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SoundCheck: Judas Priest, the Airborne Toxic Event, Molly Hatchet, George Thorogood and the Destroyers, Dave Koz and Friends, Tur-Drunken Day 2


With Thin Lizzy, Black Label Society

Details: Wednesday 6 p.m. 1-800-Ask-Gary Amphitheatre, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. $31-$91; four-packs available for $75. (813) 740-2446.

"Last tour ever." How many times have we heard that one? And yet it works every time. Because what if this really is our last chance to see Judas Priest touring the globe? Better strap on our leather and shell out for tickets, just in case. One of the band's founding lead guitarists, K.K. Downing, announced his retirement from the band this year, but fellow solo king Glenn Tipton is still there, as are the polished-steel vocals of Rob Halford. As for the openers, Thin Lizzy has retained only a couple of members from its '70s heyday (singer Phil Lynott died in 1986), but Zakk Wylde of Black Label Society is one of metal's most prominent ambassadors. You think this show won't rock? You've got another thing comin'.

m The Airborne Toxic Event

With Mona, the Drowning Men

Details: Tuesday 8 p.m. Ritz Ybor, 1503 E Seventh Ave. Ybor City. $16-$18. (813) 247-2555.

Take the moody atmospherics of the National, the literate songwriting of the Decemberists and the fragile earnestness of Matt Pond PA, add it all up, and you get a band that's had arguably more mainstream success than them all. The Airborne Toxic Event had a big radio hit in 2007 with Sometime Around Midnight, which crescendos from a whisper to a fist-pumping anthem. Singer Mikel Jollett has developed a taste for unpredictable onstage antics — during a set at the Deluna Festival in Pensacola Beach in October, Jollett ran offstage midsong and dived into the Gulf of Mexico. Airborne and seaworthy? Now that's diversity.

Molly Hatchet

Details: Friday 7 p.m. Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $15. (727) 565-0551.

A "Legends of Hip Hop" concert that was originally scheduled for this date was postponed until 2012, but that's okay — Flirtin' With Disaster has always been an appropriate Thanksgiving dinner anthem at our house. Part of Jacksonville's mighty Southern Rock heritage (Lynyrd Skynyrd, the Allman Brothers Band, .38 Special), Molly Hatchet has but one remaining founding member, guitarist Dave Hlubek, but the legacy of their dirty blues-inspired riffs and spectacular album covers lives on.

, George Thorogood and the Destroyers

Details: Tuesday 8 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $29.50-$46.50. (727) 791-7400.

In the rich and varied legacy of Delaware bluesmen (hey, Wilmington's a rough place), George Thorogood sits right at the top. With his band, the Destroyers, Thorogood's hits have become a staple of movie trailers, beer commercials and image-makeover montage sequences for more than 30 years. If you've only heard Bad to the Bone and Move It On Over at bike and barbecue festivals, take advantage of this opportunity to catch the band's top-notch chops in a theater setting.

Tur-Drunken Day 2

With Easybreezy, the Pauses, Fowler's Bluff, Goodnight Neverland, Grand Manor, Soft Rock Renegades

Details: Friday 8 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 N 17th St., Ybor City. (813) 241-8600.

Bookending Thanksgiving this year are a pair of "Tur-Drunken" concerts featuring local bands at Crowbar in Ybor City. The first one is Wednesday with David Bazan; the second, on Friday, should roust you from your tryptophan-induced slumber. Garage rockers Easybreezy will play songs of their fuzzy, classic rock-influenced new album, Blowing Up, while Orlando's the Pauses will showcase the bouncing indie rock that has earned them slots at festivals like the CMJ Music Marathon in New York.

Dave Koz . and Friends

With Rick Braun, Jonathan Butler, Candy Dulfer

Details: Wednesday 8 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $48-$85. (727) 791-7400.

When Kenny G showed up on Saturday Night Live recently for a duet with Foster the People, Dave Koz probably thought, "Noooo! It should've been me!" Instead, the smooth-jazz saxman, who has been rocking elevators worldwide since the mid '80s, is spending this fall and winter on a Christmas tour with a group of top-notch friends — trumpeter Rick Braun, singer-guitarist Jonathan Butler and saxophonist Candy Dulfer. They'll play holiday classics and a few of their own hits.

Times staff writer Jay Cridlin can be reached at

Also playing

Common Ground Fri. 7 p.m. With BlessEd, Oceanstone, Trimface, Freelow, Bambooda. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $10. (727) 895-3045.

Burning Tree Fri. 8 p.m. With Paint The Town Red, ?nowledge, poundSalt, Unmotivated. The Local 662, 662 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $6-$10.

Assyrian Fri. 6 p.m. With Between the Tides, Drones, Drowning the Krakken, From Here On. Neptune Lounge, 13 S Safford Ave., Tarpon Springs. $8. (727) 943-5713.

The Lacs Fri. 10 p.m. The Round Up, 13918 W Hillsborough Ave., Tampa. (813) 855-1464.

LoudMouth Fri. 9:30 p.m. Cocktails, 6229 Grand Blvd., New Port Richey. (727) 848-3227.

Rocksteady@8 Fri. 9 p.m. With Jim Morey Band. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $6. (813) 248-4969.

Flat Stanley Sat. 9 p.m. With the Dukes of Hillsborough, Crash Mitchell. The Hub, 719 N Franklin St., Tampa. Free. (813) 229-1553.

The Ditchflowers CD release Sat. 8 p.m. Hideaway Cafe, 1756 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. (727) 644-7895.

DJ Teresa Sat. 10 p.m. Jackson's Bistro, 601 S Harbour Island Blvd., Tampa. Free. (813) 277-0112.

Dang the Luan Sun. 10 p.m. With Ha Vy, Kevin Khoa, Anh Minh, Don Nguyen. Hard Rock Cafe, 5223 Orient Road, Tampa. $23. Toll-free 1-866-502-7529.

Second Annual Family Matters Concert Sun. 5 p.m. With Kontrolled Kaos, Serotonic. Fundraiser for Metropolitan Ministries. Skipper's Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $10. (813) 971-0666.

SoundCheck: Judas Priest, the Airborne Toxic Event, Molly Hatchet, George Thorogood and the Destroyers, Dave Koz and Friends, Tur-Drunken Day 2 11/23/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, November 23, 2011 3:30am]
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