Shaq, aka DJ Diesel, to perform live at the Monster’s Ball in Tampa

DJ on stage with his hands up. Pyro goes off in front of the stage as the fans in the crowd jump and cheer
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Shaq is coming to Tampa! The basketball legend, broadcast personality, and actor is set to spin as DJ Diesel at The Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Tampa on October 28. General admission tickets are $60, but VIP passes are also available.

DJ Diesel will be joined by Sara Benyo. This is all part of the Hard Rock’s big Monster’s Ball extravaganza ahead of Halloween. The festivities begin at 10pm and continue late into the evening.


“Diesel sets are a riot. I always tell fans to come for a journey that they’ll never forget. We’re going to head-bang, sing, laugh, cry and most importantly all be together,” Shaq said in an interview for

Shaq is spinning this Halloween weekend in Tampa

“Athletes who want to be musicians don’t understand that you can’t just use your platform to become successful. If the art you put out is wack, people will politely—or rudely—say, ‘No thank you.’” Shaq said in the same interview. “For me, I realized that from the jump. I put myself in the studio with Redman, Erik Ermon, Al Skratch, Def Jef, and other legendary musicians and told them to teach me. It’s all about positioning yourself around the right people.”

Owned and operated by the Seminole Tribe of Florida, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa is one of the largest and most successful casinos in the world offering award-winning gaming, hospitality, and entertainment. The casino offers nearly 5,000 of the hottest slot machines, 179 table games, a state-of-the-art Poker Room featuring 46 tables and a smoke-free Mezzanine Level Casino. The 800-room hotel is AAA Four Diamond rated and proudly offers 12 restaurants, including upscale dining venues Council Oak Steaks & Seafood, The Rez Grill, and Cipresso. 


The Hard Rock Hotel is located at 5223 Orient Road.

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