Wednesday August 15th, the Stone Temple Pilots descended upon
Darien Lake with the Red Hot Chili Peppers. As the sounds of "Crackerman"
hit the air, Scott Weiland pranced on stage with boa and hat,
as the crowd started to go crazy. The band then launched into
"Vasoline" as Weiland dared the audience to ignore security
and get as close to the stage as they could. With a great set
of songs mostly from Core
STP definitely did not disappoint. They brought the set to a mellow
point as they played "Sour Girl" acoustically. The stripped
down song showed the band's immense talent. "Interstate Love
Song" and "Plush" followed which what many thought
was the end of the set. This was not the case as "Trippin
On A Hole In A Paper Heart" followed "Plush." The
band closed the set with a roaring rendition of "Down"
and "Sex Type Thing." This was my first time seeing
Stone Temple Pilots and to say they were awesome, would be an
understatement. Scott Weiland, Robert DeLeo, Dean DeLeo, and Eric
Kretz put on a show for the ages and in my mind, putting on a
much better performance than the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
The Chili Peppers came roaring onto stage
to Flea's pounding bass. "Around the World" opened the
show followed by "Suck My Kiss." The band stuck mainly
to the set that the played at last summer's Woodstock festival.
The high-energy performance was much more entertaining than it
was at Woodstock. The band seems rejuvenated with the re-arrival
of John Frusciante. Bouncing from hit to hit, the Chili Peppers
played most of the material from Californication and multi-platinum
Blood Sugar Sex Magic. The highlight of the set had to
be Flea's solo number and the set closer, the Jimi Hendrix classic,
"Fire." The only thing missing would be to experience
their version of the Stevie Wonder hit, "Higher Ground."
Hopefully next time around!
Editor, EMPYRE Lounge
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