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'Rock of Ages' hits theaters then Ruth Eckerd Hall stage

If you can't handle the idea of yet another rendition of Don't Stop Believin', then this just isn't your year.

The '80s musical Rock of Ages returns to Clearwater's Ruth Eckerd Hall for two shows on Oct. 6 at 5 and 9 p.m.

The Tony Award-nominated stage show played the venue for a full week back in January 2011, with former American Idol star Constantine Maroulis playing a wannabe rocker in love with a wannabe actress in the heyday of L.A.'s Sunset Strip.

This version likely won't have the star power of Maroulis, but it will still feature the music of Styx, REO Speedwagon, Foreigner, Pat Benatar, Whitesnake and — yes — Journey, whose signature anthem closes the show. (Ooops. Spoiler.)

Our Stuck in the '80s blogger Steve Spears predictably loved it the first time around, describing it in the Times review as a "sensory-overloaded retro party."

The timing of this musical's return is especially interesting, considering the big-screen adaptation hits theaters June 15. Will A-listers Tom Cruise and Alec Baldwin whet or ruin appetites for the original stage version? We'll find out soon enough.

Tickets go on sale Saturday at noon and are priced at $50, $60 and $70.

Here comes Kix again

Kix Brooks, can we interest you in a summer home in beautiful Tampa Bay? The mustachioed half of the now-defunct legendary country duo Brooks & Dunn shows up at the Dallas Bull so often, he probably has a key to the back door.

Enjoying the run of his solo hit New to this Town up the country charts this year, Brooks returns to Tampa's hootenanny hot-spot on June 15. Tickets are $10 in advance. This show is for ages 18 and up only.

Up close and personal

Hirsute '80s crooner Richard Marx (Right Here Waiting, Satisfied) is performing an intimate, private concert for just 20 local fans Wednesday and there's still time to win a seat. Magic 94.9 FM is hosting the concert at their new Florida Central Credit Union Theatre in their St. Petersburg Studios at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday.

But today is your last chance to win tickets. To find out how, you have to go to the station's Facebook page at facebook.com/Magic949 and "like" it.

Soundbytes

• Performing both Turn the Cards and Scheherazade and Other Stories in their entirety, UK progressive rock band Renaissance plays Clearwater's Capitol Theatre on Oct. 6. Tickets go on sale this Saturday.

• The newly renovated USF Sun Dome is starting to fill up its fall dance card. The latest addition: Country's Eric Church, Justin Moore and Kip Moore, who team up for a Dec. 13 gig, according to Church's website.

• Gotye, the Belgian-Australian phenom behind the year's most catchy song, is coming to Orlando's House of Blues on Oct. 8. He'll be supported by Givers and Jonti. (So, yeah, no Kimbra. But maybe Givers' Tiffany Lamson can fill in on Somebody That I Used To Know?) Tickets are $55-$58 and go on sale Friday.

• According to Skipper's Smokehouse, WMNF will hold its annual birthday party on Sept. 14-15, with two headliners: Blues great Shemekia Copeland and Tropical Heatwave veterans Black Taxi.

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