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05/07/2011 Stone Temple Pilots, Rose Hill Drive (Rochester, NY @ Main Street Armory)

By Eric | May 9, 2011 9:11 pm

It had been just about 10 years since I’d seen STP (Family Values 2001 in Buffalo), and when this show was announced, I think we all were of the impression that as long as the band was touring, we ought to go see them again before either Weiland falls off the wagon or they start the in-fighting and break up. I actually like the latest self-titled album that was released in 2010, so that served as a bit of motivation also. Karl, Kelley and I arrived towards the end of Rose Hill Drive’s set, and what little we heard sounded okay. I guess they’re a 70’s rock revival type band, in the vein of Led Zeppelin or the Who. We only caught three songs, but they were decent.

After the set change delay, it was time for STP. And the biggest question of all, how did they sound? Great! Weiland was in fine form, was hitting 99% of the notes, and the band was very tight. Dean DeLeo would expand on a solo here and there, and his brother Robert got some bass improvisation in there also. Karl brought up a great point, likening Weiland to Ozzy in that they can’t string a sentence together to save their life, but they can belt out their songs with no issues whatsoever. They opened with Crackerman, and didn’t stop with the back catalog for the next three songs! The whole show was back-catalog heavy, with only three tunes off the new album, and not a single song off of Shangri-La… (I thought at least Days of the Week, but nope!) Some deeper cuts than I’d seen in the previous three shows, including Still Remains (only ’01), Heaven & Hot Rods, and Silvergun Superman! Their well-known cover of Zeppelin’s Dancing Days was a nice surprise too, as was Trippin’ On A Hole… as the closer. It was just as notable a show for the omissions (anything off Shangri-La, Sour Girl, Creep, Big Bang Baby, etc.), but as more than a casual fan, I appreciated the other songs, rather than the stuff I can hear on the radio anytime. As this was the last show of this leg of the tour, the band brought out and thanked some of the crew and merch people after the hour and a half show was over. A fine showing by the STP camp, and I’m glad I got to see them again!

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Crackerman

Still Remains

Trippin’ on a Hole

Setlist:
Crackerman
Wicked Garden
Vasoline
Heaven and Hot Rods
Between the Lines
Hickory Dichotomy
Still Remains
Big Empty
Dancing Days (Led Zeppelin cover)
Silvergun Superman
Plush
Interstate Love Song
Huckleberry Crumble
Down
Sex Type Thing
Encore:
Dead & Bloated
Trippin’ on a Hole in a Paper Heart

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