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Britney Spears hits Florida one more time with concert at Orlando's Amway Arena tonight

You thought you were done with Britney Spears when the singer performed before 20,000-plus fans at the St. Pete Times Forum in March. Think again.

The pride of Kentwood, La., is performing at Orlando's Amway Arena at 8 tonight, with Jordin Sparks (who was just here two weeks ago!) in tow. If you were ever looking for an excuse to ditch work early and bathe yourself in glitter, this is it. Tickets are $38.50 and up (way, way up) at

But here's what we want to know: How many fans from Tampa Bay are actually planning to drive up I-4 for this concert?

We'll admit, we've made the trek to Orlando many times in the name of good music. Orlando gets some great concerts, often ones we don't get — like, for example, Peter Bjorn & John plus guests the Postmarks this Thursday at the Social. (Tickets were $15 for that one, by the way, but sold out.)

But for Britney … we dunno. It's barely been five months since her show here in Tampa, and that one started late, featured a lot of lip-synching, and on the whole, got mixed reviews at best.

"It was Cirque du Skanky, and usually the star was just too busy to sing," Sean Daly wrote about the Tampa show. "She is a truly lousy dancer. Like, drunk-cousin-at-your-wedding lousy. … As a concert, it was subpar."

What has changed since then? You've heard If You Seek Amy a few more times? She did that bikini-clad Top 10 list on Letterman? Best bet: Maybe another Tampa-style wardrobe malfunction.

Pilots still owe us a show

You would think Stone Temple Pilots would want to make nice with their fans in Tampa after canceling a concert at the Ford Amphitheatre last August with no advance notice.

If this is their attempt at a make-good, it ain't a great one. The band is embarking on a fall tour, and while they've seen fit to book a show in St. Augustine, of all places, the closest they're coming to Tampa is a gig Oct. 4 at Hard Rock Live at the Universal Orlando CityWalk.

To be fair, they do have a day off on Oct. 5, so I suppose we can hold out hope that they'll book a last-minute show in Tampa on that date. But you never know — the weather might act up again, and apparently thunder frightens Weiland.

Tickets are $42.50-$105, and they go on sale Friday.

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Sound bytes

Here's what else is going on in local music. Check the Soundcheck blog for details and links.

Deal of the day: Order Mr. Bella's new CD, Cross My Heart, and get free tickets to XFC 9: Evolution this weekend at the St. Pete Times Forum.

Head to to grab a free MP3 of Matt Hires' new single State Lines.

We the Kings are playing a free show Wednesday at Blue Martini in Orlando. Gig starts at 8 p.m.

• Best Buy is having a sale on select Tooth & Nail artists, including Florida bands Under­oath, Anberlin and Copeland. For example: Get Underoath's CD/DVD combo of Survive, Kaleidoscope (list price: $19.98) for $7.99.

• Cowboy Mouth is coming to the State Theatre on Sept. 25. Tickets are $15.

Britney Spears hits Florida one more time with concert at Orlando's Amway Arena tonight 08/31/09 [Last modified: Tuesday, September 1, 2009 6:37am]
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