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Monday: Cheap Trick's Robin Zander leads benefit for fallen officers; AC/DC's Brian Johnson coming, too?




The Twitters are atwitter about a benefit concert tonight at the Daiquri Deck in Madeira Beach that could see a cameo by two rock 'n’ roll legends.

According to 102.5 The Bone host Mike “Cowhead” Calta, Cheap Trick singer Robin Zander and AC/DC singer Brian Johnson, above, are scheduled to appear at a concert benefitting the families of fallen St. Petersburg police officers Thomas Baitinger, Jerffrey Yaslowitz and David Crawford, all killed in the line of duty this year.

“I can confirm that Robin Zander is going to be there,” said Daiquiri Deck general manager Sonja Leone. Johnson is not a done deal, Leone said, but she wouldn’t be surprised if he showed up. Like Zander, Johnson lives on the Gulf Coast, is friends with some of the artists on the bill, and has been known to pop into Pinellas beach bars unannounced.

Even without Zander and Johnson, it’s a doozy of a local bill: Greg Billings Band, Suite Caroline, Pitbull Toddler (Cowhead’s band), Men from Mars, Satellites Down, Big Brother, Ronnie Dee and Exit 28. Tickets are $10, which includes a buffet and one drink, and there will be raffles for (among other items) a Corona bicycle, a Budweiser grill, refrigerators, jewelry and concert tickets to Yes.

The show starts at 6 p.m. and runs until 2 p.m. at the Daiquiri Deck, 14995 Gulf Blvd., Madeira Beach. For details, call (727) 393-2706 or click here.

If you can’t make it tonight, you’ll have another opportunity to help out. At 6 p.m. Saturday, the State Theatre in St. Petersburg will host a concert benefitting Crawford’s family. The lineup includes Burning Tree, Shakemode, Green Sunshine, the Standback Band, the Hobies, Arm Chair Explosion, Cowboy Mafia, Scilter, the Radio Killers, Trigger City Trio, Poundsalt and Jay D. Clark. Doors open at 6 p.m., and tickets are $10. 

 At Friday night’s Grace Potter and the Nocturnals concert at the State, singer Potter said the band donated and signed some merchandise to be raffled off during the show, and dedicated the song Big White Gate to the “fantastic local police department."

Click here for details on the show.

-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*. Photo: AP.

[Last modified: Monday, March 7, 2011 10:58am]


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