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Stone Temple Pilots performing tonight

The cat is out of the bag, and it’s singing “Interstate Love Song.”

Alternative rockers Stone Temple Pilots will perform a free concert tonight at 5, outside the Sun Dome.

The concert, which was billed as a surprise, lost its veil of secrecy when flyers advertising the STP performance were plastered inside Cooper Hall, the Phyllis P. Marshall Center and the Student Services Building Tuesday night.

Earlier in the week, a local radio station also divulged that the band would be playing, and the band itself lists the Tampa tour date on its official Web site, .

The concert comes to USF as part of Nissan’s 2002 Ztour, a promotional tool for its new roadster, aptly titled, the Z.

The show comes at no cost to the school, student body vice president Dave Mincberg said.

Mincberg said the show was put in motion by Sun Dome president, Mike La Pan.

“He’s a good man who’s been in the industry for a long time, and he has great connections,” he said.

La Pan could not be reached for comment late Tuesday night.

Mincberg had been billing the concert as a surprise, leaking only vague descriptions of what band would be playing.

The surprise was ruined as a result of miscommunication, Mincberg said. But he didn’t take it to heart.

“We wanted to create a buzz, and I think we did that,” he said.

Student body president Mike Griffin was driving in his car earlier in the week when a DJ from 98Rock announced the STP date at the Sun Dome. The reality of it, Griffin said, is “You can’t keep something like this under wraps.”

STP became popular in the early ’90s with hits like “Vaseline,” “Big Empty” and “Plush.”

The band will play for 70 minutes at Greenbergopolis, outside the Sun Dome.