Muse, Green Day, Nickelback and more: Tampa's MidFlorida Credit Union loads up for massive summer
At the beginning of January, the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre had no concerts listed on its upcoming calendar. None. Zero. The venue was so quiet that we couldn’t even include it on our list of the most anticipated Tampa Bay concerts of 2017.
Well, things change fast in the music business. A dozen tour announcements have come down the pike in the past month or so, some arriving so quickly we haven’t had time to track them all. Let’s get you caught up on the action at the Amp so you can start planning your summer:
Muse (above) and 30 Seconds to Mars (May 21): It’s a battle of electrifying frontmen: Muse’s operatic show-off Matt Bellamy vs. 30 Seconds to Mars’s Oscar-winning singer Jared Leto. PVRIS opens. Click here.
Train (May 26): One of the most engaging frontmen in rock, Pat Monahan, brings along O.A.R. and Natasha Bedingfield for Train’s annual trip through Tampa. Click here.
Rise Against and Deftones (June 22): The two hard rock heavyweights team up for a co-headlining tour. Click here.
Chicago and the Doobie Brothers (June 29): A pair of classic rockers who haven’t seen their appeal diminish with age – and in the case of recent Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees Chicago, seem to be winning over more fans each year. Click here.
Sam Hunt (July 14): Fans will line up for this much-anticipated headlining show by the country hunk, but this is an outstanding show top to bottom, with openers Maren Morris and Chris Janson in the mix. Click here.
Nickelback (Aug. 1): Yeah, yeah, get your jokes in now. But the kings of Canadian butt-rock always pack ‘em in, especially with Daughtry opening up. Click here.
Foreigner, Cheap Trick and Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience (Aug. 2): Another classic rock mix-‘em-up, this time in honor of Foreigner’s 40th anniversary. Click here.
Green Day (Sept. 5): For their first Tampa show since 2009, the pop-punk legends are bringing Welsh rockers Catfish and the Bottlemen as openers. Click here.
Zac Brown Band (Sept. 24): Another year, another Tampa concert by one of the best live acts, if not the best live act, in country music. Click here.
Jason Aldean/Dierks Bentley/Lady Antebellum/more (TBA): The MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre has yet to announce its 2017 Country Megaticket, a package allowing fans to buy discounted tickets to multiple country shows at once. But according to country news site The Boot, a handful of artists have already announced plans to tour here in 2017, almost certainly at the Amp. They include Jason Aldean with Chris Young, Kane Brown and Dee Jay Silver; Lady Antebellum with Kelsea Ballerini and Brett Young; and Dierks Bentley with Cole Swindell and Jon Pardi. There’s also a good chance of a Brad Paisley show in September. We’ll keep you posted.
-- Jay Cridlin