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Summer concert preview: Iron Maiden, Lady Gaga, Sleigh Bells lead our list of 25 must-see shows

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When compiling my picks for the most anticipated Tampa Bay concerts of spring and summer, I tended to gravitate toward the LARGE.

I mean, look at some of the A-list artists we have coming to Tampa Bay between now and the end of July: Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Sean "Diddy" Combs, Keith Urban, Tim McGraw, Jimmy Buffett, Motley Crue and even metal war horses Iron Maiden, above.

But everyone's tastes are different. I, for one, am the most psyched for some smaller (if only in Q rating) shows: The full-on sonic assault of Sleigh Bells; the unbridled electricity of Girl Talk; even this year's Taste of Pinellas, featuring one of my most random favorite bands, Third Eye Blind.

So click here for my summer concert preview, featuring THE must-see shows between now and the end of July. But I also want to know: What local concert are you most excited about? I've offered my 25 picks. What are yours? Pass 'em along in the comments.

-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*

[Last modified: Wednesday, April 6, 2011 4:34pm]

    

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