It's been a summer to forget at Jannus Landing. Ever since John C. "Jack" Bodziak was charged in May with owing the state more than $200,000 in back taxes, concerts have been fleeing Jannus Landing — some to the Ritz Ybor, some to the State Theatre, others to Bourbon Street. Tonight's concert by Insane Clown Posse will be the final show at the courtyard for the foreseeable future. • It's an inglorious end for a beloved entertainment destination. Through controversies over noise, alcohol, ownership and tax revenue, Jannus Landing has been a vital cog in Tampa Bay's music scene for almost 30 years — and a major reason for the resurgence of downtown St. Petersburg as a late-night destination. And it always managed to bring in top-notch artists. Jay Cridlin, Times staff writer
Jane's Addiction Nov. 21, 1987
Technically, Jane's Addiction was opening for Love and Rockets. But those who were there swear Perry Farrell and company blew the headliners off the stage. (Although if you really wanted to see the band get wild, you should have been at the band's 1989 gig at the old Masquerade in Ybor City, when, legend has it, Farrell got busy with a female fan right on the stage.)
Red Hot Chili Peppers Dec. 4, 1987
Before it packed arenas with anthems like Under the Bridge and Scar Tissue, the Chili Peppers was an untamed, untethered crew of half-naked funk-loving roughnecks who inspired fans to take headers off the stage all night. This show featured original guitarist Hillel Slovak, who died seven months later.
King Sunny Ade June 5, 1989
The Nigerian juju legend roused the crowd to a hypnotic, dynamic melange of African grooves and dancing. After a 90-minute set — and a 15-minute ovation from the sold-out crowd — Ade came back out for another exultant 45-minute set. Headliner Jimmy Cliff, a reggae icon in his own right, more than held his own — but this was clearly Ade's day in the sun.
Pearl Jam April 22, 1992
Eight months after the release of Ten, and four months before the release of the video for Jeremy, Pearl Jam delivered a volcanic set that featured Eddie Vedder swinging from the tent pole at the center of the stage.
Radiohead Sept. 22, 1993
Opening for Belly — man, what a crazy time the '90s were! — the future Most Important Band in the World won over the crowd with an uplifting mix of songs from its debut, Pablo Honey. It's played Tampa Bay only twice since.
Marilyn Manson Nov. 13, 1996
Police planned to record the shock rocker's performance to make sure his show didn't violate obscenity laws. But that night, St. Petersburg exploded into race-related riots — a reprise of the violence that had erupted less than a month earlier, when a white officer shot an African-American teenager at a traffic stop. The cops ditched the show, but you wouldn't know it from Manson, who told Rolling Stone he had been arrested for indecent exposure and performing a sex act on a dude. This was news to St. Petersburg police: The incident never happened.
Eminem April 25, 1999
Em's debut single My Name Is was on its way to becoming a hit, but The Slim Shady LP had been on the streets for only two months when he hit Jannus. A year later, the rapper would become the most controversial star in music.
Wilco August 31, 1999
Wilco hasn't played Tampa Bay since 2005, but in the mid and late '90s, it played a few fondly remembered shows at Jannus Landing, during and after which members jammed with local musicians like Will Quinlan, Robert Vessenmeyer and Ronny Elliott.
Lucinda Williams Oct. 30, 2001
Around the height of her popularity, Williams turned in a spellbinding performance on a cool, gorgeous evening, cranking out heartfelt songs from her epic Car Wheels on a Gravel Road and its followup, Essence. The fans were as rapt as a group in church.
Flaming Lips April 14, 2007
Dancing aliens. Flashlight-shaking Santas. Fog, lasers, balloons and confetti. In its first Tampa Bay concert in 13 years, Oklahoma City's Flaming Lips galvanized the sold-out crowd with a multisensory carnival of outer-space love and euphoric glee.
Contributing: Eric Deggans, Julie Garisto, Wade Tatangelo, tbt* files