Such is the enduring power of the mighty Van Halen — the real VH, that is, with Diamond David Lee Roth leading the rock circus — that even though the boys have been a mess for a long time, fresh news of a reunion tour has been greeted with unabashed fanboy squeals.
Who knows if the weathered warriors can still bring the heat of Hot for Teacher and Panama? But you better believe a lot of suburban dirtballs will pay to find out when DLR and Van Halens Eddie, Alex and Wolfgang come to the Tampa Bay Times Forum on April 12. Ticket info is still to come.
(Opening act? Kool and the Gang. We say 'Brilliant!')
Jamming for Jimi
The critically hailed Experience Hendrix Tour, in which a cavalcade of all-star guitarists and musicians pay tribute to Jimi Hendrix, has announced a March 15 date at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater.
Among the artists scheduled to appear: Jonny Lang, Kenny Wayne Shephard, Robert Randolph, Aerosmith's Brad Whitford, Dweezil Zappa, The Doors' Robby Krieger, Los Lobos' David Hidalgo and Cesar Rosas, Eric Johnson, the Slide Brothers, Chris Layton (of Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble) and — in perhaps the most authentic touch — bassist Billy Cox of the Band of Gypsies and Jimi Hendrix Experience.
Tickets are $45, $65, $85 and $100, and they're going on sale at noon on Jan. 14.
Erykah Badu, Morris Day and the Time (who these days call themselves The Original 7ven), Fantasia, Charlie Wilson, Slick Rick, Evelyn "Champagne" King and El Debarge will headline Funk Fest 2012, scheduled for April 6-7 at St. Petersburg's Vinoy Park.
This. Sounds. Awesome.
Today only, you can purchase an early-bird ticket to both days of Funk Fest 2012 for just $50. Get them at a handful of businesses around Tampa Bay.