It’s been over 20 years since the debut album release Core from Stone Temple Pilots, who are now on their seventh album release and no longer being fronted by lead vocalist Scott Weiland. Instead, the band is now moving forward with Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington. Following the recording of their current EP High Rise with Bennington in 2013, STP set off on tour to support it.
The 22-song set featured songs from High Rise surrounded by all their greatest hits. Kicking off with “Lounge Fly” and a quick transition into “Vasoline” had the sold-out Anaheim House of Blues buzzing with energy. The megahits “Sex Type Thing,” “Interstate Love Song” and “Plush” continue to sound amazing live. Robert Deleo is fascinating to watch with a bass guitar, and his slinking and slithering on stage is enticing. The other half of the Deleo Brother’s, Dean, was all smiles on guitar, which seemed to be the overall message of the night. It was a night of celebrating great music that has stood the test of time over 20 years. Bennington fits in nicely—his voice lending his trademark rage, but also a ballad and softer side of the Stone Temple Pilots library.
With Linkin Park playing some festival dates this summer, the band Stone Temple Pilots will play only a couple of dates this summer and then resume a stretch of dates throughout the Midwest in the fall.
For more information and tour dates, visit stonetemplepilots.com.
Text and photos by Joshua Weesner of Stand Up Alone Productions
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