A pair of big-time rock bands with nostalgic-leaning tours have just booked relatively intimate concerts in St. Petersburg.
First up are Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Deep Purple, who are bringing their long-running "Long Goodbye" tour to the Mahaffey Theater on Sept. 27. The band -- comprised these days of Ian Gillan, Roger Glover, Ian Paice, Steve Morse and Don Airey -- will riff through influential hits like Smoke On the Water in what may very well be their last appearance in Tampa Bay. Tickets are $59.50 and up, and go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday. Click here for details.
Then there's Incubus, the California alt-rockers known for radio staples like Wish You Were Here and Nice To Know You. They're hitting the road in celebration of the 20th anniversary of their breakthrough album Make Yourself, featuring the hits Pardon Me, Drive and Stellar. That show is Nov. 30, with Le Butcherettes opening. Tickets are $59.50 and up. Click here for details.
If the ticket prices didn't tip you off, these are rare chances to see both Deep Purple and Incubus outside an amphitheater or arena. Incubus hasn't played a local venue this intimate since at least 2000. And Deep Purple hasn't played Tampa Bay at all since 2007 -- and before that, 1973. So don't be surprised if seats sell quickly.
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