Stone Temple Pilots (STP) has a well-known history, amazing music to tragedy with the passing of Scott Weiland and Chester Bennington. Bassist Robert DeLeo and guitarist Dean DeLeo brothers along with drummer Eric Kretz passion for the music they gave their life to for almost three decades, were persistent which leads us here today.
The last time I saw Stone Temple Pilots in concert was on the Family Values Tour in 2001 at the Pond which is now called the Honda Center in Anaheim California.
STP is starting a new chapter with a bright future on their ˈRegenerationˈ Tour making a stop on Thursday, March 8th at The Rose in Pasadena California, to a sold-out crowd.
Eighteen months of searching, watching auditions with diligent patients not settling in search of a new frontman. Call it luck, call it faith as now frontman Jeff Gutt a contestant of “X-Factor” and nu-metal band Dry Cell never submitted an audition tape; somebody suggested Gutt to bassist Robert DeLeo while he was playing a show with the Hollywood Vampires. And as they say, the rest is history.
As I and a couple other photographers are patiently waiting in the photo pit, the sold-out crowd chants STP… STP… STP!! I take a glance at the digital clock on stage 9:01 and to my right is guitarist Dean DeLeo, behind the kit drummer Eric Kretz, to my left bassist Robert DeLeo than making his debut for us in Pasadena, California frontman Jeff Gutt, blonde hair, black leather jacket, and sunglasses comes front and center grabbing onto the mic opening with Wicked Garden from the album Core. Followed by Vasoline rounding out the first three songs with Lounge Fly both from the album Purple.
The waves of adrenaline, emotion, memories was a ripple effect that went through the venue. Perfection! Yes, call it faith Gutt is a perfect fit.
This night was set out to be different, as bassist DeLeo stated to the fans they were going to play a song that is rarely played, Glide off the album No. 4. Speaking of the album No. 4 having one of my favorite songs, and one of my favorite moments of the night, as I felt the tears well up in my eyes and the goosebumps during the song Atlanta. There was an aura in the air, Gutt’s movement, tone, there were flashes of who was I watching? When music evokes emotion, it’s powerful; this was powerful. As the song ends, guitarist DeLeo steps over to Gutt and says “I’m really glad I met you,” that speaks volumes.
We’re not done with these magical moments, included in the set were two songs off the upcoming new album Stone Temple Pilots (2018 album) out March 16th was Meadow and Roll Me Under to the fans approval. Now back to album No. 4 as they bring out a special guest Johnny Depp for Down, I had a total fan moment, as I lost my mind. But it gets better, as bassist DeLeo takes the mic with a little speech about this next guest. A mentor, an idol, as Aerosmith/Hollywood Vampires Joe Perry takes the stage for an Aerosmith cover Toys in the Attic. WOW!
Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end, with everyone on stage for Sex Type Thing off the album Core, then coming together for their final bow.
Already being a fan, I wasn’t sure what to expect. As I stated earlier, a couple notes and all was right in the world of STP. Check out a show I guarantee you’ll love it, touring till March 17th then back on the road mid-April. Don’t wait shows are selling out fast. For tour dates click here.
These moments are well deserved. Pick up their 7th studio album Stone Temple Pilots (2018 album) March 16th.
Big Bang Baby
Interstate Love Song
Piece of Pie
Roll Me Under
Dead & Bloated
Trippin’ on a Hole in a Paper Heart
Toys in the Attic (Aerosmith cover)
Sex Type Thing
All photos by Tammy Greene ©2018. Please DO NOT copy or use without permission.