Stone Temple Pilots no show in Tampa

My Sarasota-based coworker Amanda Schurr and her friend Eddie stopped by my place last night after visiting the Ford Amphitheatre to see Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, which Amanda wrote about here. They had no interest in watching headliner Stone Temple Pilots and split as soon as BRMC's set ended.

We were sitting on my back patio, catching up (Amanda and Eddie were friends of mine when I called  Sarasota home in 2002-2003), and  draining the Tecates they brought over. About an hour into their stay, my downstairs neighbor came home looking thoroughly pissed. "I just got back from the Stone Temple Pilots show," she said. "They fucking canceled."

Needless to say, Amanda and Eddie were glad they fled the Ford Amp early.

STP's PR people are blaming the no-show on the weather. But we all know that's bullshit. Here's to hoping lead singer and former heroin addict Scott Weiland, pictured above looking aloof with cig dangling from his mouth, isn't on a dangerous bender. I don't feel like being snarky about this one. The guy has bipolar disorder and his brother died of an overdose. I'm not a huge fan of Weiland's music but refuse to kick a man when he might be down. On the other hand, I understand the outrage expressed by "disapointed 10+ year fan," who wrote:

shocking he was a no show. amp cut off alcohol sales at 9pm and vast majority of HCSO was waiting along the gates since venue didnt have the balls to make a formal announcement (at least not by the time I left 10:30pm) .. opening act sucked and the 3 tour buses that were backstage when I arrived were gone. I understand having officers nearby but the situation couldve been handled in a more timely fashion.

UPDATE: Here's the official word from from Ford Amp regarding refunds:

The Stone Temple Pilots performance originally scheduled for Friday 8/22/08 at the Ford Amphitheatre in Tampa has been postponed. Those holding tickets for this performance will have them honored if a new date is announced.  Those requesting refunds can receive them through their point of purchase.  For any questions, contact Customer Support at 1-800-431-3462 Monday-Saturday 10am-5pm EDT, or by email at [email protected]

UPDATE 8/24: Here's Amanda's review of BRMC's set.

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