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Sean Daly's Top 5 September concerts in Tampa Bay

The more John Mayer acts like a buffoon, the more appealing he becomes. Rock stars should be flaky, unbalanced, loose-lipped — and the guitar-slingin' heart-sleever is all that and a bag of US Weeklys. The 32-year-old penner of Your Body Is a Wonderland is a cringe-inducing interview, but let me tell you: Journos adore a subject with zero filter. The Connecticut kid is always dishing on his love life (with ex Jessica Simpson, with, um, himself); he makes inappropriate, if ultimately benign, racial statements, too. He's a total head case … and a newsman's dream. Alas, Johnny didn't make the following list of top September shows, but I'll check out his Sept. 10 Tampa gig anyway. I'm not the biggest fan of mush-pop, but I'll make sure to have my pen at the ready.

Shooter Jennings (State Theatre, Sept. 7)

Waylon's on'ry kid can howl an outlaw storm, a should-be country star who tells Nashville to kiss it. His hit 4th of July, which references both George Jones and Ted Nugent, is one of the life-affirming road-trip anthems of the 21st century. The 31-year-old wild child recently recorded a concept record with Stephen King (Black Ribbons), and there's a chance he'll turn into Trent Reznor at any second. But as long as he has country in his blood(lines), he'll be my hero. (

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers (St. Pete Times Forum, Sept. 16)

Sure, ol' TP is a Gator hero, and his swampy drawl makes Fridays worth living. But guitar god Mike Campbell will be the star of this show, sending bolts through the crowd every time he tears off a solo. Even better? New album Mojo is a garage-rock throwdown built around the axeman's switchblade licks. Oh, and did I mention that ZZ Top is the opening act? Bathroom breaks? Good luck with that. (

Adam Lambert (Tropicana Field, Sept. 18)

Where are you going to freak out on Friday, Sept. 18? On one hand (no doubt a half-gloved, nail-polished hand), Idol's Glambert will wail at the Trop, a postgame gig following a brawl between the hometown kids and the Los Angeles Angels. Or, if that's not your bag, you can go see … (

Kings of Leon (1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheatre, Sept. 18)

The shaggy sons of a Tennessee preacher are in line to be the next U2. Hyperbole? I don't think so. The Followill boys' earlier efforts were curious, kudzu-covered confessionals; 2008's Only by the Night, however, was an arena-rattling breakout fueled by hook-driven movers Sex on Fire and Use Somebody. They're that good. New album Come Around Sundown gets its release Oct. 15; hopefully they'll play that, too. (

Neil Young (Ruth Eckerd Hall, Sept. 22)

Not only will this be the 64-year-old Hall of Famer's first-ever visit to Ruth Eckerd Hall, it's also a coveted "solo" show. Very cool. I don't mind an acoustic gig (as long as he does Comes a Time, which will make me sob like a ninny), but here's hoping the revered Canadian plugs in, too. The dude can shred like a monster, and Lord knows he's still angry enough to bash our heads in with the dagger riff from Rockin' in the Free World. (

Sean Daly's Top 5 September concerts in Tampa Bay 08/29/10 [Last modified: Monday, August 30, 2010 12:11pm]
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