown Clearwater. Click here for details.

For more with Rodney Justo, click here for Piper Castillo's interview.

[Last modified: Thursday, March 24, 2016 4:29pm]


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