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‘Can’t Fight This Feeling’ That REO Speedwagon’s Rays Concert Is Gonna Rock

Hey, what did you want me to do? The Tampa Bay Online story about how REO Speedwagon is one of the big stars who are lined up to perform during the Tampa Bay Rays’ Summer Concert Series already used the obligatory “Take It On The Run” reference. I operate within the confines set out for me. Deal with it.

I’ve had a lot of fun at the Sportress – alright, not a lot two posts-worth of fun – making light of the Rays’ wildly Saturday night summer concert series performers, but to land REO Speedwagon, during prime state fair circuit time, is a major coup for the team. And if that weren’t enough, check out who else the Rays have lined up to entertain the fans:

Joining REO Speedwagon (April 30) on the concert schedule are the Goo Goo Dolls (Aug. 6) and Miranda Lambert (Sept. 24).

Those acts join Darius Rucker (May 14), who was announced earlier this spring.

Goo Goo Dolls? More like Goo Goo Goody, amirite? But seriously, the summer concert series have been a wildly successful promotional coup for the Rays. Instead of drawing their customary 5,000 fans to the baseball park atrocity that is Tropicana Field, the Rays have drawn well during the concerts, averaging more than 30,000 fans…for the Go-Go’s…and Bret Michaels. So there’s that. But the powers that be elected to build an indoor ballpark in Florida and as the saying goes, you reap what you sow. But I guess that’s the way they want it. Baby.

And now, for no reason other than I feel like it and this is my blog and I can do whatever the hell I want, here’s Me First & The Gimme Gimmes’ version of “Take It On The Run.” Enjoy.

REO Speedwagon, Lambert set for Rays summer concert series [Tampa Bay Online]