Like many people, I was both intrigued and skeptical of the line-up change in Stone Temple Pilots. From here, you have two influences clashing. I was used to the classic guitar parts of “Wicked Garden” and “Vasoline”, but Chester Bennington‘s vocals has imprints all over my youth from Linkin Park. Would Bennington’s voice translate well to these classic songs? Keep in mind, I avoided any video that was recorded of their live performances because I wanted the live experience on my own. Low and behold, the band performed at Irving Plaza in New York to a sold out crowd.
Another interesting thing I noticed was the age demographic of the crowd. There was a thorough mix of younger teens with people in their mid forties which is awesome because Stone Temple Pilots gets to show their music to both generations. That’s how you get your music to live on. The opening band was right from Brooklyn, New York named Dreamers. If you’re a frequent watcher of The Vampire Diaries, there are chances that you have heard their song “Wolves”. The blue lighting matched well with their cosmic rock stylings as they played a 30 minute set.
Next up was the current incarnation of Stone Temple Pilots and honestly, the set list alone was a STP fan’s dream. The band performed for two plus hours with 22 songs littered with old hits and tracks from their latest EP, High Rise. After the band performed the first song, “Lounge Fly” and Bennington stopped to say, “Hi, we are the Stone Temple Pilots”, that’s when it really hit me. Both the Deleo brothers were just as energetic as ever on bass and lead guitar respectively. Bennington sung songs like “Big Empty” and “Interstate Love Song” with his own vocal incantations.
That’s what makes this line-up of the band so real and vibrant as they were not looking to simply recreate magic, but to forge on and make new memories as shown by younger fans singing along to choruses of their classic songs released when some of them were babies. If you can say one thing about music, it’s that change is good and good for the fans of Stone Temple Pilots.