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by Jessica Warzeniak
Stone Temple Pilots rocked the crowd in Mohegan Sun Arena on Tuesday, August 31. With Scott Weiland on lead vocals, brothers Robert, on bass guitar and vocals, and Dean DeLeo, guitar, and Eric Kretz on drums, STP blasted out one old school jam after another while peppering in new favorites like “Take a Load Off” and “Between the Lines” from their newest album, self-titled, Stone Temple Pilots.
Focusing mostly on their music from the ‘90s, they treated concert-goers to songs off their acclaimed second album “Purple,” including “Vasoline,” “Interstate Love Song,” and a haunting acoustic version of “Pretty Penny,” written by Scott about his addiction to heroin. “Plush,”and “Sex Type Thing” were fan favorites from their debut album, “Core.” Scott gave the songs the unique hollow quality they are known for by singing into a megaphone. The megaphone was also fitted with a camera which Scott used to put fans on the big screen behind the stage. STP also rewarded their loyal fans with the Led Zeppelin cover “Dancing Days.” For their encore, they played “Dead And Bloated” and “Trippin’ On A Hole In A Paper Heart.”
This concert is part of the second tour after the band reunited, following Scott’s five year endeavor as the front-man of Velvet Revolver. After a successful reunion tour in 2008, they began writing and recording their sixth studio album, self-titled “Stone Temple Pilots,” released nearly a decade after their last album “Shangri-La Dee Da.”
TAB the Band, an American indie rock band from Duxbury, MA, and Cage the Elephant, best known for their single “Ain’t No Rest for the Wicked,” opened for STP.