SoundBytes: The White Stripes, L.A. Guns, Klaxons and more
-- As the White Stripes call it a career, we pause to reflect on their final performance in Tampa Bay, at the USF Sun Dome in 2003. That's a photo from the show, above. In her review, the St. Pete Times' Gina Vivinetto wrote: "1,944 enthusiastic fans relished the Whites' minimalist punk approach to roots music. Kicking off with a feisty rendition of Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground from the band's 2001's breakout album White Blood Cells, Jack thrashed on his crimson guitar and squalled in his banshee best. Both Whites were decked out in their trademark red and white ensembles, each with their shiny black hair draping into their eyes. The look was hellcat and hep. The sound was fury, but many fans were surprised at the set's brevity -- less than 90 minutes." Let's hope the Stripes' inevitable reunion tour makes its way to Tampa Bay in a few years.
-- A while back, we told you Blondie was performing at Busch Gardens on Feb. 13. Turns out they canceled, and their replacement is ... Montgomery Gentry, above. Click here for an updated schedule. And if you're so inclined, you can also get VIP tickets to Busch Gardens concerts.
-- We got all excited when Arctic Monkeys showed up at the Ritz Ybor. Should we be excited that another buzzy Brit band, Klaxons, are coming to Orlando? Klaxons and the ever-unGoogleable !!! will perform at the Social on March 25; tickets are $20. Click here.
-- Speaking of Orlando: Intriguing show at the Hard Rock Hotel, where Sugar Ray will perform an acoustic set in the lobby as part of the Hard Rock's "Velvet Sessions" on Feb. 23. Tickets are $29-$31. Maybe this could end up being the type of show we see more of at Tampa's new Hard Rock Cafe. Click here for details.
-- Another concert is coming to the Hard Rock Cafe inside Tampa's Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino: Classic Albums Live's take on Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon. The show is at 10 p.m. Feb. 25; tickets are $20 (standing room only). Tickets go onsale at 2 p.m. Friday via Ticketmaster.
-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*. Photo: Thomas M. Goethe, tbt* (2003)