Cheap Trick bringing 'Dream Police' to Jannus Live in St. Petersburg on New Year's Eve
Robin Zander must be staying home for the holidays, because his band just booked a (kind of) hometown show on Dec. 31.
Cheap Trick will perform a blockbuster New Year's Eve show at Jannus Live, including an 18-piece "Rhythmic Noise Philharmonic Orchestra and Mind Choir," and a lavish recreation of their landmark 1979 album Dream Police.
Frontman (and Safety Harbor resident) Zander will be joined by guitarist Rick Nielsen and bassist Tom Petersson (but not drummer Bun E. Carlos, we're afraid) will present the album as a "multi-sensory spectacle," according to an announcement from the venue. The tour "will require Jannus Live to reconfigure its already-expansive stage to accomodate the band's truckloads of sound, lights and effects."
Tickets to Cheap Trick's Dream Police show are $100-$150; and early bird tickets include all you can drink. Click here for more details.
If that three-digit price tag is too rich for your blood, don't forget the Mahaffey Theater down the street is hosting Gloria Gaynor, Sister Sledge and Maxine Nightingale on New Year's Eve, with tickets starting at $75. Click here for details.
Still too pricey? St. Pete's annual First Night will return on New Year's Eve at Vinoy Park, with fireworks, family activities and more. Performers haven't been announced yet, but to give you an idea of what to expect, last year's headliner was American Idol's "Big Mike" Lynche.
And if you live outside St. Pete, you still have plenty of options -- Matisyahu at the Straz Center, Donna the Buffalo at Skipper's Smokehouse and Pat Travers at the Largo Cultural Center, to name a few.
-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*