Some Ogden residents were sad to see the Lollapalooza concert move to Salt Lake City, some were glad, and some pitied the Salt Lakers who would have to put up with the noise.
But now, the concert won't be coming to Utah - at least, not anytime soon.The all-day show was set for July 7 at the Weber County Fairgrounds, then moved to the Utah State Fairpark. Now, because organizers want an extra production day, the festival will begin July 7 in Las Vegas.
The Salt Lake date couldn't be bumped, so the show has been canceled. In a news release, organizers say they hope to reschedule "somewhere down the line."
"Hurrah! I just can't believe it," said Paula Okey, a Weber County fairgrounds neighbor who had lobbied against the concert's return. Though she was glad her neighborhood would be spared the ruckus, she said she'd felt sympathy for those who live near the Utah State Fairpark - who now won't have to deal with the concert, either.
The all-day music festival drew about 18,000 young fans last year to the fairgrounds in Ogden. The concert angered many nearby residents who complained of noise, traffic and unruly behavior including public urination and defecation.
Still, the concert had been set tentatively to return to Weber County.
But no contract had been signed, and negotiations apparently broke down between the county and United Concerts, the event's promoter.
Weber County Commissioner Spencer Stokes said the county wanted a bigger share of revenues, given the concert's attendant hassles and liabilities. The county made about $19,000 last year and wanted at least $25,000 this year, Stokes said.
But United Concerts would not negotiate on some points, including beer and food sales revenues, he said.
Meanwhile, the promoter had begun selling tickets without a contract.
Now, the promoters are offering full refunds on tickets.
At Graywhale CD, an Ogden alternative-music shop, assistant manager Nick Salimeno said fans who were surprised and happy last year when the show came to Ogden are now disappointed.
"A lot of people are mad," Salimeno said. "It (was) kind of neat to have a big show like that here to kind of shake things up a bit."