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Kenny G, who performs at Coachman Park in Clearwater on 4/21/17.Photo by Chapman Baehler

Music Planner: Neil Diamond, Kenny G, Spring Jam, Record Store Day, Ronny Elliott

  GOLDEN DIAMOND: Neil Diamond   It can be easy these days to overlook Neil Diamond's expansive catalog of hits, both his own and written for others. But then you pick up a collection like Neil Diamond 50 — 50th Anniversary Collection, a new 50-song retrospective released to commemorate the golden anniversary of hi …

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  1. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers: Greatest American rock band ever? Let's make the case

    Music & Concerts

    Florida can't lay claim to many cultural superlatives.

    Tom Petty is an icon, a Hall of Famer, one of the all-time great rock songsmiths. His Heartbreakers have mostly been with him since Day 1 back in Gainesville. Together they’ve produced several careers’ worth of epic American rock songs, a body of work few can match.
  2. Hey, Sir Paul McCartney is coming to Tampa's Amalie Arena on July 10

    Music & Concerts

    When Kevin Preast came to Amalie Arena in early 2016, his bosses issued a challenge:

    Paul McCartney performs on day 2 of the 2016 Desert Trip music festival at Empire Polo Field on Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016, in Indio, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
  3. Hernando Symphony Orchestra closes season with Kaleidoscope concerts

    Music & Concerts

    Egyptian Legacy is a full-orchestral piece that will have audience members feeling as if they are on a journey through ancient Egypt, perhaps with visions of pyramids, or the Abu Simbel temple, or the Great Sphinx.

    Michele DiLuzio will lead the Hernando Symphony Orchestra as it completes its 2016-17 season with concerts April 28 to 30.
  4. Bananarama to reunite original lineup after 29 years

    Blogs

    How can this be a cruel summer when we get word of this? Bananarama has announced they will reunite as a trio and tour the UK this year, according to a rep …

  5. Looking Back: It's not unusual for Tom Jones to be loved by everyone (August 10, 1971)

    Music & Concerts

    This story appeared in the pages of the St. Petersburg Times on August 10, 1971. What follows is the text of the original story, interspersed with photos of the event taken by Times staff photographer Larry Alspaugh.

    Entertainer Tom Jones is greeted at Tampa International Airport by his fans. 

TIMES | Larry Alspaugh
  6. For Record Store Day, Mojo Books and Records owners look back on 10 years of growth

    Music & Concerts

    A decade ago, opening a brick-and-mortar book and record store was as dicey an investment as it still sounds today. That didn't stop Dan Drummond and Melanie Cade from opening such a shop near the University of South Florida in Tampa.

    Melanie Cade stands for a portrait at Mojo Books and Records in Tampa, Fla. on Friday, April 14, 2017.    The store is celebrating its 10th anniversary. CHARLIE KAIJO   |   Times
  7. Interview: Kenny G comes to Clearwater, the perfect sax solo always on his mind

    Music & Concerts

    Thinking of picking up the saxophone? Great! Wonderful! Kenny G 100 percent supports your decision!

    Just don't ask him for lessons.

    UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - SEPTEMBER 30:  Musician Kenny G performs at the 2015 LA’s Promise Gala at Universal Studios Hollywood on September 30, 2015 in Universal City, California.  (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
  8. Tracklist leaked for Prince’s ‘Purple Rain’ reissue

    Blogs

    Most die-hard Prince and ‘80s fans know that a reissue of Prince’s Purple Rain album is coming June 9. But the list of tunes to be included on the 3-disc set has been top secret. Until now.