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Concert Thu Aug 26 2010

Review: Stone Temple Pilots, Charter One Pavillion 8/20

[Review submitted by reader Brennan Stacker, photos by Andy Keil]

After releasing their self-titled album in May, Stone Temple Pilots performed at Chicago's Charter One Pavilion at Northerly Island, on August 20th, and they proved that, after 20+ years, their music intoxicates more than a single generation of fans. The album debuted at #2 on the Billboard 200, giving the band a renewed presence on the stage and validating their position in modern rock.

Scott Weiland of STP (photos by Andy Keil)

Dean DeLeo of STP (photos by Andy Keil)

The performance opened with "Crackerman," explosive and fast-paced with Scott Weiland amplifying his vocals with his signature megaphone gave the crowd a much- needed release after a lengthy sound check. STP quickly transitioned through "Wicked Garden," "Vasoline," and "Heaven and Hot Rods" gradually moving in and out of a guttural, grunge soundscape, sometimes reminiscent of Led Zeppelin (to whom they later paid tribute with a cover of Dancing Days.) With a diverse combo of songs, showcasing Dean DeLeo's psychedelic rock, Robert DeLeo's lounge style rhythm and blues and Scott's Jim Morrison/David Bowie inspired vocals, all that was missing was a breakout drum solo from Eric Kretz.

Robert DeLeo of STP (photos by Andy Keil)

Highlights included the moments when Dean and his Les Paul fused into one entity generating other-worldly riffs mesmerizing the crowd in numbers like "Down." The DeLeo brothers jammed together in numbers like "Pretty Penny" and "Plush." For those who noticed, Weiland crossed the stage to light a cigarette still keeping the beat with maracas, as the bass and guitar took center stage; It was completely satisfying. The unexpected highlight of the evening? Dean planting a kiss on Scott much to the joy of the crowd, resulting in a synchronized "woo" of approval.

Scott Weiland of STP (photos by Andy Keil)

As the show progressed, a growing reverence emerged from the crowd, as the band didn't just play, but radiated their love for the music, concluding with "Sex Type Thing" and a crowd-induced encore of "Dead and Bloated" and "Trippin' on a Hole in a Paper."

Bottom line: STP met the high standards that they set for themselves back in the '90s by giving Chicago the show they deserved.

-Brennan Stacker

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dean / August 26, 2010 11:11 AM

Great to see that STP can still bring it live and in the studio.

Looking forward to seeing them on this tour.

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Feature Thu Dec 31 2015

Our Final Transmission Days

By The Gapers Block Transmission Staff

Transmission staffers share their most cherished memories and moments while writing for Gapers Block.

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  Chicago Music Media

Alarm Magazine
Big Rock Candy Mountain
Boxx Magazine
Brooklyn Vegan Chicago
Can You See The Sunset From The Southside
Chicago Reader Music
Chicagoist Arts & Events
Chicago Music Guide
Chicago Singles Club
Country Music Chicago
Cream Team
Dark Jive
The Deli Chicago
Jim DeRogatis
Fake Shore Drive
Gowhere Hip Hop
The Hood Internet
Jaded in Chicago
Largehearted Boy
Little White Earbuds
Live Fix Blog
Live Music Blog
Loud Loop Press
Oh My Rockness
Pop 'stache
Pop Matters
Resident Advisor
Sound Opinions
Sun-Times Music Blog
Theft Liable to Prosecution
Tribune Music
UR Chicago
Victim Of Time
WFMU's Beware of the Blog
Windy City Rock


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Andy's Jazz Club
Aragon Ballroom
Auditorium Theatre
Beat Kitchen
Bottom Lounge
Buddy Guy's Legends
The Burlington
California Clipper
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Cubby Bear
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Elbo Room
Empty Bottle
Green Mill
The Hideout
Honky Tonk BBQ
House of Blues
Kingston Mines
Lincoln Hall
Logan Square Auditorium
Mayne Stage
The Mutiny
Old Town School of Folk Music
Park West
The Promontory
Red Line Tap
Reggie's Rock Club & Music Joint
The Riviera
Thalia Hall
The Shrine
Symphony Center
Tonic Room
Uncommon Ground
The Vic
The Whistler

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He Who Corrupts
Jam Productions
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Kranky Records
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Minty Fresh
Numero Group
mP Shows
Permanent Records
Reckless Records
Smog Veil Records
Southport & Northport Records
Thick Records
Thrill Jockey Records Touch & Go/Quarterstick Records
Victory Records

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