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MC Hammer and the Tampa Bay Lightning: A match made in hockey heaven




When you think hockey, you think MC Hammer. That's never going to change, right? Hammer and Steven Stamkos are like THIS, homey.

So it comes as no surprise -- to us, anyway -- that Hammer will headline the first date of the Tampa Bay Lightning's 2010-11 postgame concert series at the St. Pete Times Forum.

What, you thought the Rays had a monopoly on postgame concerts? Quietly, over the past few years, the Lightning have also been bringing acts like Saving Abel and Seether to the Forum for free postgame concerts.

Today the Lightning announced the first two acts of this year's schedule: MC Hammer on Nov. 24 (following the Lightning vs. New York Rangers), and Devon Allman's Honeytribe on Nov. 27 (following the Lightning vs. Florida Panthers). Both shows are free. Click here for details.

The Lightning also announced the dates of future postgame concerts -- Dec. 4 (Colorado Avalanche), Dec. 18 (Buffalo Sabres), Jan. 1 (New York Rangers), Feb. 12 (Carolina Hurricanes), March 5 (Montreal Canadiens) and March 11 (Ottawa Senators). They're still working to confirm the performers, but according to Pollstar, Gandalf Murphy and the Slambovian Circus of Dreams is booked there on Dec. 18, and Tonic (man, where have they been?) is booked for Feb. 19. But again, these are not confirmed just yet.

Hammer is no stranger to the Tampa Bay sports scene. As you may know, he performed a postgame concert for the Rays in 2008. As you may NOT know, however, Hammer also came to Tampa Bay for Super Bowl XLIII in 2009. That Saturday night, your humble Soundcheck editor hung out with Hammer on the red carpet of a party at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. On Super Bowl Sunday, we spotted Hammer walking the stands of Raymond James Stadium during the game itself ... wearing the exact same clothes. Did lose his luggage? Is he too poor to afford more than one "special occasion" outfit? We may never know.

Get the Forum's complete announcement after the jump.

From the St. Pete Times Forum: 


MC Hammer and Devon Allman’s Honeytribe Headline November Shows

TAMPA BAY – Tampa Bay Area Volkswagen dealers and the Tampa Bay Lightning are teaming up to bring the Lightning Concert Series presented by Volkswagen to the St. Pete Times Forum this season. The concert series will begin in November with post-game performances by both MC Hammer and Devon Allman’s Honeytribe. MC Hammer is scheduled to perform following the November 24 game against the New York Rangers and Devon Allman’s Honeytribe after the November 27 game versus the Florida Panthers. The Lightning Concert Series presented by Volkswagen is free with the purchase of a Lightning game ticket.

Born Stanley Kirk Burrell in Oakland, California in 1962, MC Hammer is an immensely popular recording artist who synthesized the street sounds of African-American and pop culture. MC Hammer made his first break on the 1987 album Feel My Power. Hammer’s Please Hammer Don’t Hurt 'Em album solidified his appeal with more than 20 million copies sold worldwide. Massive exposure and sponsorship deals followed with Mattel, Toshiba, Taco Bell, KFC and Pepsi-Cola, turning Hammer into an international household name.
Hammer’s single “U Can’t Touch This” remained in the US/UK Top 5 and held the number one spot on the Billboard charts for a record-breaking 23 weeks.  In 1993, Too Legit to Quit was released, featuring the triple platinum single and soundtrack hit “Addams Groove” and the explosive selling title track, “Too Legit To Quit.” A multitude of awards followed, including three Grammy Awards, seven American Music Awards, The People’s Choice Award, Image Award and the prestigious Billboard “Diamond Award.” Hammer is a co-founder of the social media destination Dancejam and executive producer and creator of “HammerTime,” a new Real Life Family show on the A&E network.
“Science fiction blues” isn’t a genre you’ll find in an illustrated history of rock and roll - at least not yet. However, Devon Allman and his group Honeytribe make a case for its inclusion with the ground-breaking new album, Space Age Blues. Although Allman Brothers Band front man Gregg Allman is his father, Devon has carved out his own musical path. Allman, bassist George Potsos and drummer Gabriel Strange have slowly built a solid, loyal fan base worldwide over the past decade. They have been in constant motion, averaging 250 to 300 shows a year across the globe.

The Lightning Concert Series began in 2006 and has been a huge hit, attracting fans to enjoy additional entertainment after watching exciting Lightning hockey. Other concert series performers will be announced throughout the season. Concert series dates include November 24, November 27, December 4, December 18, January 1, February 12, February 19, March 5 and March 11. To score the best seats for any Lightning home game, please call 813.301.6600 or visit for more information.

[Last modified: Friday, November 5, 2010 6:03pm]


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