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Stone Temple Pilots alive and well at the ShoWare Center in Kent, Nov. 3 | Slideshow

November 8th, 2010 at Mon, 8th, 2010 at 3:18 pm by Shawn Skager

Stone Temple Pilots singer Scott Weiland and bassist Robert DeLeo.

The Stone Temple Pilots proved that they are still alive and well and more than capable of putting on a kicka** live show this past Wednesday at the ShoWare Center in Kent.

The California-based band, which formed in 1986, broke up in 2003 and reformed in 2008, ripped through a 18-song set featuring several of the band’s hit singles, as well as selections of their latest self-titled studio album.

Initially the band was derided by critics when they released their first album “Core” in 1992 for sounding too much like Pearl Jam and other Seattle-based “Grunge” bands. Since then the band has been successful in distancing themselves from the criticism by releasing more nuanced albums in the 1990s and early 2000s which transcended the “Grunge” genre, a tradition that continues on the band’s latest offering.

In 2003 the band broke up when singer Scott Weiland left to join Velvet Revolver – featuring Guns N Roses alumni Slash, Duff McKagan and Matt Sorum, as well as Wasted Youth guitarist Dave Kushner – which released two albums. During the band’s hiatus guitarist Dean DeLeo and bassist Robert DeLeo released an album with Filter singer Richard Patrick and drummer Ray Luzier under the moniker Army of Anyone. Drummer Eric Kretz filled his time running his studio and playing for Spiralarm

At the ShoWare the band roared through a crowd-pleasing version of Led Zeppelin’s “Dancing Days” as well as several STP classics “Interstate Love Song” off of 1994′s “Purple” and “Plush” from 1992′s “Core.

The band also heavily mined the material off  “Stone Temple Pilots” – their first studio album since 2001 – playing four songs, “Between The Lines”, “Hickory Dichotomy”, “Huckleberry Crumble” and “Cinnamon” from the new disc which was released in May of 2010.

The band closed with an encore of “Dead and Bloated” from “Core” and “Trippin’ on a Hole in a Paper Heart” from 1996′s “Tiny Music… Songs from the Vatican Gift Shop.”

The opening band for the show was TAB the Band from Duxbury, Mass., which featured Tony and Adrian Perry, sons of Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry, as well as Lou Jannetty and Ben Tileston.

Stone Temple Pilots Set List

Crackerman
Wicked Garden
Vasoline
Heaven & Hot Rods
Between the Lines
Hickory Dichotomy
Still Remains
Cinnamon
Big Empty
Dancing Days (Led Zeppelin cover)
Silvergun Superman
Plush
Interstate Love Song
Huckleberry Crumble
Down
Sex Type Thing

Encore:
Dead and Bloated
Trippin’ on a Hole in Paper Heart

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