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Sudden Sun Dome band influx

After a long drought in musical events at the Sun Dome, the calendar is finally filling up, and it seems that all the events are coming in one weekend.

The ’90s alternative band Primus will be the first in town with a performance from the 2004 leg of the band’s “Tour de Fromage,” its first tour in seven years that will feature drummer Tim Alexander (who left the band in 1996) alongside singer/bassist Les Claypool and guitarist Larry Lalonde.

Primus’ popularity exploded in 1993 with the album Pork Soda, which featured the break-out hit “My Name is Mud.”

Primus recently released the CD/DVD combo Animals Should Not Try To Act Like People. The DVD includes more than three hours of footage, including all 12 of the band’s videos, along with a multitude of other footage. The CD features five new songs recorded by the reunited bandmates.

Two days later, four other alt rock bands take over the Sun Dome. Linkin Park with Hoobastank, P.O.D. and Story of the Year should be a concert that is sure to please any 97X listener.

Linkin Park’s Meteora World Tour will feature hits from the new album such as “Numb,” and might help fans reminisce about the group’s dynamic freshman album Hybrid Theory. Later this year, the band will go on tour with Korn and Snoop Dogg.

Hoobastank will open up Friday’s show with a set featuring songs from its album The Reason. Fans will probably be listening for hits, such as “Crawling in the Dark” and “Running Away” from their 2002 self-titled album.

P.O.D. will hit the stage with songs from their new album Payable on Death. The band came onto the mainstream scene with “Alive” from 2001’s Satellite.

Story of the Year, a band from Madonna’s Maverick label, will also appear as part of the Meteora World Tour. SOTY’s album, Page Avenue, has earned them much acclaim.

Unfortunately, tickets for the Tampa presentation of the Meteora World Tour are sold out.

This is nearly the case with John Mayer tickets, as the Dave Matthews-esque singer/songwriter rounds out the Sun Dome’s concert dates on Sunday. The Grammy-award winner will showcase the melodic sound of his new release, Heavier Things, along with old favorites — including hits such as “Your Body is a Wonderland” and “No Such Thing” off of Room for Squares.

Maroon 5, a band creating a buzz with the songs “Harder to Breathe” and “This Love” from Songs of Jane will open for Mayer.

As most students prepare to leave for spring break, the line up at the Sun Dome may be something to keep them in Tampa for a few more days.

– Primus plays on today at 4 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $30.

– The Meteora World Tour takes place on Friday at 7 p.m. Tickets are sold out.

– John Mayer performs Sunday at 8 p.m. Tickets, are $35.50.

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