Weekly concert picks: Elton John's farewell tour hits Tampa and more live music

The piano legend says goodbye to the Yellow Brick Road with a show at Amalie Arena. Other big concerts this week: KC and the Sunshine Band, Ghost, Minus the Bear and nothing, nowhere.
Published November 20 2018


Elton John

This can’t be the end of the Yellow Brick Road, can it? Not with Elton John still playing nearly three hours of hits to sold-out arenas across America? Doesn't John — still a relatively sprightly 71 in human years, and ageless as ever in spirit — still have so many songs left to play? True, he may keep writing music and playing one-offs, and some sort of Vegas or London residency seems inevitable. And then there’s that Taron Egerton-starring biopic Rocket Man that’s coming next year; he’s bound to play some shows around that. But he swears he’ll never again tour like he is right now. And so he’s going out like the glittering rhinestone he is, playing Tiny Dancer and Philadelphia Freedom and Candle in the Wind and Crocodile Rock and all the others to jam-packed venues like Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive in Tampa. The show at 8 p.m. Nov. 28 sold out in hours, so best of luck scouring scalper sites for entry. If it really is John’s last time in Tampa, whatever you pay will be worth it. (813) 301-2500. amaliearena.com.

GOING AWAY PARTY: Minus the Bear

Speaking of farewell tours, there’s another one happening Tuesday in Tampa. After 17 years, Seattle stalwarts Minus the Bear have decided to make one last trip across the country, culminating in a three-day hometown finale in mid-December. That means the alt-rockers have fewer than 20 shows left on this final run, which kicks off at 7 p.m. Nov. 28 at the Ritz Ybor, 1503 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. Send them off in style. Tera Melos opens. $25 and up. (813) 390-0397. ritzybor.com.


Ghost will probably be the heaviest show Ruth Eckerd Hall hosts all year. But it kind of makes sense if you think about it. The Grammy-winning Swedes incorporate so much gleeful theatricality into their faux-Satanist act that it practically demands to be staged like a Broadway play. Frontman Cardinal Copia (formerly known as Papa Emeritus) and company have rocked clubs, arenas and festivals across Tampa Bay, but this show in support of new album Prequelle could offer the best look yet at their mighty metallic mirth. If nothing else, it'll give you a chance to watch costumed ghouls race around on a big, beautiful stage, chainsawing out songs like Mummy Dust and Rats. 8 p.m. Sunday. 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $43.25 and up. (727) 791-7400. rutheckerdhall.com.



A little more than a year ago, Joe Mulherin, a.k.a. Nothing,Nowhere., became one of the faces of the nascent emo-rap movement through a glowing profile in the New York Times (which later named his album Reaper one of the best of 2017). At the time, the notice set him apart from peers like Lil Uzi Vert and the not-yet-deceased Lil Peep and XXXtentacion. A year later, he’s signed to emo label Fueled by Ramen, and the song that caught the ear of the national media, Hopes Up (featuring Dashboard Confessional’s Chris Carrabba), is still a jam. A dark and somber jam, but a jam nonetheless. Wicca Phase Springs Eternal, Smrtdeath and St. Panther open at 6 p.m. Saturday. Orpheum, 1915 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $18 and up. (813) 248-9500.

GET DOWN TONIGHT: KC and the Sunshine Band

How do we know KC and the Sunshine Band’s show Friday at Ruth Eckerd Hall is going to be a party? They’re bringing out the dance pit! Clearing out the first few rows of seats will give fans plenty of room to put on their boogie shoes and shake, shake, shake their booties to Hialeah’s own Harry Wayne Casey, right, and his 15-piece band. Bring those leopard-print clogs with the aquarium in the heels. 8 p.m. $50 and up. (Dance pit tickets are $100.)