Bruce Springsteen, Glen Campbell, Coldplay among Grammy winners, performers coming to Tampa Bay
First, the bad news: Adele is not coming to Tampa Bay anytime soon. Here's hoping she'll at least make up her postponed Orlando date in 2012.
Now the good news: Several of Sunday night's top Grammy winners and performers ARE coming to town in the next few months. Let's run down the list:
-- Kelly Clarkson: The American Idol alum didn't win for Don't You Wanna Stay, her duet with Jason Aldean, but they did perform the song live. Hopefully Clarkson won't have any mic malfunctions, like Aldean did, when she performs at Ruth Eckerd Hall on Feb. 21. Click here.
-- The Band Perry: Country's hottest young group was nominated for Best New Artist, and they participated in a live tribute to Lifetime Achievement Grammy winner Glen Campbell during Sunday's telecast. Look for them to be one of the hottest tickets at this year's Florida Strawberry Festival; they perform in Plant City on March 7. Click here.
-- Rebirth Brass Band: What a fortuitous coup for the inaugural Gasparilla Music Festival, which hits downtown Tampa on March 10: One of the headliners, New Orleans funk/jazz group the Rebirth Brass Band, won a Grammy for Best Regional Roots Music Album for their Rebirth of New Orleans. Click here.
-- Glen Campbell: The aforementioned Campbell, who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's, will bring his farewell tour to the Capitol Theatre for two shows on March 21 and March 22. And if his rousing performance of Rhinestone Cowboy on Sunday is any indication, they'll be two of the most memorable shows of the year. Click here and here.
-- Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band: The Boss -- who, in addition to kicking off this year's Grammy ceremony with a performance of We Take Care of Our Own, picked up his 21st career trophy for Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package for The Promise: The Darkness On The Edge Of Town Story -- will be at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on March 23. Click here.
-- Tony Bennett: The legendary crooner, who won for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album for Duets II and best Pop Duo/Group Performance for Body and Soul with Amy Winehouse, will be at Ruth Eckerd Hall on March 23. Click here.
-- Laura Story: Christian singer-songwriter Laura Story, whose hit Blessings won for Best Contemporary Christian Music Song, is coming to Clearwater's Countryside Christian Center on April 27, as part of a "Girls Night Live" tour with Mandisa and Britt Nicole. Click here.
-- Lady Antebellum: Lady A scored an upset win for Best Country Album for Own The Night. For months, they've had a show listed on their website for May 11 in Tampa, but no venue, tickets or support have been announced. We're still waiting. Click here.
-- Coldplay: Coldplay didn't win any of the three Grammys for which they were nominated, but they were all over Sunday's telecast, performing Paradise and Princess of China with Rihanna. And how about that Chipotle commercial featuring Willie Nelson's cover of The Scientist? Too bad Rihanna and Willie probably won't be with them when they hit the Tampa Bay Times Forum on June 28. (Let's hope Chris Martin's voice has recovered from whatever seemed to be ailing him on Paradise.) Click here.
-- 'The Book of Mormon': Finally, it's worth noting that Trey Parker and Matt Stone's The Book of Mormon won a Grammy for Best Musical Theater Album. According to our colleague John Fleming, the Broadway smash won't hit the road for at least a year, but Straz Center officials predict it will be on the Tampa venue's calendar for the 2013-14 season.
Other 2012 Grammy nominees who are on their way to Tampa Bay include Radiohead (Feb. 29, Tampa Bay Times Forum), Jimmy Sturr and His Orchestra (March 1, Florida Strawberry Festival), Vince Gill (March 6, Florida Strawberry Festival), TobyMac (March 9, Florida Strawberry Festival), Steven Curtis Chapman (March 9, Countryside Christian Center), Red Hot Chili Peppers (March 29, Tampa Bay Times Forum) Charlie Wilson and El Debarge (April 7, Funk Fest Tampa Bay at Vinoy Waterfront Park), Eddie Vedder (May 10-11, Ruth Eckerd Hall) and dual nominees Kenny Chesney and Grace Potter (June 2, Raymond James Stadium) and Neil Diamond (June 3, Tampa Bay Times Forum).
Now, let's all think and hope and wish and pray the Beach Boys' 50th anniversary tour also comes to Tampa Bay this summer. Wouldn't that be nice?
-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*