Stone Temple Pilots had their fair share of tragedies over the last few years. Both former lead singers in Scott Weiland and Chester Bennington passed away leaving the band with a lot of uncertainty. Many people wondered what would the future would hold for the band. Last summer, STP decided to move forward with new singer Jeff Gutt. They released a new single “Meadow” and a few months later released their self titled album “Stone Temple Pilots.” The band is currently on tour and their 9th stop took them to the Town Ballroom in Buffalo this past Tuesday night.

STP still consists of founding members Eric Kretz on drums, Dean DeLeo on guitar and brother Robert DeLeo on bass. Taking the stage promptly at 9pm, the band went into their longtime hit “Wicked Garden.” This was a great opener to get the crowd going right from the start. “Vasoline” was up next and the band built on the momentum from “Wicked Garden.” Gutt has some of the mannerisms of Weiland and his voice has some of the tendencies as well too. The thing I believe was most important is that he didn’t force himself onto the audience. He was himself and believe that won them over. His voice has a blend of both Weiland and Bennington to give STP a consistent familiar sound.

The rhythm section is the backbone of STP. Kretz and R. DeLeo are the engines that drive this band. Steady and heavily underrated in what they do in my opinion. D. DeLeo has a signature sound and when you hear an STP tune, you can immediately identify his playing. D. DeLeo was flawless in his paying throughout the night. His slide guitar was superb on “Interstate Love Song.” The band played 4 new tracks “Middle of Nowhere,” “Meadow,” “Six Eight” and “Roll Me Under.” The songs seamlessly intertwined within the scope of the set. The band perfectly blended the new songs with the hits band a few B sides to keep longtime fans happy.

The signature sound of the band still remains. With the addition of Gutt, who is a relatively unknown commodity, I think was stroke of genius. He won’t have any unnecessary expectations bestowed upon him that a bigger name would have. With a big tour with The Cult and Bush slated for this summer (called ‘Revolution 3’), I believe the future is bright for the band with Gott at the helm. This only can be great news for STP fans!

 

Setlist:

 

Wicked Garden

Vasoline

Middle of Nowhere

Meadow

Big Bang Baby

Silvergun Superman

Lounge Fly

Glide

Big Empty

Atlanta

Plush

Finest Hour

Interstate Love Song

Sex and Violence

Six Eight

Roll Me Under

Dead and Bloated

Trippin’ on a Hole in a Paper Heart

 

Encore:

 

Piece of Pie

Sex Type Thing

 

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We would like to thank Kymm Britton  of 60 Cycle Media for the credentials to review the show.

About The Author Gus

My first opportunity to write about music was with Kissunderground, featuring just one band (KISS). In 2006, I started working for another outlet that showcased more musicians. It was a great experience for me at the time. I personally nailed down some great interviews during my time at glam-metal.com (Paul Stanley, Jonathan Davis, Slash and Sully Erna to name a few). In early 2009, I decided to venture out on my own with the idea of creating a website that has all the offerings that a reader would want in a music review website. That's when Backstageaxxess.com began. I’m so proud of what was created here and of our staff that brings it to you. Each one offers a diverse opinion and a creative ability to share it in a unique way. We are so lucky to have them here. When discussing making a list of favorite shows with the staff, I also found it hard to narrow that list down to a select handful of shows. Everyone experiences a concert in their own terms, whether it’s the show itself, maybe it’s the people you met there and the new friendships created, or maybe it was meeting the artist at the show. For my criteria, I tried to stick to just the show itself, but again, it was sometimes hard to do. My first concert was Sammy Hagar’s first tour with Van Halen at the Niagara Falls Convention Center, Niagara Falls, NY, on August 30, 1986. My favorites are as follows: 1. Kiss – Tiger Stadium - Detroit, Michigan 6/28/96 2. SARS (Rolling Stones, AC/DC, Rush, and handful of other bands) - Downsview Park – Toronto, Ontario 7/30/03 3. Paul McCartney (every McCartney show I saw was awesome, but Iwent with my first show) Air Canada Centre -Toronto, Ontario 10/10/05 4. Motley Crue – Memorial Auditorium – Buffalo, NY 12/19/89 5. Kid Rock – Tweeter Center - Camden, New Jersey 3/25/06 The honorable mentions would be any McCartney show (The Joint at the Hard Rock, Las Vegas, Nevada, April 2009 or Air Canada Centre Toronto, Ontario 8/10/10), Prince (Club 2112) at the Rio Hotel, Las Vegas 12/30/07, Heart (Pulse Lounge * only 200 people) Hilton Hotel, Anaheim, California, January 21,2008, Monsters of Rock (Van Halen, Scorpions, Metallica, Dokken, and Kingdom Come) Rich Stadium, Orchard Park, NY 6/19/88 and the Rocklahoma Festival (Queensryche, Lita Ford, Triumph, etc.). Also, Cher (with my mom) at the Blue Cross Arena Rochester, NY, November 22, 2004.