Bruce Springsteen performs in Tampa

Guitar great Tom Morello joins the Boss and E Street Band

May 1, 2014 

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Bruce Springsteen will perform today in Tampa.ASSOCIATED PRESS


It's the best weekend for big-name live music acts in this area in a very long time, and by far the biggest name is Bruce Springsteen.

He'll be at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre today in Tampa.

After all these decades Springsteen and his E Street Band still offer one of the most powerful live shows of any act in the world. Even if their albums don't knock you out, the concert likely will.

Tom Morello (ex-Rage Against the Machine and ex-Audioslave) is at least a temporary member of the E Street Band. He's filling in for Steve Van Zandt, who's doing his TV thing. (He's the star of the Norwegian detective series "Lilyhammer.")

Morello played on most of the tracks of Springsteen's latest album, "High Hopes," which came out in January.

Springsteen usually performs these days with a horn section and other side players, so expect a stage packed with excellent musicians

The Springsteen concert is being billed as a kick-off concert for the three-day Big Guava festival, which gets underway in earnest Friday at the amphitheater, and features the Violent Femmes, Outkast, Vampire Weekend, Cake and tons of other bands.

The Springsteen show was not sold out as of Wednesday, which is kind of surprising.

Details: 7 p.m. May 1, MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, 4802 U.S. 301, Tampa. Tickets: $53.35-$143.50. Information: 813-740-2446,

-- Marty Clear

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