As was the case with this year's Tropical Heatwave, we've largely ignored the piecemeal announcements trickling out about this year's Vans Warped Tour, which hits Vinoy Park in St. Petersburg on July 31.
Over the weekend we finally got, if not a 100 percent complete lineup, at least a look at this year's headliners.
The biggest headliners coming to St. Pete include pop-punk-alternative hip-hop group Gym Class Heroes, gravel-throated Gainesville punks Against Me!, Ocala screamo five-piece A Day To Remember (who will first come to Jannus Live on April 18), metalcore party band Attack Attack! (who inspired one of the biggest moshpits we'd ever seen at last year's Warped Tour), hardcore metal group August Burns Red, and Christian metalcore group The Devil Wears Prada.
Noteworthy acts that had already been confirmed for St. Pete include Gainesville punk legends Less Than Jake, buzzworthy rapper Yelawolf, alt-country heroes Lucero, ska favorites Big D and the Kids Table, glam-rockers Black Veil Brides, D.R.U.G.S. (the new project of former Chiodos frontman Craig Owens), screamo group We Came As Romans, prog-hipsters Foxy Shazam, reggae-rockers Pepper, pop punk outfit The Ready Set and Christian punks Relient K.
That's just a drop in the bucket, of course; there are way too many bands to name here. You can get the full St. Pete lineup at tampabay.com/blogs/soundcheck.
Pre-sale tickets went live over the weekend, starting at around $25, which includes a compilation CD and other goodies.
• Disney princess Selena Gomez has just announced a round of tour dates, including one July 30 at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater. Tickets will go on sale Friday. Who will make a bigger turnout for this show: Selena Gomez fans, or Justin Bieber fans. After all, Gomez is the one who's stolen Bieber's heart.
• Gruff-as-sandpaper country singer, songwriter and actor Kris Kristofferson will perform at the historic Tampa venue at 8 p.m. May 10. It's a rare show, as Kristofferson hasn't even sniffed these parts in ages, aside from a 2007 concert at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall in Sarasota. Tickets are scheduled to go on sale at noon Friday.
• Clearwater's Capitol Theatre is bringing in two acts best known for their '80s work. John Waite (Missing You, Change) plays June 3, and the Psychedelic Furs (Love My Way, Pretty in Pink) stop by on July 2. Tickets for both shows go on sale Friday.
• Remember when Three 6 Mafia won an Oscar? The Memphis rap group behind It's Hard Out There For A Pimp is coming to the Kennedy in Tampa on April 16.
• Interesting venue alert: Reggae singer Ziggy Marley is playing the Stadium Green Iguana in Tampa on April 29. Strange! Although Paul Oakenfold did play there last fall, so it's not an unprecedented concert venue.
• Good news, Michael Jackson fans: The April 1 show by tribute act Who's Bad at Jannus Live is now free, instead of $10. If you already bought tickets, you can get a refund at point of purchase.