Stone Temple Pilots Kickoff Tour

April 11, 2015
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Wednesday night in Seattle at the Paramount Theatre the Stone Temple Pilots kicked off thei r U.S. tour. I have a long love of this band with some interesting moments too. Here's a photo back 23 years ago when KISW 99.9FM had a free sponsored show at the OK Hotel with STP. November 20, 1992 shot on my pocket Kodak 35mm film camera.

I did a positive review of their debut album back in '92 (post publications were slamming them as a Seattle grunge sound rip-off) in my local Seattle fanzine B.T.R. Music Magazine. The band and label appreciated my words (I knew they'd  be huge) and invited me to their "Plush" video shoot that actually happened here in Seattle near Greenlake at the Little Red Hen. Enough of the past lets get into the present! Scott Weiland is out and Linkin Park's Chester Bennington is in. He's a perfect fit for the band!! Weiland dug his own grave with this band and I'm glad the band is not staying hostage to his unpredictability issues and moving on with Chester. Was excited to see how this would work tonight as I've never seen the band fronted by someone else than Weiland. Besides some of the funny first show of the tour mistakes he was kick ass!! Here's some fan footage off YouTube from Michael Rovski of "Dead & Bloated" from this show.


Day started off being asked to shoot the bands soundcheck party with their VIP's. That was a blast!! Everyone was invited onstage as the band playfully jammed soundcheck and directly to those fans! It was something I've NEVER seen from a band and what an experience it was for those people and even me shooting. I made sure to get a full group shot of the band and these fans at the end of soundcheck. 

 



Seattle Setlist: Lounge Fly/Vasoline/Wicked Garden/Sex Type Thing/Pruno/Crackerman/Coma/Sin/Big Bang Baby/Out of Time/Heaven and Hot Rods/Meatplow/Adhesive/Creep/Big Empty/Plush/Interstate Love Song/Down/Sex & Violence/Trippin' on a Hole in a Paper Heart/ Encore: Piece of Pie/Dead & Bloated

Seattle savant musician Richard Peterson who actually played on a hidden track "My Second Album" on the 1994 "Purple" album was invited out at the end of the show and gave a few words to the crowd. That was awesome!! See STP Richard post/photo HERE.

Overall as a life long STP fan I'm glad to see the band happier than ever and moving on with a singer fully capable of continuing this bands legacy as one of the greatest radio rock bands of our time. Go see this band live!! The songs speak for themselves including the new ones with Chester! 

Go see my full set of Soundcheck and Concert Photos by CLICKING HERE. Also posted on KISW.com's photo gallery HERE

Also check out my bro at Seattle Sound Live and his STP show review HERE!

Visit STP online: 
http://stonetemplepilots.com 
https://www.facebook.com/stpband 
https://www.youtube.com/stptv 

Review/Photos: "Iron" Mike Savoia
KISW 99.9FM Blog: http://blogs.kisw.com/ironmike
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SavoiaPhotographyLive

UPDATE: 4.29.15 - Reason why Weiland is not fronting STP ever again. He still needs serious help!