Classic rockers Lynyrd Skynyrd, REO Speedwagon headline Busch Gardens' 2012 music lineup

Poison frontman Bret Michaels will perform Feb. 19 at Busch Gardens’ Bands, Brew & BBQ series.

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Poison frontman Bret Michaels will perform Feb. 19 at Busch Gardens’ Bands, Brew & BBQ series.

Winter and spring are just around the corner, and you know what that means: A bunch of classic rock bands are coming to Busch Gardens in Tampa.

The park has unveiled the lineup for its 2012 "Bands, Brew & BBQ" series in February, and it includes Lynyrd Skynyrd on Feb. 12, Bret Michaels on Feb. 19, .38 Special on Feb. 26 and REO Speedwagon on March 4. The concerts are included with park admission, though access to the craft beer garden and barbecue restaurants will cost a little extra. Busch Gardens said prices will be available soon.

This follows the park's annual "Real Music Concert Series," featuring acts that are a little lighter on the ears: Frankie Avalon, the Osmond Brothers, the Grass Roots, etc. The park also announced that its annual Viva La Musica Latin concert series will return on Sundays from April 15-May 6, though no acts have been announced.

Finally, lest we forget our neighbors to the east, Busch Gardens' sister park, SeaWorld, has its own Bands, Brew & BBQ and Viva La Musica series — but no acts have been announced yet.

Here is Busch Gardens' full music lineup by date:

Jan. 18-21: The Terry Myers Orchestra with the Swing Sisters

Jan. 25-28: The Glenn Miller Orchestra with the Diamonds

Feb. 1-4: Tony Orlando

Feb. 8-11: Frankie Avalon

Feb. 12: Lynyrd Skynyrd

Feb. 15-18: The Osmond Brothers

Feb. 19: Bret Michaels

Feb. 22-25: Herman's Hermits starring Peter Noone

Feb. 26: .38 Special

Feb. 29-March 3: The Ventures

March 4: REO Speedwagon

March 7-10: Rita Coolidge

March 14-17: The Grass Roots

March 21-24: Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr.

'Wall' reaches Orlando

If you missed Roger Waters' recreation of The Wall last November at the St. Pete Times Forum, good news: The Pink Floyd rocker is bringing the epic tour back to Central Florida.

The second leg of Waters' The Wall tour will hit Orlando's Amway Center on June 16. Tickets are $48.75-$202.75, and the go on sale Nov. 18.

More than 14,500 fans turned out when Waters played the Forum last fall, and were treated to a Wall-sized spectacle involving children's choirs, inflatable marionettes and hits like Comfortably Numb and Another Brick In The Wall Part 2.

Soundbytes

• Check out this brilliant bit of wordplay: Willie Nelson is going "on the road again." BOOM, NAILED IT. He'll perform at Ruth Eckerd Hall on Feb. 2. Tickets are $48.50-$100. Worried you can't wait that long to get your Nelson fix? No problem! Because...

• Willie's son's band, Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real will be performing on the first night of Ribfest (Nov. 11), opening for John Fogerty in Vinoy Park in St. Petersburg.

• They were just here a few weeks ago, but we'll happily welcome them back: Mates of State will open for The Airborne Toxic Event on Nov. 29 at the Ritz Ybor.

• According to their website, Grateful Dead recreationists Dark Star Orchestra will perform March 2 at Jannus Live. No details yet on tickets.

Classic rockers Lynyrd Skynyrd, REO Speedwagon headline Busch Gardens' 2012 music lineup 11/01/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, November 2, 2011 5:50pm]

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