WTF Concert of the Year: Smokey Robinson, Brian Boitano and you
Smokey Robinson. Brian Boitano. Veteran's Day.
You probably feel like Lisa Simpson right now: "I know those words, but that paragraph makes no sense."
We're afraid we can't help you. There's not much sense to be made of the upcoming Smokey Robinson Tribute On Ice show, which hits the St. Pete Times Forum on Nov. 11.
First, a disclaimer: Smokey Robinson is a legend, Tracks of My Tears and Tears of a Clown are amazing, yada yada yada. And Brian Boitano built the pyramids and beat up Kublai Khan, which, you have to admit, is pretty impressive.
But together? Together, they're two great tastes that go together like radishes and ping-pong balls, which is to say, not one effing iota.
Here's how it's gonna go down: Robinson will sing a bunch of his hits, while a cast of ice-skating heroes -- including Boitano, Todd Eldredge, Yuka Sato, Steven Cousins and more -- perform feats of sparkly derring-do on the rink down below. The concert will be recorded and broadcast at 4 p.m. Nov. 22 on NBC, while the rest of the world is watching the Jets and Patriots on CBS.
Now, in theory, this concept isn't necessarily a terrible one. Would we buy a ticket to see Teddy Pendergrass while Usain Bolt sprints in circles around the stage? Without question. Would we pay to see Dionne Warwick sing I Say A Little Prayer as Joey Chestnut eats 68 hot dogs in 12 minutes? Of course. We're Americans, dammit, aren't we?
But Smokey Robinson and Brian Boitano? Sorry. Every music blog has its breaking point, and this is ours. Our minds are 'sploding with confusion.
And so it is with great honor we bestow upon Smokey Robinson Tribute On Ice Soundcheck's coveted "WTF Concert of the Year" award. Smokey and/or Brian may come claim their prize -- a $15 gift certificate to Village Inn -- at Soundcheck's headquarters, 490 First Ave. S, St. Petersburg, during normal office hours (noon to 2 p.m.).
If you'd like to see this Miracle on Ice (rimshot!), tickets are $30-$50, with VIP packages available for $150. The show is at 7:30 p.m. Go here for details.
-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*