The top 10 Tampa music stories of 2012, No. 3: Surprise! The RNC actually rocks
(It’s the end of the year, and just as we did in 2009, 2010 and 2011, Soundcheck is counting down the year’s top local music stories as determined by your humble Soundcheck editor. We’ll be counting down two each day through New Year’s Eve.)
When it was announced in 2010 that Tampa would host the 2012 Republican National Convention, we wondered: Which big-name acts would show up for private parties and/or protest concerts?
Truthfully, we had no idea just how stacked the calendar would get. Among the artists who performed in Tampa Bay during RNC 2012: Journey, Kid Rock, Zac Brown Band, 3 Doors Down, Gavin DeGraw, Trace Adkins, Rodney Atkins, Andy Grammer, Camp Freddy, Sara Evans, Lee Greenwood, Adam Carolla, Steve Aoki, Far East Movement, Blues Traveler, Taylor Hicks, BeBe Winans, Danny Gokey, The Oak Ridge Boys, Lane Turner, Jack Blades and Night Ranger, G.E. Smith, Jimmie Vaughan, the Spinners, Montgomery Gentry, Big Head Todd and the Monsters, Better Than Ezra, Robert Earl Keen, Pat Green, Willie Chirino, the Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, the Commodores and the Eagles' Don Felder. Sure, most of these events were closed to the public, and yes, artists like Lynyrd Skynyrd, Willie Nelson, Wyclef Jean, Randy Travis and Drive-By Truckers all dropped out at some point, but still, that's a gigantic lineup.
And of course, we can't forget the musician who made the biggest impact of all on RNC 2012: Grammy-nominated composer Clint Eastwood.
PREVIOUSLY ON THE TOP TAMPA MUSIC STORIES OF 2012:
No. 10: The return of arena rock
No. 6: The USF Sun Dome reopens
No. 5: Tallhart goes national