From Kid Rock to Taylor Hicks to Zac Brown Band, here's a look back at the music of the 2012 Republican National Convention
I think, when all is said and done, the lasting image that we as a nation will take away from the 2012 Republican National Convention will be this photo of Steve Aoki holding a can of Pringles in Ybor City.
We did our best to cover the crazy, surprisingly star-studded music and entertainment scene in Tampa during RNC week, including shows by Journey, Kid Rock, Zac Brown Band, 3 Doors Down, Gavin DeGraw, Trace Adkins, Rodney Atkins, Andy Grammer, Camp Freddy, Sara Evans, Lee Greenwood, Adam Carolla and, of course, Aoki.
But even those exhaustive links just scratch the surface of the music in town. Montgomery Gentry, Blues Traveler, Big Head Todd and the Monsters, Better Than Ezra, Robert Earl Keen, Pat Green, Willie Chirino, the Red Jumpsuit Apparatus,Far East Movement, the Commodores and the Eagles' Don Felder, among others, all played local parties ranging from public to super-private in Tampa Bay.
Here, just for posterity, is a look at some of the other acts who passed through Tampa along with Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan:
TAYLOR HICKS, who played the final night of the RNC in the Tampa Bay Times Forum:
BEBE WINANS, who also played the Forum's final day:
DANNY GOKEY at the Forum:
THE OAK RIDGE BOYS, also at the Forum:
LANE TURNER, at the Forum:
NIGHT RANGER'S JACK BLADES at the Forum:
G.E. Smith at the Forum:
BLUES TRAVELER'S JOHN POPPER, performing at a Ron Paul Rally at the USF Sun Dome:
JIMMIE VAUGHAN, also at the Sun Dome:
THE SPINNERS, who performed at a party for the Michigan Delegation at the Amphitheatre:
RISA BINDER, who performed at the secret John Boehner/Warehouse Party in the Kress Building in downtown Tampa:
And, lest we forget, Grammy-nominated composer CLINT EASTWOOD:
Photos: Jensen Sutta (Aoki), Dirk Shadd (Hicks), AP (Gokey, Winans, Oak Ridge Boys, Popper, Vaughan), Edmund D. Fountain (Turner), Jay Cridlin (Binder, Spinners), James Borchuck (Eastwood).