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Story and photos by Dave VaculaThe Stone Temple Pilots were fashionably late to hit the stage last week at the Vic Theatre in Chicago. They made up for their tardiness by putting on a spectacular performance. The entire evening they put together a precision performance without sacrificing any of their early years rawness. Their talent bleeds through from song to song, set to set and city to city while naturally opening your eyes to their wonder even farther.
Scot Weiland, snake oil salesman extraordinaire and one of rock's modern bad boys, owned the stage with his lanky but melodic body movements. The original members Scot Weiland [vocals] Eric Kretz [drums- percussion] Robert Deleo [bass- vocals] Dean Deleo [guitar] spirit and chemistry definitely tuned into each other while firing on all cylinders. STP's set list from The Vic included sixteen songs plus a few encores. Frontman Weiland's incredible vocal range tied in perfectly with the beautifuly slimy beats from the thundering drum kit of Kretz. Tasty melodies and fantastic guitar rifs were the staple this evening from the Deleo brothers which formed a brillant combo. STP musicical influences include grunge, psychedelic, a little Brazilian twist, jazz and country while peppered with a lot rock.
The ubiquitous "Vasoline" and "Crackerman" filled the early lustings of their audience right out of the gate. Deleo's spine twisting guitar rifs anchored the chaos on "Crackerman." Weiland's hand held megaphone helped to amplify the band's mindset as it echoed throughout the theatre. "Big Empty" and "Night Bang Baby" were a couple of crowd favorites. During the beginning of "Plush," Deleo walked on stage with another veteran guitar player's guitar - Rick Nielson's from Cheap Trick. Then suddenly Nielson joined STP on stage for a rocking' version of Cheap Trick's classic "Surrender."
STP cranked back into their set with the beautifully ethereal "Interstate Love Song," which raised the roof before the encores "Unplugged" and "Sex Type Thing."
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