SoundBytes: The Rock, The Black Crowes, Hunter Hayes and more
-- When the WWE returns to the Tampa Bay Times Forum on Jan. 7, they'll get an added dose of superstar power, as Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson will stop in for Monday Night RAW. He'll join John Cena, CM Punk, Sheamus, Big Show, The Miz and many, many more. This could be an all-time night for wrestling in Tampa Bay. Tickets start at $20; click here.
-- Country hotshot (and current Best New Artist Grammy nominee) Hunter Hayes is the final big name coming to the Florida Strawberry Festival. He'll perform at 3:30 p.m. March 10 -- the same day as Blake Shelton. Talk about a day full of quality country.
-- The Mahaffey Theatre has hosted shows by Jay Mohr and Jay Pharoah, and now another Saturday Night Live vet is set to take the stage there: Dennis Miller. The acerbic, intellectual, politically minded comic and radio host will perform in St. Petersburg on March 30. Tickets are $42.50-$69, and they go onsale Jan. 4. For details, click here.
-- The Black Crowes' hiatus didn't last long. They're coming back with a tour that'll hit the Mahaffey on April 30, according to a release from the band. No ticket info yet, but we'll keep you posted.
-- Well, how about this: The august New York Times -- specifically critic Ben Ratliff -- has named a Tampa concert as one of the best he saw in 2012. The Scion Rock Fest performance by Saint Vitus was "resonant, professional, good for the body," he wrote. For our photo review of the event, click here.
-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*