Hot Ticket: KISS continues farewell tour, see the Dead & Company in Florida too

Dave Osborn
Naples Daily News

As the United States emerges from the pandemic, musicians, comedians and other entertainers are once again planning tours.

Before the pandemic, the USA Today Network Florida provided details on some of the hottest acts in the state with our Hot Ticket to help you plan ahead.

It's back, with information on the latest on upcoming concerts, shows or ticket sale information from South Florida to Pensacola and places in-between.

If you want to find out about a show not listed or when tickets go on sale for a show you want to see, email dosborn@gannett.com.

FILE - In this Tuesday, July 20, 2004 file photo, Gene Simmons, bass player for the band Kiss, performs during their performance at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, N.J. The heavy metal veterans are joining a growing list of classic acts putting out new music through the superstore:  "Sonic Boom" is due to be released only at Wal-Mart and Sam's Club on Oct. 6, 2009. The three-disc project will include a CD of new music, re-recorded versions of their famous hits and a live DVD. The project represents their first album of new music in 11 years.  (AP Photo/Christopher Barth, File) ORG XMIT: NY119

KISS

Shout it out loud: KISS is touring for the final time (well, this version, anyway).

The band's End of the Road World Tour reaches Florida for two concerts in October before heading to Europe. The shows are Oct. 8 at iTHINK Financial Amphitheatre in West Palm Beach, with lawn tickets from $39.50. 

KISS on Oct. 9 also plays MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre at the Florida State Fairgrounds, just off Interstate 4, in Tampa. Lawn tickets also start at $39.50.

My favorite KISS song pays tribute to my hometown (you'll figure it out), with the most popular song being "Rock And Roll All Nite."

The iconic 1970s touring arena band's four original members entered the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2014.

Oteil Burbridge, from left, Bill Kreutzmann, Bob Weir, John Mayer, Mickey Hart and Jeff Chimenti have been touring together as Dead & Company since 2015.

Dead & Company

This band of mainly former Grateful Dead members is truckin' toward Florida this fall.

I've never been much of a Deadhead, other than before my first cup of coffee in the morning. But "Sugar Magnolia" is such a jam, one of my all-time favorite songs. 

It appears Dead & Company will bring to life Florida rock fans a few days before KISS when the band performs Oct. 6 at iTHINK Financial Amphitheatre in West Palm Beach and then Oct. 7 at MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa.

Lawn tickets for West Palm start at $51.50 then go up to $300 or more for the seats. All that remains for the Tampa concert are tickets in the $150-and-up range.

The Grateful Dead formed in California in 1965, while Dead & Company became a band in 2015 and includes musician and songwriter John Mayer. 

Dead & Company plays many of the original Dead's hits, including "Truckin,'" "Touch of Grey," "Friend of the Devil," "Uncle John's Band" and many more.

The Killers will headline Sandjam Music Festival on Oct. 1-3 in Panama City Beach.

The Killers 

Formed 20 year ago in Las Vegas, The Killers bring a unique sound that's a mix of indie-rock, dance rock and just good-old hard rock at times.

The band recently announced its tour, with a stop Oct. 1-3 at the Sandjam Music Festival in Panama City. The Killers headline the weekend music festival, along with Jacksonville-based Shinedown and the New York City-based AJR.

General admission tickets run $99 before fees. 

If you miss The Killers this fall, you can catch them when their tour returns to Florida next year: Sept. 22, 2022, at FTX Arena and Sept. 23, 2022, at Amway Center in Orlando.

And yes, tickets are on sale for both if you really want to plan ahead and a presale code is required.

The Killers have had numerous hits including "Mr. Brightside," "Somebody Told Me" and "My Own Soul's Warning" from the latest album, "Imploding the Mirage," that dropped in 2020.

Speaking of Shinedown, see them this fall at three Florida venues: Oct. 2 at 98ROCKFEST at Amalie Arena in Tampa; Oct. 8 at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre; and Oct. 9 at Tinker Field in Orlando.

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The Tampa tickets start at $35, the St. Augustine show starts at $42.50 and general admission Orlando tickets are from $80.

Shinedown formed in 2001 and has released six studio albums, the most recent "Attention, Attention" in 2018.

The group's biggest hits so far have been "State of My Head," "MONSTERS" and "Simple Man," their cover of the fellow Jacksonville rockers Lynyrd Skynyrd.

Dave Osborn is the regional features editor of the Naples Daily News and News-Press. Follow him on Instagram @detroitdave88 and on Twitter @NDN_dosborn.