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Gary Puckett talks retro rock, costumes and living in Clearwater




When the Happy Together Tour hits Ruth Eckerd Hall Friday night, a handful of legendary bands will hit the stage: The Turtles with Flo and Eddie, the Monkees (well, one of 'em, Micky Dolenz), the Buckinghams, the Grass Roots, and Gary Puckett and the Union Gap.

The national tour features 42 stops, but Puckett, whose hits include Young Girl and Woman Woman, won't have far to travel for this show. He has lived in the Clearwater area for the past 12 years.

Puckett, 69, said he moved here because of his wife, Lorrie, whom he met in 1988 and married in 2000.

"I was living in San Diego, came here and noticed how cheap the gas was — as well as the cost of housing," he said. "I didn't like California taxes or politics, so now we live here with the alligators and herons."

The show is at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. Tickets are $42.50-$68. Click here for details.

For more on Puckett and the Happy Together Tour, click here for Terri Bryce Reeves' story.

[Last modified: Friday, June 15, 2012 1:51pm]


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