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article imageReview: STP brings rock to Long Island with a new vocalist Special

By Chris Romano     Sep 11, 2013 in Entertainment
What happens when one of the biggest rock bands of the 90s joins forces with the vocalist from one of the biggest rock bands of early 21st century for a tour?
Having grown up listening to both Linkin Park and Stone Temple Pilots, when it was announced that Chester Bennington, one of Linkin Park's lead vocalists, had joined Stone Temple Pilots after the firing of original Stone Temple Pilot vocalist, Scott Weiland, I was excited to see what the combination could cook up.
While Bennington remains committed to his duties with Linkin Park, the newly formed group did manage to put together a string of dates in September this year, with the 5th date of the tour pulling in to Huntington, NY at The Paramount.
Guitarist Dean DeLeo of Stone Temple Pilots performing at The Paramount in Huntington  NY on Septemb...
Guitarist Dean DeLeo of Stone Temple Pilots performing at The Paramount in Huntington, NY on September 10th, 2013.
Alongside Bennington, Stone Temple Pilots consists of the two brothers, Dan DeLeo (guitar), Robert DeLeo (bass), and then Eric Kretz on drums. Before the removal of former vocalist Scott Weiland, STP had remained the same four members that is had been since its first major release back in 1992, "Core."
Chester Bennington performing with Stone Temple Pilots at The Paramount in Huntington  NY on Septemb...
Chester Bennington performing with Stone Temple Pilots at The Paramount in Huntington, NY on September 10th, 2013.
Opening for the night was industrial rock band, Filter. Fronted by primary songwriter and vocalist Richard Patrick, Filter arrived on stage a bit later than the planned 8 p.m. start time, but when they did arrive, kicked off the night with "Welcome to the Fold."
For roughly 45 minutes, Filter help warm up the crowd, playing a mix of new (from their latest effort, "The Sun Comes Out Tonight") and old. Patrick took the time at points to talk to the crowd about some of the high points and low points in his life, including how he was once a guitarist for Nine Inch Nails before choosing to start Filter. A bit of the higher notes in songs gave Patrick some struggle, as he begins to get a bit older, but he still showed his love for the the fans when he jumped in to the crowd, and crowd surfed while singing for nearly the entire duration of "The Best Things." While some of the newer songs received a mixed reaction, the radio hit "Take a Picture," and their last song of the night, "Hey May Nice Shot," garnered a great positive reaction.
Richard Patrick of Filter crowd surfs during  The Best Things  while performing at The Paramount in ...
Richard Patrick of Filter crowd surfs during "The Best Things" while performing at The Paramount in Huntington, NY on September 10th 2013.
After a bit of a stage switch, headliners Stone Temple Pilots took the stage. Each band member took to the stage at roughly the same time, opening up with the once Grammy nominated track, "Down."
A few times during the night, bassist Robert DeLeo would address the crowd. "Thanks to everyone here for coming out tonight, it's great to be back on the East Coast!"
While Chester Bennington sings in a slightly higher key than former vocalist Scott Weiland, many of the band's staple radio hit songs sounded very natural with Bennington at the helm. In fact, Bennington graced the stage in a similar manner to how Weiland would, spinning around in circles, snapping his fingers, and shaking at the hips. Certainly it was the different musical style of STP that brought this out of him, as this style of stage presence was not how he would be seen while performing with Linkin Park.
Stone Temple Pilots w/ Chester Bennington of Linkin Park performing at The Paramount in Huntington  ...
Stone Temple Pilots w/ Chester Bennington of Linkin Park performing at The Paramount in Huntington, NY on September 10th, 2013.
For "Big Empty" however, a slow, heavy tune that has received tons of radio play, and has a big focus on the slow, low key warbling of Scott Weiland, sounded a bit more like a cover song than the actual band.
"The next song changed my life when I heard it," Bennington shared. "These guys are the only ones out there doing real rock and roll", he continued, "from that day forward it changed my life and how I looked at music." With that, the band erupted in to "Sex Type Thing," which was easily Bennington's strongest performance of the night. By contrast, "Sex Type Thing" sounded better here than it probably has in years. It was peculiar, as the vocals for the song require a low range vocal similar to "Big Empty," but if Bennington's earlier statements about the song rang true, he must have been practicing this one for much of his life.
Photographs of Stone Temple Pilots w/ Chester Bennington of Linkin Park performing at The Paramount ...
Photographs of Stone Temple Pilots w/ Chester Bennington of Linkin Park performing at The Paramount in Huntington, NY on September 10th, 2013.
As the show started to wind down, the band left the stage momentarily for a short break, before returning for an encore which started with "Wicked Garden." After playing through it, Bennington simply claimed, "that's one's a really great song!"
Perhaps one of the unique highlights was when the band ripped through "Piece of Pie," in which Richard Patrick of Filter, the opening band of the night, joined Stone Temple Pilots on stage. Patrick tossed one arm around Bennington, and proceeded to sing the majority of the song right alongside him, all while helping to keep the crowd roaring and telling them to throw their hands up high.
Drummer Eric Kretz  of Stone Temple Pilots performing at The Paramount in Huntington  NY on Septembe...
Drummer Eric Kretz of Stone Temple Pilots performing at The Paramount in Huntington, NY on September 10th, 2013.
Ending on "Trippin' On A Hole in a Paper Heart," the crowd that remained roared for the rock band. In the end (no Linkin Park pun intended), Stone Temple Pilots seem to have a new fire in their bellies. I could see the smiles on the DeLeo brothers as a display that they were apart of something fresh and special.
While Bennington is certainly not Scott Weiland, and some songs sounded a bit off for his vocal key, a passion for the music is something that Stone Temple Pilots was greatly in need of for their live act. I caught up with some fans after the show who did not attend, as they were hesitant to see STP without Weiland at the helm, but when they asked me how it was, I told them they missed out on a great show.
Drummer Eric Kretz of Stone Temple Pilots performing at The Paramount in Huntington  NY on September...
Drummer Eric Kretz of Stone Temple Pilots performing at The Paramount in Huntington, NY on September 10th, 2013.
Stone Temple Pilots Setlist:
Down
Big Bang Baby
Vasoline
Dead & Bloated
Out of Time
Silvergun Superman
Church On Tuesday
Big Empty
Sour Girl
Interstate Love Song
Pop's Love Suicide
Hollywood Bitch
Sex Type Thing
Sex & Violence
Encore:
Wicked Garden
Piece of Pie
Trippin' on a Hole in a Paper Heart
Filter Setlist:
Welcome to the Fold
(Can't You) Trip Like I Do
Jurassitol
What Do You Say
We Hate It When You Get What You Want
Take a Picture
The Best Things
Hey Man Nice Shot
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