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Rays Announce Concerts for 2009


Rays Renegade and M C Hammer, Summer 2008

One of the greatest thing about being a Rays fan was the Hess Express concert series last season. The Rays brought such acts as The Commodores,Trace Atkins, Loverboy and M C Hammer to the Trop on special Saturday night concert events. Well, the Rays are not going to let a great thing disappear as they just announced most of the acts that will grace the stage again on Saturday nights this season. These concerts were held right after the conclusion of select Saturday games and are FREE with the purchase of a game ticket. Not only did the team go 8-0 during these concerts in 2008, but the team averaged over 30,000 fan for each of the concert events.

Most of the concerts in 2008 were sold out before the day of the game, so it might be a great thing to purchase your tickets now before they sell out again. Only one performer or act is not signed, sealed and delivered yet for the concert series. It will be the May 30th game against the Minnesota Twins. there should be an announcement before that date on the act to appear. But there are plenty of confirmed acts that will knock the socks off of Rays fans this summer. Just a bit of advice, if you are seeking a great location for the events, the best area to purchase tickets is in the even numbered area from Section 126 off of first base, to Section 142 in the right field outfield seats. Any other location on the lower level to the north of Section 142 will not be able to get a clear view of the concert stage that will be set up facing south by south west towards the stands.

Full Season Ticket holders
who have seats in the Home Plate Club, Whitney Bank Club, Fieldside Box, Lower Infield Box, and Lower Box locations will again get wristbands for field access for the events. I will keep you posted and let you know if any news comes down concerning this great option for up close and personal viewing of the concerts. I know I was situated in the front rows of every concert last season and got some great pictures and video of the events. I even have a few videos floating around on Youtube and the Internet taken from those events with Trace Adkins and The Commodores. Be sure to check the below start times for the game this summer. They are designed to give the fans the true experience of the concert series without having to stay in the Trop past midnight on any of the concert events. 


Here is the tentative start times for games on those dates: 

Saturday, May 30   TBA vs. Twins 4:10 p.m.
Saturday, June 13  Ludacris vs. Nationals 6:08 p.m.
Saturday, June 27  Pat Benatar vs. Marlins 7:08 p.m.
Saturday, July 11  Smash Mouth vs. Athletics 6:08 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 1   Daughtry vs. Royals 6:08 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 15  B-52’s vs. Blue Jays 7:08 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 22  Big & Rich vs. Rangers 7:08 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 5  The Beach Boys vs. Tigers 
7:08 p.m.


TBA – May 30 – Rays vs. Twins, 4:10 p.m.

Not known yet, but you know they will be great!



Ludacris – June 13 – Rays vs. Nationals, 6:08 p.m.

You can call Chris “Ludacris” Bridges a number of things: hip-hop superstar, actor, entrepreneur, philanthropist, restaurateur, pitchman, online visionary and columnist.  All of these labels are accurate.  The Grammy Award-winning, Atlanta-based entertainment maven continues to expand his reach, and his musical prowess remains as potent as ever with singles such as “What Them Girls Like,” “Rollout,” “Money Maker,” “Stand Up,” “Southern Hospitality” and “Get Back.”

Pat Benatar – June 27 – Rays vs. Marlins, 7:08 p.m.

Four-time Grammy Award-winning singer Pat Benatar is best known for hit songs such as “Love Is a Battlefield” and “Hit Me with Your Best Shot.”  She has sold more than 12 million records, including two multi-platinum albums.  She also has 19 Top-40 singles to her credit.  Billboard magazine ranked her as the most successful female rock vocalist of all time.

Smash Mouth – July 11 – Rays vs. Athletics, 6:08 p.m.

With surf and garage influences, Smash Mouth found a hit in 1997 with the ’50s-influenced “Walkin’ on the Sun.”  The group was formed in 1994 in San Jose, Calif., by vocalist Steve Harwell. 
It became a No. 1 modern rock hit and pushed the album into the Top 40. The follow-up album Astro Lounge was released in 1999, generating the hit “All Star.”  The group also contributed numerous tracks to a plethora of motion pictures, most notably their cover of the Monkees’ “I’m a Believer” (from their eponymous release) to the soundtrack of 2001 hit movie Shrek.  Many of these appeared on the August 2005 Smash Mouth hits collection All Star Smash Hits.

Daughtry backstage at St Pete Times Forum show with Bon Jovi 2008

Daughtry – August 1 – Rays vs. Royals, 6:08 p.m.

Grammy-nominated guitarist, singer and songwriter Daughtry was the fourth-place finalist on the fifth season of American Idol and has since landed a deal with RCA Records.  His band’s self-titled debut album sold more than 1 million copies after only five weeks of release, becoming the fastest-selling debut record album in history.  In its ninth week of release, the album reached No. 1 on the Billboard charts.  Daughtry’s debut single “It’s Not Over” soared to No. 1 on the Adult Top-40 chart, the Hot AC chart and the Billboard Top Singles chart.  His follow-up singles “What About Now,” “Home,” and “Feels Like Tonight” also shot up the charts and remain top industry hits.  His second album is set for release this summer.

B-52’s – August 15 – Rays vs. Blue Jays, 7:08 p.m.

The first of many acts to cement the college town of Athens, Ga., as a hotbed of alternative music, the B-52’s took their name from the Southern slang for the mile-high bouffant wigs sported by singers Kate Pierson and Cindy Wilson, a look emblematic of the band’s campy, thrift-store aesthetic.  The five-piece group, which also included founding member Fred Schneider, the B-52’s are known for such hits as “Rock Lobster,” “Love Shack” and “Roam.”  In 2008 the band returned with a new album for the first time in 16 years. 


Big & Rich – August 22 – Rays vs. Rangers, 7:08 p.m.

Country music duo Big & Rich is comprised of singer-songwriters Big Kenny and John Rich.  In 2004, they released their first studio album, Horse of a Different Color, which featured what has become their signature song, “Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy)“.  This album also had three Top-40 singles, including “Wild West Show.”  In 2005, they released Comin’ to Your City, which included the Top-5 single of the same name.  Their 2007 album Between Raising Hell and Amazing Grace peaked at No. 1 on the charts. 


The Beach Boys – September 5 – Rays vs. Tigers, 7:08 p.m.

Beginning their career as the most popular surf band in the nation, The Beach Boys finally emerged by 1966 as America’s preeminent pop group, with hit singles such as “Surfin’ USA,” “Little Deuce Coupe” and the album “Pet Sounds.”  The Beach Boys remain an iconic group to this day, with timeless hits like “Kokomo,” “Good Vibrations,” “Barbara Ann,” and “Fun, Fun, Fun.”  According to Billboard, The Beach Boys are the No. 1 selling American band of all time.  They have had 36 Top-40 hits, the most of any U.S. rock band.


Be sure to buy your tickets early and be ready for some great time with the Rays this summer as we crank up the volume and again take in a night of great baseball and awesome music. Again, be sure to buy your tickets early to avoid the games selling out and you missing these great bands in 2009.
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                                4) Hollo Photographics ( Chris Hollo)

Kazmir’s Shutout keeps Rays in the Winning Fashion


Rays 2, White Sox 0


I could not believe that the Trop could hold 38,000 fans anymore. I was under the impression that the stadium had been re-configured to hold less, but then a Country Superstar like Trace Adkins probably has never had a concert in the middle of a outfield corner before either.  Trace was fantastic, and he sang one of the top “Star Spangled Banners” ever in the Trop before the game.


Trivia Fact of the Night:

In 1990, Oakland relief ace Dennis Eckersley had 48 saves and allowed only 45 baserunners all season.


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                                           The Good,The Bad,and The Ugly

                                               The Good

Rays’ ace Scott Kazmir set a Rays record of winning 5 straight games tonight. Kazmir and Mike Mussina are the only pitchers in the league who had 5 wins in the month of May. Since Scott lost his first decision after coming off the DL, Kazmir’s opposition batting average of .172 is the lowest among the league’s pitchers.



Kaz’s ERA has lowered to 1.22, which is also a Rays record for ANY month. The previous record was 1.43 in 1998 by Julio Santana. Kazmir’s 3-hit shutout mput an exclamation point on his comeback from an elbow injury in the Spring.

It also showed the league that the Rays will be a force for the rest of the season, now that their young ace is in shape and ready for each start.

The Rays have NEVER had a MLB Pitcher of the Month award winner in their 11 year history. 


Honorable Mention “Good Guys”:



***  Recently promoted Rays reliever Grant Balfour got his first MLB save last night. He retired the only batter he faced in the bottom of the 9th inning last night for the save. In Triple-A Durham, Balfour had only allowed 1 run in 15 appearances, spanning 23.2 innings. The only run allowed, was a homerun.

**  The Rays Akinora Iwamura has still not committed an error at second base, his new position this season.  Aki’s 41 hits lead the American League for May. Aki was only 9 shy of the Rays hit record of 50 set by Carl Crawford. With his 2 hits Friday, he became the 5th Rays to record 40 hits in a month.


Cliff Floyd has been preaching the virtues of confidience and teamwork all year to the young guys on the squad. He has been a great example of professional leadership and style for the year.


Cliff decided to use his bat to put a finally stamp on that committment and get the Rays another victory over the White Sox. Floyd was almost pulled in the bottom of the 4th inning for a pinch hitter, but Carlos Pena struck out to end the inning. In the top of the 5th, Cliff hit a blast to right that sealed the victory for the Rays. It was Floyd’s 4th homer for the Rays this season.


                                                       The Bad

The Rays struck out 12 times last night, with Aki Iwamura and Carlos Pena each striking out 3 times for the night. The Rays are an agressive team, and one of the statistics that is elevated with a agressive style is the ratio of strikeouts in a game. The rays currently have 412 strikeouts, which ranks 5th in the majors.

The Rays also lead the majors in another category. They have been caught stealing 23 times this season. That stat is 3 more than the Cincinnati Reds, who are in second place in the league.


                                                      The Ugly

The “Ugly” of tonight is not a game situation, or a team player. It is the system that the Rays are employing to get people down to the field for the Summer concert series. Last week, I was able to get up to the top of the seating bowl and descend down to the field for the concert on the field.

 My wristband, given to Season Ticketholders and “special guests” was admittance to the field level for an up close and personal view of the concert.

Well, being Country Night, maybe the Rays decided that we needed to be hearded into the First Base Food Court between the white fencing in the back of the hallway. I am fine with being there waiting to go down to the field level and enjoy the concert.

The problem I have, was with the execution of the Rays for us getting there. We were huddled in this fencing in the hall, when we could see on the television monitors next to us, people being let on the turf by security that did not come up here and wait like we did the entire inning.

 They got the primo positions up front and the crowd was 4 deep when the first group arrived at the field gates. I still got great videos of the concert, but I had to vent somewhere, and you got to see the result.

I hope the Rays revise their Concert series plans before the next big event during the Latin night celebration.  They will have several weeks to perfect and get the “kinks” out of this new idea. The idea was great, but the execution left alot to be desired.