Comedian Gallagher brings Last Smash’ tour to Clearwater
After more than three decades on the road, sledgehammer-wielding comedian Gallagher is planning to hang it up, and his final tour includes a stop this month in Clearwater. Gallagher, 66, who went to Tampa’s Plant High School and the University of South Florida, brings “Gallagher’s Last Smash” to the Capitol Theatre at 7 p.m. March 24. Gallagher announced in October that he was retiring after the tour. He suffered his third heart attack earlier in 2012. The Capitol, at 405 Cleveland St., announced the show will be the final performance at the 93-year-old theater before it closes for extensive renovations. The theater plans to reopen with a new look by the end of the year.A news release from the venue said Gallagher would be live on stage to “physically slam the building shut,” and urged fans to experience a “once in a lifetime disaster.” Tickets go on sale at noon Monday at the Ruth Eckerd Hall ticket office, 1111 McMullen- Booth Road, Clearwater, by calling (727) 791-7400, or going to www.atthecap.com. Tickets start at $19.21, in honor of the year the Capitol opened. Gallagher rose to fame in the 1980s with a prop-driven act that included his signature move of smashing watermelons on stage with a sledgehammer called the “Sledge-O-Matic. In recent years, his act has included more social and political commentary.