There's a British Invasion in Tampa Bay this weekend, three acts from across the briney that can still whip us into a tizzy. It's also sort of a British boy band invasion, albeit "boys" in varying stages of maturity.
The youngest of the lot, power-poppy One Direction, is a Simon Cowell-created crew from the British version of The X Factor. The quintet will belt out ubiquitous hit What Makes You Beautiful at the 1-800-Ask-Gary Amphitheatre on Friday.
You'll hear the tween screams in Ocala, especially for 1D's head heartbreaker Harry Styles. He and his awesome hair are part of the reason his band's debut, Up All Night, was 2011's biggest-seller in the U.K. — and why it later debuted at No. 1 in the U.S.
Then there's Coldplay, the middle child in this weekend's British trio, which is at the Tampa Bay Times Forum tonight. Calling Chris Martin & Co. a boy band might be a bit of a stretch, but in the beginning — especially 2000's breakout hit Yellow — there was definitely a whiff of cute-guy angst being sold.
Of course, Coldplay, while still very over the top, is now considered a conceptually "serious" band, especially in the wake of newest album Mylo Xyloto, and its epic take on a fractured romance. By the way, the best song on Mylo is called Princess of China, a duet with Rihanna. Think she'll show up?
And then, finally, there's the one and only Ringo Starr, drummer behind the Greatest Boy Band of All Time, the Beatles, who also turned out to also be the Greatest Band Period. There's no debating either of those statements, so don't even bother.
Mr. Peace and Love is 71 now (about to turn 72 on July 7), but he'll still put on a fun, energetic show at Ruth Eckerd Hall on Sunday. This year's backing band includes Todd Rundgren and Mr. Mister's Richard Page. Don't be surprised if Ringo gets a few ecstatic screams aimed his way, too. Beatlemania lives on!
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