The top 10 Tampa music stories of 2012, No. 6: The USF Sun Dome reopens
(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.)
The USF Sun Dome has hosted some pretty major acts over the years — everyone from Frank Sinatra to Bob Dylan to the Killers to the White Stripes. So when it closed in for a $35.6-million makeover, it left a dome-sized hole in the Tampa music scene.
But over the summer, it reopened, and Tampa fans immediately saw what they were missing. Elton John, Florence and the Machine, Wiz Khalifa and others (like the MythBusters and, um, Ron Paul) immediately scheduled shows there, and USF students have taken to it. Recently, they launched a Twitter campaign, #Bulls4Babel, to try to get Mumford & Sons to play there.
True, not everything has gone as planned. There were copious sound problems at the first show, an R&B megatour featuring Keith Sweat. At Elton John, some fans were sold tickets to seats that weren’t there. And Eric Church canceled a concert there.
Still, we’ll live. As long as the arena keeps bringing in acts like Florence and Wiz, we’ll be happy.
PREVIOUSLY ON THE TOP TAMPA MUSIC STORIES OF 2012:
No. 10: The return of arena rock
Photo: Daniel Wallace, tbt*