The Killers are playing a concert at the Tampa Orpheum in Ybor City

The concert happens on November 21.

click to enlarge The Killers are playing a concert at the Tampa Orpheum in Ybor City

In 2004, I worked security at the Masquerade (now The Ritz) in Ybor City. One of the biggest shows that year was by a fast-rising band called The Killers.

Fifteen years later, the Las Vegas outfit is a bonafide global superstar set to headline night one of 97X’s Next Big Thing on Friday, November 22. What’s crazy, however, is that frontman Brandon Flowers & co. are going for a warmup the night before at the relatively tiny Orpheum.

Tickets for what’s being billed as a Next Big Thing pre-party go on sale Friday, November 15 at 10 a.m. and cost $75. More information is at

The Orpheum’s Facebook page says capacity at the venue is 720. Good luck getting in.

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Ray Roa

Read his 2016 intro letter and disclosures from 2022 and 2021. Ray Roa started freelancing for Creative Loafing Tampa in January 2011 and was hired as music editor in August 2016. He became Editor-In-Chief in August 2019. Past work can be seen at Suburban Apologist, Tampa Bay Times, Consequence of Sound and The...
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