Elton John coming to the Lakeland Center
We like Lakeland a lot. It's a nice city with a nice downtown, and they produce a lot of quality local music.
Still, we can't help being rubbed the wrong way when an artist comes to Lakeland and not Tampa, St. Pete or Clearwater. The Jackson 5 played Lakeland in 1981. Nirvana played there in 1993. Shoot, Merle Haggard is coming there in January.
And now we hear Elton John is coming to Lakeland in November.
Tampa Bay fans: Will you be going to this show? When's the last time you drove to Lakeland for a concert? We'll admit, we've only been to one concert event in Lakeland, and that was High School Musical on Ice. No, we're not kidding. (It was for work. As far as you know.)
-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*. Photo: AP.