Rihanna, Ke$ha coming to Tampa's Ford Amphitheatre
Rihanna's just-announced 25-city tour will hit the Ford Amphitheatre at the end of July, according to Live Nation and her Web site. (The show looks like it's on July 30, though Ticketmaster has it listed as July 31.) What's more, she'll be bringing along the hottest thing in a miniskirt, unapologetic party lush Ke$ha.
The last time Rihanna was in town, things were a lot different. She performed at the Ford Amphitheatre in January 2009, days before Super Bowl XLIII ... and less than two weeks before then-boyfriend Chris Brown beat her senseless. (He pleaded guilty to assault in June 2009.)
As for Ke$ha, she last performed in town at the 93.3 Jingle Ball in Tampa. Back then, she was a last-minute addition, an afterthought, really, although she had a hot single in TiK ToK. Now, with that song becoming a massive smash, and Blah Blah Blah topping the charts as well, she's a star in her own right. (Some might say an inexplicable star, but a star nonetheless.)
Rihanna's Web site and the Ford Amphitheatre's Web site both have the show listed for July 30, though Ticketmaster says it's July 31. According to Ticketmaster, prices are listed at $19.75 to $250, and they go onsale at 10 a.m. Saturday. Click here for details.
-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*. Photo: AP.