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Paul McCartney, Rod Stewart, Roger Waters lead a new British Invasion of Tampa this week

BRITISH INVASION: Rod Stewart, Paul McCartney, Roger Waters

In July 1967, Rod Stewart was singing with the Jeff Beck Group alongside his future Faces bandmate Ronnie Wood. Paul McCartney and the Beatles released All You Need Is Love, which hit No. 1 on both sides of the Atlantic. Roger Waters and Pink Floyd made their debut on the BBC's Top of the Pops, performing See Emily Play.

Fifty years later, the British Invasion is still happening — it's just all going down in Tampa. Stewart, McCartney and Waters, with 220 years and a couple of knighthoods among them, will play Amalie Arena over the course of four nights this week. 401 Channelside Drive. (813) 301-2500.

First up is Stewart, fresh off an appearance at England's Isle of Wight Festival. With no new album to promote since 2015's Another Country, the '70s sex symbol has been peppering his sets these days with wall-to-wall hits, from Maggie May to Ooh La La to You Wear It Well. He'll be joined at 7:30 p.m. Saturday by Cyndi Lauper. Remaining tickets start at $66 on Ticketmaster.

For the second course we get McCartney at 8 p.m. Monday, a show that sold out the day it went on sale. No surprise: It's the Cute One's first Tampa concert in a dozen years, and only his fourth overall. McCartney's recent sets have not only been sprawling and career-spanning, but also surprising — over the past five years, he has offered fans live debuts of numerous Beatles and Wings songs, including Eight Days a Week and Lovely Rita. Whatever he's got cooking for Tampa, the second North American stop on his new One on One Tour will no doubt be historic.

Then at 8 p.m. Tuesday it's Waters' new Us + Them Tour, which he's said might be his last of this scale. And what a scale it will be — his last tour, performing Pink Floyd's The Wall, is among the highest-grossing of all time. He'll deliver Pink Floyd hits and phantasmagoric visuals, as well as songs from his first solo album in 25 years, Is This the Life We Really Want? $51.25 and up on Ticketmaster.

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JOCK JAMS: Lauren Alaina, Kool and the Gang

Never let it be said that sports fans in St. Petersburg don't get their money's worth when it comes to live music. This weekend, the Rays and Rowdies will both throw fans a couple of big, free postgame concerts.

Thursday the Rowdies take on FC Cincinnati in a match marking Independence Day a couple of days late. A team of parachutists from U.S. Special Operations Command at MacDill Air Force Base will deliver an American flag for the national anthem, and funk-pop pioneers Kool and the Gang will be on hand afterward to Get Down On It with hits like Jungle Boogie and Celebration. 8 p.m. $10 and up. (727) 222-2000.

Then country singer Lauren Alaina performs after the Rays and Boston Red Sox at 1:10 p.m. Sunday. The Georgia native finished second to Scotty McCreery on American Idol in 2011, but only this year does it seem like she's fully broken through in Nashville. She notched her first No. 1 single, Road Less Traveled, from the album of the same name; received her first Academy of Country Music Award nomination (New Female Vocalist of the Year); and took home a CMT Award for Breakthrough Video of the Year. If her presence isn't enough to lure you in, as a bonus, kids 14 and younger will receive a free toy truck while supplies last. The concert is free with your game ticket. No field wristbands will be issued; the stage will face the stands along the right-field line.

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Maybe it's singer Brandon Boyd's acrobatic voice and surfer-god bod. Maybe it's a catalog of alt-rock hits that still pop up in rotation on modern radio, including Drive, Pardon Me and Wish You Were Here. Whatever the reason, we're now eight albums and more than 25 years into Incubus, and demand for the band has stayed steady. The new album 8 balances the band's signature Cali crunch-rock sound with some experimental sounds and rhythms, although there's nothing as funky and chunky as their early LPs. When they hit Tampa's MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, 4802 U.S. 301 N, at 6:45 p.m. Friday, they'll be joined by turn-of-the-Aughts emo icons Jimmy Eat World. They also have a new album, Integrity Blues, and like most of the albums you've probably ignored since 2001's Bleed American, it's got several songs just as driving and melodic as Sweetness and The Middle, including Sure and Certain and You Are Free. Rounding out the bill is "folk-hop" outfit Judah and the Lion, purveyors of the hit Take It All Back 2.0. $21.50 and up. (813) 740-2446.


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