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We want our money back! 10 artists who owe Tampa fans a makeup concert

It's been a bummer of a month for music fans in Tampa Bay. First, rainy weather shafted University of Tampa students out of a free concert by Slightly Stoopid on April 25. Then the Flaming Lips postponed their May 12 Jannus Live concert due to guitarist Steven Drozd's health concerns.

Then again, we should be used to this by now, shouldn't we? Slightly Stoopid and the Flaming Lips are only the most recent big-name artists to back out of Tampa Bay concerts at the last minute. Here are 10 other artists who owe Tampa Bay a rain check:

1. Coldplay (above): Man, these guys love jerking us around. In 2005, they canceled a gig at the Ford Amphitheatre due to singer Chris Martin's respiratory infection. After making nice with a gig at the FordAmp in 2006, they were all set to return there last August ... when they canceled the day of the show, again due to Martin's sagging vocals. If they ever get back to Tampa, we expect Martin to sing a three-hour gig to make up for it.

2. Aerosmith: The legendary rockers had all sorts of problems last year, starting with singer Steven Tyler's medical issues and ending with the band's near-implosion. In between, the band "postponed" several dates, including one in July at the Ford Amphitheatre. Originally, we were told they would quickly schedule a makeup date. We're still waiting.

3. Drake: One of the hottest new rappers in recent memory was scheduled to open for Lil Wayne last Labor Day weekend at the Ford Amphitheatre, before a knee injury knocked him out of a number of concerts. This spring he came to Orlando, with a gig at the UCF Arena ... but we hope he remembers he owes Tampa a date, too.

4. Stone Temple Pilots: Scott Weiland and company left fans hanging in August 2008 when they pulled out of a FordAmp show at the last minute with little to no advance notice. Message-board speculation was rampant, with some fans claiming they even saw band members in town before the show.

5. Morrissey: The former Smiths frontman is no stranger to misery. He was forced to cancel a gig in February 2009 at Jannus Landing due to illness. Heaven knows he's better now, but still, please, please, please let us get what we want: Another Morrissey concert.

6. The Dixie Chicks: Back in 2006, the Dixie Chicks were flying high, thanks to their career-reaffirming album Taking the Long Way. Unfortunately, they completely dissed Tampa in October 2006 when their tour was reshuffled in order to free up the band's schedule so they could promote their documentary, Shut Up And Sing. Gee, thanks, gals. Glad we defended you during that whole "We're ashamed the president of the United States is from Texas" thing. (At least Chicks Martie Maguire and Emily Robison will bring their new project, Court Yard Hounds, to Tampa's Ford Amphitheatre during this summer's Lilith Fair tour.)

7. Heather Headley: At least we weren't alone in this one. In September 2006, the Tony and Grammy winning jazz singer and Broadway actress canceled her entire tour, including an October stop at Ruth Eckerd Hall. We haven't seen her since.

8. Shakira: Thought you could belly-dance right by us, did you, She Wolf? In December 2002, Shakira canceled a concert at the St. Pete Times Forum due to a "scheduling conflict." Weirdly, we can't seem to find any record of her returning to Tampa Bay since then, even though she's performed multiple times in Orlando and Miami. Let's hope she includes the Forum on her just-announced fall tour.

9. Oasis: The Brothers Gallagher overestimated their popularity in 1996, when they booked a concert at the USF Sun Dome in Tampa. They moved the show to the USF Special Events Center -- dropping from 10,000 to 2,200 in capacity -- before canceling the show outright due to Noel and Liam's constant bickering. Sadly, despite a couple of trips to Orlando, they haven't been back to Tampa Bay. Give us another shot, Gallaghers!

10. Led Zeppelin: Yeah, you heard us. Robert Plant, Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones need to reunite and recreate their aborted attempt at a Tampa Stadium concert in 1977. The show was canceled after only three songs, and fans rioted. Sadly, this doesn't seem to be an isolated incident. Page had to cancel a 2000 concert at the Ice Palace due to back problems. And following in his father John Bonham's footsteps, drummer Jason Bonham canceled a concert at the State Theatre last August. At least Plant is coming to Ruth Eckerd Hall in July. It's a start.

BONUS: Shannon Hoon, the lead singer of Blind Melon, died of a drug overdose on Oct. 21, 1995. Blind Melon was scheduled to perform at Jannus Landing on Oct. 23. We can understand why that show never got rescheduled.

Which concert no-show had you the most bummed out? Tell us in the comments!

-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*

[Last modified: Wednesday, July 28, 2010 3:19pm]


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