SoundCheck: Aerosmith, Geoff Tate, Sum 41, Skatepark of Tampa 20-Year Anniversary Party, Iris DeMent

Published December 5 2012


With Cheap Trick

Details: Tuesday 7:30 p.m. Tampa Bay Times Forum, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. $46.75-$146.75. (813) 301-2500.

See, kids, before he was on American Idol, before he was making headlines for bickering with Nicki Minaj, Steven Tyler was in this band. They sang blues-rock songs about transvestites, cannibalizing wealthy folk and engaging in elevator sex. Not exclusively, of course; for a while, they also dominated the global power-ballad market with smashes like Crazy, Cryin' and I Don't Want to Miss a Thing. But mostly, Aerosmith has chosen to celebrate the lewd, lascivious things in life throughout a career tumescent with swarthy, swingin' singles. It hasn't been easy going of late — Aerosmith has canceled many shows as Tyler, now an improbable 64(!), has battled injuries and feuds with bandmates. But after more than 40 years, from Dream On through new album Music From Another Dimension!, it's amazing they're walking at all. So if you're hungry for a taste of pure, unfiltered American meat-rock, tie on a scarf and walk this way.

Geoff Tate

Details: Saturday 7:30 p.m. Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. $25-$35. (727) 791-7400.

The moody, mind-bendy metal of Queensryche was already confounding enough to many a mainstream music fan — and that was before the band split this year. After the group voted out frontman Geoff Tate in April, the operatic vocalist announced he was forming his own version of Queensryche. In October, a judge ruled that both versions of Queensryche can legally exist, so starting in December, Tate and his new bandmates — including former Queensryche guitarist Kelly Gray — will resume touring under that name. (Confused yet? Tate's Queensryche is at; the other guys — who will play the Ritz Ybor on March 15 — are at At this show, Tate will play material from new solo album Kings & Thieves, but also Queensryche hits like Silent Lucidity and Jet City Woman.

m Sum 41

With iamdynamite, Hunter Valentine

Details: Friday 8 p.m. Ritz Ybor, 1503 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $20. (813) 247-2555.

"Stormin' through the party like my name was El Niño!" With those words, pop-punk outfit Sum 41 announced their arrival as Canada's answer to Blink-182, a brash young gang of snot-nosed groms who refuse to mature with dignity. But why should they? Fat Lip and In Too Deep were inescapable radio hits around 2001, and their seeming omnipresence in American Pie movies ensures the band will have a steady stream of residual checks for years to come.

Skatepark of Tampa 20-Year Anniversary Party

With Souls of Mischief, Killer Mike

Details: Saturday 8 p.m. Czar, 1420 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $15.

The last time confessional Atlanta rapper Killer Mike was in town, he stole the show from a bona fide hip-hop legend, the Wu-Tang Clan's GZA, at the State Theatre. Can he do the same when opening for Oakland hip-hop collective Souls of Mischief? The West Coast's answer to A Tribe Called Quest, the Souls fused jazzy samples and funky beats to create a heady and ambitious signature sound. Their breakout single '93 til Infinity also happens to mark the year the Skatepark of Tampa opened, making them a perfect choice to headline this anniversary gig.

Iris DeMent .

Details: Sunday 7:30 p.m. Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. $36.50-$46.50. (727) 791-7400.

Having helmed O Brother, Where Art Thou?, the Coen brothers know a thing about old-timey tunes that pack an emotional wallop. So it's no small achievement that Iris DeMent's warbling rendition of Leaning On the Everlasting Arms was selected to soundtrack the final scene of the Coens' remake of True Grit. Her sparse, delicate country-folk style is straight from another era, though she has moments — like The Night I Learned How Not to Pray, from lush new disc Sing the Delta, her first album of original songs in 16 years — where she sounds ready to roll up her sleeves and rock the jukebox.