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Stone Temple Pilots
The Venue at Horseshoe Casino
Hammond, IN
August 12, 2011
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Story and photos by Dave Vacula

The Stone Temple Pilots had all of their cards cards in order last Friday evening at the The Venue at Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Indiana. As the slots were dropping and the roulette wheels were spinning STP were a sure bet to hit it big.

STP started the first set with a chaotic yet beautiful rendition of "Crackerman." Dean Deleo helped build the foundation with a thunderous collaboration of rhythm and blues with drummer Eric Kretz as bassist Robert Deleo's laid down his meaty chords. Highly talented and troubled frontman Scott Weiland's extreme range on vocals helped set the tone. STP were truly on their A game the entire evening. "Wicked Garden" rocked the rafters on their second song, To catch their breath they slowed it up a little with the iconic "Vasoline." Surprisingly the audience fell a bit silent through the entire song.

STP got the crowd back into the groove with "Silvergun Ssuperman" and then into an amazing version of "Plush." One of the greatest songs to be spawned from the alternative bleeding decade of the '90s was the brilliant "Interstate Love Song," followed by "Big Bang Baby" and "Down." "Sex Type Thing" blew the walls down with its energy and unadulterated bombast.

The bands' sound is considered a blending of modern alternative rock, coming straight from the loins of the grunge sound mixed with elements of psychedelic rock and a peppering of glam. This night found STP's cocktail a tasty and perfect mix to swallow.

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