Until Roger Waters and David Gilmour bury the hatchet and do a proper Pink Floyd reunion tour to end all reunion tours, Waters' solo shows are about as good as it gets for those of us who spent more time spinning Floyd discs than is probably healthy for anyone's psyche.
Saturday's Ford Amphitheatre concert is being billed as "The creative genius of Pink Floyd performing The Dark Side of the Moon." Yeah, statements like that probably piss off Gilmour to no end. But Waters did write all the lyrics to Dark Side and even though he isn't the guitar great or even as good of vocalist as Gilmour, the "creative genius" should have no problem re-creating the 1973 masterpiece that, to this day, remains mandatory listening for disillusioned teens in search of escape — and adults needing to get lost in a sweet haze of nostalgia.
Roger Waters, 8 p.m. Sat., May 19, Ford Amphitheatre, Tampa. $25.25 (lawn) $70.75-$129.50. —Wade Tatangelo
All in the Family
Stephen and younger brother Damian Marley had no problem wowing a crowd of mostly Young Jeezy fans when they joined forces at 98.7's Wild Splash festival back in March. Stephen, who looks, sings and poses on stage just like his legendary father, Bob, is a Grammy-winning producer and former member of sibling Ziggy's Melody Makers. Stephen is touring in support of his solo debut, Mind Control, which boasts material that recalls the classic sounds his father pioneered in the '60s and '70s. Stephen's show in March included impassioned readings of his dad's protest anthem "Get Up, Stand Up" and the bouncy ballad "Could You Be Loved." Damian raps rather than sing, championing the poverty-stricken people of his native Jamaica on songs from Welcome to Jamrock, his '05 release that cracked the Billboard Top 10.
Stephen Marley w/ Damian "Junior Gong" Marley, Sat., May 19, Jannus Landing, St. Petersburg. $19.99 (adv), $25 (day of show). —WT
Rooooad trip! The Arctic Monkeys, last year's heavily buzzed band from Sheffield, England, is not making a Tampa Bay stop, but fans of taut, hotwired post-punk should find the 90-or-so minute drive well worth it. When word reached the States about Arctic Monkeys last spring, the hype machine was in such high gear that I was immediately incredulous. But I found the CD Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not pretty much worthy of the hoopla. The band sings detailed songs about life in working-class England and does it with a crash-and-burn abandon topped with a sneer. The album didn't blow up, probably because it was a little too British and lacked the go-down-easy polish of a band like Coldplay. Arctic Monkeys recently released their follow-up, Favourite Worst Nightmare, and it builds on the coiled power of its predecessor. Opening will be the Nashville punk-rock band Be Your Own Pet, three dudes and a chick.
Arctic Monkeys w/ Be Your Own Pet, 8 p.m. Sun., May 20, Hard Rock Live, Orlando. $30 reserved balcony; $25 floor, general admission. hardrock.com/live2/live.asp —Eric Snider