Stone Temple Pilots Not As Transcendent As Radio Thinks

Full story: Hartford Courant

As classic-rock radio programmers began incorporating '90s bands into their playlists, Stone Temple Pilots earned canonization, joining the likes of Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Alice in Chains.
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1 - 12 of 12 Comments Last updated May 29, 2008
jesseh

Naugatuck, CT

#1 May 27, 2008
I just saw the Mohegan Sun show following this review. The Pilots are at their best when they play the more melodic songs. I can sorta understand why Partridge (The above writer) states the Pilots don't have a "signature sound". During the show, at various times, I thought to myself this sounds like Pearl Jam or this sounds like Janes Addiction. However, because of Weiland they do have a signiture sound. The guy is a tremendous singer and the band can definetly rock hard. Overall, It was a very good show despite the poor sound system and the wretched opening act. If I knew the name of the first band I would create a website warning people to avoid at all costs as they do with pedifiles. I overheard one fellow say, "The singer sounded like a crying cat."
Meegan

Oakdale, CT

#2 May 27, 2008
I was at the show at the Oakdale...oops, I mean Chevy, and they were PHENOMENAL.

Yes, Weiland is somewhat of a glam rocker, not a punker, as Cobain was. But, he has both of those elements in him, which appeals to fans like me. Velvet Revolver had,(notice PAST tense?) members of Guns N Roses in it. The fact that they broke up for petty reasons,(in fighting, etc.) shows what drama queens Slash, et. al, really are.

The reason why STP broke up, was because of actual personal problems, which created other problems between Dean and Scott.(Which I've read, it's not like I actually know what was said and what actually caused the rift.)

To say that their sound is bland, compared to G'N'R, or Velvet Revolver is ridiculous. They were not phoning in the performances. They were connected to the crowd, they were spot on. Hey, I might be a fan, but if they weren't coming through, I would at least tell it like it is...not be a biased GNR fan.
Mirjana

Winnipeg, Canada

#3 May 27, 2008
You think STP wants to be like Guns N Roses and that Weiland wants to be like that Axl Rose? First of all Weiland can sing, Axl CANNOT!. Why would he want to be like that ugly Axl who looks worse than ever, not that he ever looked good to begin with. Second, Velvet Revolver chased Weiland to join them, Weiland wanted nothing to do with them at first. Get your facts straight. Guns N Roses stinks, end of story. STP lives on. Velvet Revolver is nothing without Weiland. End of story again. Get your facts straight and get some taste as well or don't bother being a writer. If you can be a writer so can any Joe because you clearly don't know what you are talking about.
Reuben Kincaid

East Hartford, CT

#4 May 28, 2008
Typical music review...
Most of the article has to do with the reviewer's opinion/judgement of the band beforehand and very little about the actual show itself....
That and beef up the article comparing the band to other bands..

If you like STP, it is definitely worth it to go see them. They put on a great show and won't let you down. If you don't like their songs on the radio or their CDs, then don't go see them...I enjoyed the Mohegan show very much. And unlike the reviewer, I could give you a song list. End of review.
Joe

Albany, NY

#5 May 28, 2008
This is a total opinion. I think you're 1000% wrong about STP.
noobs

Ansonia, CT

#6 May 28, 2008
hey kenneth, what do u have against stp? if you dont think that beginning to end that was a phenominal show you have your head buried up your a**. the band sounded energetic and on point on all songs. scott wants to be axl? thats ridiculous. he took the opportunity to play with slash and duff because it presented itself. i will say that it wasnt all rosemary and 100 proof liquor. the opening act "jays museam" was quite possibly the worst thing ive heard opening for a national act. i could tell that "jay" had an original thing going on but it was lost on me as the 2 drummers fumbled their way through the set. the guy on stage left shouldnt even have been there.
Jon

Ashburn, VA

#7 May 28, 2008
The show at Mohegan was electrifying. While not as good as I imagine it may have been in the 90's, Scott Weiland did a fantastic job of pumping up the crowd and keeping it pumped through almost every song. To me, a good crowd makes or breaks a show, and the crowd at Mohegan was definatley into it Monday night.

I liked how Scott was his usual, weird self, showing up on stage with some sort of cowboy outfit. From where I was sitting, it looked like a pimp suit at first. It seems to me that Axl Rose and Scott Weiland do have a lot im common. Both are extremely talented and dangerously crazy.

As for this article. The author obviously is not that familiar with STP, but I agree somewhat that they don't have they're own unique sound as much as Nirvana or GnR. They do, however, have a long list of hits that are all very unique from one another, and that's not easy to do. Overall, STP is a good band, elevated to greatness by their ability to absolutely tear up a live show.
Typical review

Gaithersburg, MD

#8 May 28, 2008
The band is great, the heavy songs are great.

You are simply a critic that STP fans could care less about. Their music touches Gen Xers and the youngsters of today for a reason: The music stands the test of time.

Go to an Eagles or Aerosmith concert. You may find what you need there.
Rick

Valhalla, NY

#9 May 28, 2008
I was at that gig and the sound was mixed very well with Scott's vocals blending perfectly with the rythym section. The slow songs, as the author Kenneth noted, were done really well....but he must have been afraid of the harder, darker tracks....because those tracks (Silvergun Superman, Down, Lounge Fly) were absolutely ferocious and unquestionably justified and validated STP's spot as an American rock band playing representative music that is to be respected and appreciated.
STP FAN CHICAGO

Chicago, IL

#10 May 29, 2008
I've loved STP and Scott Weiland since they first burst on the scene in 1992. I was 14 then. I purchased every album on the release date and followed the music through every experimental album and every brilliant "voice" in Weiland's cache. Since the beginning, I've always hated moron critics such as the guy who wrote this bland article. 30 years from now, people will celebrate STP and this guy will be another forgotten fool. STP ranks right up there with Zeppelin and Queen in my opinion! The bottom line is, for as much adulation STP receives, they are STILL the most underrated band around. STONE TEMPLE PILOTS is GOD!
Bababooey

United States

#11 May 29, 2008
Or in 30 years they can celebrate his untimely OD death like Layne.
Isabella

Winnipeg, Canada

#12 May 29, 2008
Can someone tell Matt Sorum to get a soother by the way. Anyone who knows him, please tell him to get over Scott Weiland. Yes it is too bad VR does not have a singer and no one can replace Weiland. Matt just needs to get a life and maybe a wife and some kids because clearly he needs something else to obsess upon besides Scott.

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