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-- The All-American Rejects performed at Busch Gardens over the weekend, and they got a nice little bonus for their troubles -- a sneak peek at the long-delayed Falcon's Fury ride, which must finally be close to opening. Busch Gardens tweeted out a photo of the band on the ride over the weekend.

-- Slash is coming to Tampa next week! But if you want to see him, you need to be lucky. The legendary guitarist will play an intimate acoustic set on Aug. 27 at the Hard Rock Cafe inside the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino along with vocalist Myles Kennedy, but it's a private, invite-only affair. If you want to get in, you better listen to 98 Rock or head to their website.

-- Speaking of radio shows: 97X has announced its next free "Up For Whatever" concert -- alt-pop singer Tove Lo on Sept. 8 at the State Theatre. Tickets are free, but you need one to get in. Click here for ticket drop times and locations.

-- Ruth Eckerd Hall and the Capitol Theatre dropped a handful of new shows on the world on Monday: Gin Blossoms (Nov. 20, Capitol Theatre, click here); Martina McBride (Jan. 24, Ruth Eckerd Hall, click here), Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons (Jan. 28, Ruth Eckerd Hall, click here) and Leon Russell (Jan. 31, Capitol Theatre, click here). Tickets to each of these shows go on sale Saturday via the Ruth Eckerd Hall box office.

-- Also unveiling a slew of new shows on Monday: The Orpheum. You've got Ab-Soul on Sept. 17 (click here), Torche on Sept. 30 (click here); Whitechapel with Upon a Burning Body and Glass Cloud on Oct. 16 (click here), The Birthday Massacre on Nov. 19 (click here); and Emmure, The Acacia Strain, Stray From the Path, Fit For a King and Kublai Khan on Dec. 16 (click here).

-- A new Florida metal fest is coming to St. Petersburg. Weedeater will headline the inaugural Destoryer Fest, Nov. 15 at the State Theatre. Other artists on the bill include Ulcer, Holly Hunt, Nothing In the Dark and Cosm. Tickets are $15-$18. Click here.

-- Trans-Siberian Orchestra has announced a pair of concerts on Dec. 13 at the Tampa Bay Times Forum. No ticket details are available just yet, but this tour will mark the debut of the rock operatists' new production, a live debut of The Christmas Attic. Click here for dates.

-- One of this year's Warped Tour bands to watch was rap-rock revivalists Issues. They'll be coming to the State Theatre on Dec. 11 with I Killed the Prom Queen, Ghost Town and Nightmares. Tickets are $21.75 and they go on sale Friday. Click here.

-- South Florida sludge-metal outfit Torche is returning to the Orpheum on Sept. 30. Tickets are $12-$15. Click here.

-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*

[Last modified: Monday, August 18, 2014 3:20pm]


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