Usher coming to the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa
What a day for pop music at the Tampa Bay Times Forum. Earlier this morning, the venue announced a February show by Maroon 5. Now they've topped themselves by announcing a December gig by R&B superstar Usher, the singer's first local gig in years.
Usher will perform at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on Dec. 14, the Forum announced Monday, further crowding a jam-packed December concert slate on Channelside Drive (the Black Keys, Fleetwood Mac, Brantley Gilbert, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, maybe the 93.3-FLZ Jingle Ball). Opening the show are rapper August Alsina and DJ Cassidy. Tickets are $35-$150, and they go on sale at 10 a.m. Sept. 15. Click here for details.
Dubbed "The UR Experience," comes in support of Usher's forthcoming eighth studio album, but will feature hits from across his career, from Yeah! to Love In this Club to You Make Me Wanna... His performance of She Came To Give It To You at this year's MTV Video Music Awards hints at a funkier, more live-performance-oriented show; it'll be interesting to see how Raymond, one of pop music's top all-around entertainers, brings it to life.
-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*