They are one of Central Florida’s most successful rock acts over the past decade, and Set It Off the Tampa quartet is putting on a special event in the Orlando area to celebrate the upcoming release of their new album. The Tampa quartet is offering local fans a killer opportunity to share in the excitement of the release for Upside Down which hits the streets on October 7th.
Hey Mercedes’ Damon Atkinson Interview
Hey Mercedes is in the midst of a nice resurgence in popularity, as they prepare to cruise into Orlando for a very special night of Alternative rock on this Friday, August 12th. Learn about their favorite Orlando ritual, who the vinyl nerd in the band is, and when you can expect new music from the guys…
Dru Cutler Interview with RARA’s Farm at FMF 2016
At this year’s Florida Music Festival, I met a slew of talented new bands, most of them from the Sunshine State, but my favorite new discovery was Dru Cutler, a hard-working talent from Brooklyn, NY.
Torche has restored my faith in rock music.
I have been very vocal about how much I like Torche. They raised the bar again when they recently played the New World Brewery in Tampa. Torche is hands down one of the best live shows around, and they prove time and time again why they should be closer to the top of the pantheon of the current metal scene.
One of the bands is Alt-Rock royalty, and the other, the hottest band on today’s Alt-Rock charts. The result is one of the most anticipated summer tours of the year.
A Sublime Evening in Tampa
“Summertime and the living’s easy, and Bradley’s on the microphone with Ras M.G.” say the lyrics to Sublime’s 1996 hit “Doin’ Time”. Fast forward almost twenty years, and neither Bradley Nowell, nor Marshall Goodman, a.k.a Ras M.G. were on the microphone, but the sound they created, and the mellow vibes that go along with it were in the air at Tampa’s Midflorida Credit Union Amphitheatre on August 14th.
The Maine Thank Their Fans With A Free Tour
Over the course of their eight year, five album career, The Maine have developed a very special relationship with their avid fans, The Maine-iacs. They’re about to kick that commitment up a notch with their 100% Free For All Tour, which hits 13 cities, including two in our area later this year. No details available yet on their website about how the free tickets will be distributed, but they are playing some decent sized venues, which is great news for area fans.
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Def Leppard and Styx Impress Tampa Rock Fans
“Besides the Rolling Stones tour, the Def Leppard/Styx/Tesla show is the biggest classic rock tour of the summer” according to the Bradenton Herald, and RARAsFarm hit the road to see them on the first night of their summer tour!
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On Tuesday night, the classic rock legends kicked off their 60 city tour on a thunderous night in Tampa.
Almost as soon as we arrived at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, the skies opened up with some torrential rains and an amazing lightning show that lasted long enough to cancel Tesla.
Since the Amphitheatre was not letting folks in until the lightning stopped we tailgated in the parking lot and endured a lengthy delay, before finally slipping in to find several thousand people already jumping in and out of their drenched seats to the legendary Styx. We, however, only got to catch a few of their songs, which was amplified by the fact that they had to shorten their setlist due to time, noise ordinances, and the desire to let Def Leppard perform their entire setlist.
They still dished out a hit-packed set, including “The Grand Illusion,” “Too Much Time On My Hands,” “Foolin’ Yourself,” “Miss America” and “Blue Collar Man,” before closing their night with rollicking versions of “Come Sail Away” and “Renegade” which every single person in attendance sang along to. The stage backdrop featured album covers, as Tommy Shaw (vocals and guitar) took charge of the crowd and entertained us all by prowling the stage with fervid enthusiasm, shouting out to the crowd “All you fabulous brave people who are out here braving the lightning – thank you!”
The crowd was immediately on their feet as Def Leppard took the stage and started singing “Rock! Rock! Till You Drop.” The band, all nearing 60, still look like the consummate rock and roll animals they have been since the 80’s. And, on this night, they boasted a clear British flair. The band is an anomaly in today’s classic rock landscape, as they still feature their original line-up – a rare treat.
Phil Collen, strutted around the stage shirtless, showing off his buff chest, donning a special guitar he received as a gift for his 50th birthday which reads London 1957 in bold black letters. Vocalist Joe Elliot had his mic stand wrapped in a British Flag, while drummer, Rick Allen, had the flag emblazoned on the large headphones he wore, and bassist Rick Savage played a bass guitar with the flag painted on it.
“Tonight we set the limit – this is where it all starts – 59 more shows!” Elliott also announced to the crowd on behalf of their old tourmates, Tesla, that “they’re really sorry they couldn’t play – let’s give them a round of applause”.
Elliott and his bandmates owned the stage and the crowd as they delivered hits such as “Animal,” “Foolin’,” “Love Bites,” “Armageddon It,” “Rocket,” “Hysteria” and “Bringin’ on the Heartbreak.” They also offered up a cool cover version of David Essex’s “Rock On.”
As Elliott introduced Def Leppard, he specifically wanted to give a shout out to their long time guitarist Vivian Campbell who was out in LA visiting with doctors, who he “hoped to see him back on the road in a couple days.” Campbell has been fighting Hodgkins Lymphoma and has since noted on their webpage that he will be rejoining the tour Saturday in Birmingham, Alabama! Trixter guitarist Steve Brown filled in wonderfully for this show, highlighted by a jam session after “Bringin’ on the Heartbreak.”
Other highlights included a phenomenal bass solo by Rick Savage, and a nice acoustic version of “Two Steps Behind” from Joe Elliott. Barefoot drummer Rick Allen did a bit of a drum solo that had everyone cheering!
They closed their set with “Pour some Sugar on Me” which had the entire crowd singing along. The crowd begged for more, and after a brief break, drummer Rick Allen uttered the famous words “gunter, glieben, glauchen, globen” which started the encore “Rock of Ages.” They ended the night with their timeless hit “Photograph” and Elliot’s words: “Until next time – and there WILL be a next time!”
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