Stone Temple Pilots With Chester Bennington Wow Fans at Intimate Los Angeles Rehearsal
It's going to be an intriguing fall for Stone Temple Pilots fans if the band's Sunday night (Sept. 1) performance in Los Angeles is any indication. The revamped rock outfit welcomed a handful of fans and media out to their San Fernando Valley rehearsal space for a brief run through of material in advance of their fall tour.
This is definitely a key run for the veteran rockers, who have welcomed Linkin Park's Chester Bennington as their new frontman. So far, the group has pretty much stuck to well-known tracks during their limited performances this summer, but as Sunday night's private preview showed, it's time for this version of STP to dig deeper into the catalog.
Those in attendance were given an up-close view of the new-look STP, performing in the dimly lit rehearsal space while visibly enjoying the experience of embracing their catalog. The performance opened with a blistering rendition of 'Sex and Violence' from the 'No. 4' album, showing Bennington's prowess in being able to handle the full-on rocker.
'Pop's Love Suicide' from the 'Tiny Music' album followed, receiving welcome applause from the loyal fans, who took notice that the band were digging a little deeper for the occasion. Bennington and the group then offered up the current single, 'Out of Time,' after which Robert DeLeo said with a smile to Bennington, "You know what I noticed about you? You can sing." That camaraderie and light nature between the foursome continued throughout the set, with drummer Eric Kretz often teasing the DeLeo brothers about not being ready to start their songs.
One of the songs that proved to be the most seamless transitions between former frontman Scott Weiland and Bennington is the performance of the hit 'Trippin' on a Hole in a Paper Heart,' which feels like it was tailor made for Bennington. The set finished out with the 'Core' album cut 'Piece of Pie,' followed by a well-received rendition of 'Church on Tuesday.'
As this was a fan event, Bennington and his cohorts spent the rest of the time greeting and talking with those in attendance, posing for photos and autographing items. But the true highlight of the evening was seeing the ease at which the new lineup handled both familiar favorites as well as newly revived album cuts. The band's North American tour starts this Wednesday (Sept. 4) in Bethlehem, Pa. See the full list of dates below:
Stone Temple Pilots Tour Dates:
9/4 – Bethlehem, Pa. – Sands Bethlehem Events Center
9/6 – Sayreville, N.J. – Starland Ballroom
9/7 – Atlantic City, N.J. – House of Blues
9/9 – Boston, Mass. – House of Blues
9/10 – Huntington, N.Y. – Paramount
9/13 – Oklahoma City, Okla. – Downtown Airpark (w/ Motley Crue)
9/14 – Newkirk, Okla. – First Council Casino
9/17 – Sunrise, Fla. – BB & T Center (FLA Panthers Event)
9/18 – Orlando, Fla. – House of Blues
9/20 – Columbia, S.C. – Township Auditorium
9/21 – Ft Myers, Fla. – Shockwave Festival – Jet Blue Park
9/24 – Midland, Texas – La Hacienda Event Center
9/26 – Tempe, Ariz. – Marquee
9/27 – Las Vegas, N.V. – Freemont Street Experience
11/1 – Biloxi, Miss. – Hard Rock Live