STP comes to Indy

Posted by Iannucci | 3/11/2008 | 15 comments »
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Sorry, it’s not THAT STP. This STP rumor was first brought to our attention a few weeks ago by TSO, but today brings the official announcement that Stone Temple Pilots will be the musical act for this year’s Miller Lite Carb Day Festival of Drunken Music Lovers.

Rock superstars Stone Temple Pilots will be the headline act for the popular Miller Lite Carb Day Concert on Friday, May 23 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, IMS officials announced March 11.

The concert is free to all ticket holders for the final day of on-track activity before the 92nd running of the Indianapolis 500-Mile Race on Sunday, May 25. Tickets are just $10 each, with children 5 and under admitted free.

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Carb Day rocks, although in 2007 it may have rocked a bit too much.

Last year I side-stepped the Kid Rock “Baw wit da baw” not only because I no longer live in a mobile home but also since it was occurring while a host of vintage IndyCars were touring around the track. Color me old school, but I’ll choose turbines and Offys over screaming F-bombs most days.

This year might be different, as P1 has discovered her inner rockstar thanks to Guitar Hero and now wants me to plug everything from Guns N Roses to Killswitch Engage into her iPod. STP might be a relatively safe show, but then again it could be awkward if Scott Weiland starts shooting smack in between “Plush” and “Creep”.


  1. Anonymous // March 11, 2008 9:11 AM  

    Okay, it's just too damn funny that if you roll over the Rolling Stone picture, you put in a link to the Betty Ford Clinic.

  2. Jennifer Coomer // March 11, 2008 9:29 AM  

    Kid Rock was so on my nerves last year. I wanted to go up and slap whoever was responsible for that one. I just wanted to sit there and watch the vintage cars. But I could not escape the sounds of Kid Rock and his White Trash All-Stars.

  3. Anonymous // March 11, 2008 10:06 AM  

    Face it Jeff, the words of Homer Simpson apply here:

    I used to be with it, but then they changed what "it" was. Now, what
    I'm with isn't it, and what's "it" seems weird and scary to me.

    Rock on, Daddy-O! :^P

    btw, mrs. mmack and I are looking forward to the concert.

  4. Anonymous // March 11, 2008 11:28 AM  

    As P1's mother, I am hopeful that Scott will behave while performing and save the needle for after the show. Given that P2 will also be in attendance this year, you might want to lay off using the term "smack." I don't want to have to answer 1000 questions a day about what "smack" is. That said, I am also glad that my kids will not be subjected to Kid Rock this year. We have come too far from the days of the trailer park and canned salmon to have our kids endure such atrocities.

  5. pressdog // March 11, 2008 12:18 PM  

    Mrs. IRL laying the "smack" down!

  6. John in Speedway // March 11, 2008 12:53 PM  
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  7. John in Speedway // March 11, 2008 12:55 PM  

    You guys are crazy. The Kid Rock show was a great party, and a perfect fit for Carb Day. The majority of the people that pay admission on Carb Day are there for one reason and one reason only: TO PARTY. Leave the kids at home on Carb Day, or leave the track before the concert. If you have lame bands, attendance on Carb Day will drop. You can lobby for a more family friendly band like The Wiggles, but unfortunately they are not a good fit for Carb Day. Thousands of people come to Indy to have a good time, and it's the track's job to put on a good show. Carb Day afternoon/evening is for the younger crowd. People take off school/work to go to the track and party. You might want to stay away from Georgetown Rd. the night before the race too. It gets pretty wild (it always has, and always will be). As for Carb Day, STP will rock the house!

  8. Anonymous // March 11, 2008 4:30 PM  

    oh joy! like i need another reason to drink beer at the track this year!

    first the mergification, now the stone temple pilots...

    life is good!

  9. Iannucci // March 11, 2008 4:44 PM  

    John in Speedway,

    First off, I've actually seen The Wiggles. Once. And that's enough Captain Feathersword for me.

    I think you are mistaking my criticisms. I love the drunken race fans, because without them there would be no racing. I am totally cool with that. Party on, Wayne! And I don't hate Kid Rock, he's just not my cup of tea. Truth be told, I'm rather exctied about STP and was only poking fun at Weiland because I am a self-righteous pig of a blogger - but you already knew that.

    No, my only issue - if you read the link from last year - is the related to synchronization. I didn't need the DJ to make the pit stop competition exciting, and I thought they could have scheduled the vintage cars at a time when Kid Rock wasn't performing.

    Please note that IMS markets that "kids under 5 are free", so all I'm asking is that anything remotely kid-friendly be done before it's go-time at the snake pit concert series.

    Oh, and jack up the price of beer when the concert starts so they can increase the purse of the TEAM plan. Those happy folks will definitely pay more than $4.

  10. The American Mutt // March 11, 2008 6:21 PM  


    Sorry to be that geek, but it was Abe Simpson saying that to a teenage Homer.

  11. John in Speedway // March 11, 2008 8:39 PM  

    I agree with you Jeff. They could have scheduled it better. I didn't realize there was still activity ontrack during the concert. I apologize if my tone seemed harsh. I am just getting really pumped up for the season to start, and it seems like March 29th is taking a century to get here. Hell, I'm excited for the one hour preview the night before. I hope eventually they start televising the Pro Series races live.

  12. Anonymous // March 12, 2008 5:45 AM  

    Am I the only one who has no idea who Stone Temple Pilots is? I saw STP in my RSS reader and figured that this post was about the STP brand(of Richard Petty fame) was sponsoring something at Indy. And as usual, I was wrong!

  13. Anonymous // March 12, 2008 6:03 AM  

    American Mutt,

    Honestly, the site said it was Homer! D'oh! :^P


    You would think that someone could put a sponsorship presentation together so that the real STP would come back as a primary sponsor, complete with Day-Glo red cars numbered 20, 40, 60, 80. T'would be cool to see some Dallara's sporting "throwback" paint schemes (All Day-Glo red like the 1969 and 1973 winners, Petty Blue & Day-Glo like Johncock's 1982 Wildcat, and Navy Blue & Day-Glo like Andretti 1.0's car that "won" the 1981 race) rolling around the most famous oval in the world carrying the most recognized oval in the world.


    Oh, and jack up the price of beer when the concert starts so they can increase the purse of the TEAM plan. Those happy folks will definitely pay more than $4.

    Sir, you have obviously never been solicited for free beer (expressed to me as "Do you have any beer?") at a Carb Day concert by a reveller. :^)

    Jeff, I don't envy you or anybody taking children to the Speedway on Carb Day. But take comfort in this: Unlike the days of the Original "Snake Pit" (TM), you won't have to answer "Dad, why is that woman naked?" or "Dad, what's that funny smell? It's like burning leaves or something".

  14. Anonymous // March 12, 2008 6:44 PM  

    It's funny, I didn't see you or Money CJ all weekend, but managed to bump into Kid Rock three times and Gene "I am" Simmons twice.

    Which reminds me, this year I'm getting the full medley of shots necessary to travel to the Congo in case I mistakenly shake one of their hands again.

  15. dorkey // August 11, 2008 10:58 PM  

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