Stone Temple Pilots - 6/14/2008 Las Vegas, NV:One of my good friends, Schecky, used to manage Stone Temple Pilots back in the 1990s. These days he's in the poker industry but he still has connections in music. He hooked up a bunch of us with tickets and a VIP pass, which was good enough to get backstage.
Set 1: Big Empty, Wicked Garden, Big Bang Baby, Silver Gun Superman, Vasoline, Lounge Fly, Lady Picture Show, Sour Girl, Creep, Crackerman, Plush, Interstate Love Song, Ticket to Ride > Day Tripper, Too Cool Queenie, Coma, Down, Sex Type Thing, Sin
Encore: Dead and Bloated, Trippin' on a Hole in a Paper Heart
I kinda drank heavily and knocked back a bunch of Peronis. The show was better than average. Schecky saw them play two nights earlier and mentioned that the crowd was really into the show that night and that according to the guys in the band... the felt that it was the best show of this tour.
The highlights were the ten minutes where they played Plush and Interstate Love Song back-to-back. Yeah, those were their two most-popular tunes and had the entire crowd at Pearl rocking.
The crowd was made up of folks my age and older. I guess we were all teenagers or in college when STP hit the scene in the early 1990s. The tickets in our section were priced at $80. I didn't have to pay a cent but man, that's a lot of dough for a band that's led by a wastoid.
Scott Weiland looked like a freak and acted like he was a golden god.
"He's in his Jim Morrison phase," explained Schecky.
He was wasted on something and would mutter random shit in between songs. They did an interesting medley of two Beatles songs when Scott started rambling on stuff about the Beatles and Led Zeppelin. The band started playing Ticket to Ride > Day Tripper before they stopped and jammed out a song about Courtney Love.
Weiland's voice is not as strong as it once was and the sound was mixed to drown that out at times. He's still a rock star with amazing stage presence. I would have loved to have seen them in 1994.
Thanks again to Schecky for the tickets!