Fall Arts Best Bets: The Big Drawers and RAWK!


[image-1]Four bands known to rock out with their cocks out make pitstops in Tampa. Fuck yeah! The infamously heavy metal rawking Motörhead (Tues., Sept. 15, The Ritz Ybor, Ybor City, $26); the indie hot stuff rock-your-face-offers The Killers (Fri., Oct. 2, USF Sun Dome, Tampa, $33-$48); the onetime-metal-sellouts-now-going-back-to-their-old-school-roots-to-get-back-some-street-cred Metallica (Sat., Oct. 3, St. Pete Times Forum, Tampa, $52.25 and $72.25); the horror show comedy monsters, GWAR (Sun., Oct. 4, The Ritz, Ybor City, $19-$22); and Germany’s significant, international industrial rock heavy hitters KMFDM (Sat., Oct. 31, Jannus Landing, St. Petersburg, $22.50). Not so sure how hard Alice Cooper is gonna rock it at Ruth Eckerd Hall for his “Theatre of Death Tour '09,” but it could be fun to see him in his bloody stage getup at the classy venue (Friday, Oct. 2, Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater, $35-$65).

So far, we've given you a heads up about a range of this fall's best bets in music — Leonard Cohen, electronica artists from Paul Van Dyk to Junior Boys, Yo Yo Ma, a quintet of quality indie artists (The Decemberists and MuteMath, among others) who are not stopping in Tampa but at least gracing us with their presence in nearby Orlando, and a couple of worthy jazz shows. Here are rest.

The Big Drawers

We get most of the big tours in Tampa because we have the audiences and venues to support them. This fall is no exception and the biggest among them are longtime barn burners Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band (Sat., Sept. 12, Ford Amphitheatre, Tampa, $36-$98); U2, the first band to play Ray Jay solo, i.e., not for any Super Bowl festivities. (Fri., Oct. 9, Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, $30-$250); and the queen of teeny bop pop herself, Miley Cyrus (Tues., Dec. 1, St. Pete Times Forum, Tampa, $39.50-$79.50).

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