BY PAUL FITZGERALD, photos by Paul Fitzgerald
Monday, September 17th’s show at Abbotsford’s Entertainment and Sports Centre had everyone wondering, ” are the Stone Temple Pilots going to play??” Yes they will and they did. I kept very optimistic. I had deja vu, it was GNR all over again. They were there, they played and it was fabulous !
The Stone Temple Pilots were to be on stage at 9:15. The audience is used to possible short delays and in some instances things do happen. I was informed that they were there and they were just getting ready. No announcements were being made and many people, having worked all day and going to work on the Tuesday, were not prepared for a late start. Unfortunately many people had to leave. But at minutes to 11pm, STP took the stage.
The show was intense, tight and the sound was incredible. Well done to the sound crew. The set started with SIN, then Vasoline, Crackerman and Hollywood Bitch. Great music.
STP is Scott Weiland on Vocals , Eric Kretz on Drums, Dean Deleo on Guitar and Robert Deleo on Bass. Their great catalogue of hits was mostly played. They were on the stage for approximately an hour and twenty minutes. Not bad, with the three acts altogether it was a very entertaining and adventurous night. Their music is extreme Rock, which kind of reflects in the extreme controversy they seem to be in occasionally. Scott Weiland has had a colourful career. He fronted Velvet Revolver with Slash and some other members of GNR. One of those Super Groups. Great music there too. Like GNR, with STP you have to expect sometimes things don’t happen as they should or there will be some excitement. I think that is what people come to expect from these intense artists and the artists deliver. That’s what makes enertainment. It also make for gossip and publicity. Good or bad, it’s still publicity. STP has won a Grammy for PLUSH, other awards and 3 other Grammy nominations that I know of. We were excited that the band reunited in 2008 and has toured since. They still have a huge fan following.
It’s unfortunate that these things do happen and it reflects badly on the band. No reason was given for the delay and many speculate to why. Was it Scott? Were they late? Their next show for Tuesday, Sept. 18 was canceled in Lethbridge Alberta citing Scott’s vocal Cords were strained. I hope there was no serious problems. All I can say is The Staff at The Abbotsford Entertainment and Sports Centre did an amazing job keeping everyone pretty much calm. A little chanting now and then but for the most part the atmosphere was good. Everyone wanted to see STP !
The Crash Kings had an equally stellar set. This trio was amazing! All I kept thinking was these guys reminded me so much of RUSH but with a little different set up. They are lead Guitarless. Antonio Beliveau, the lead singer plays keyboards and VOX and his vocals are fantastic ! Michael Beliveau is bass player and Jason Morris, the Drummer , were equally amazing. I always try to compare singers and guitar players, etc, to my Rock heroes from the 70’s or 80’s. Antonio’s voice ROCKED !
The night started with a Local Vancouver Indie band, Celestial Ruin. Getting the crowd started at The Street Party. At 6:25pm CR was Rocking everyone out Front. It was so good people were glued to the spots where they stood. The doors opened to let people into the arena and no one moved.
What a great set Celestial Ruin had. Larissa Dawn was amazing. She mesmerized the crowd with her angelic power vocals, Mike on the bass while Adam pounded the drums and as usual broke another and another drum stick. Nathan stroked the keys of his keyboards like caressing a beautiful woman and Yakir blew everyone away with his great guitar riffs. Everything was perfect for the opening band out at The AESC Street Party.
The night was truly entertaining. Not everyone has the same experience and at this show there definitely were some disappointed fans. I think if it was a weekend it might have been less controversial.
That’s Rock and Roll !
Between The Lines
Tumble In The Rough
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Trippin On A Hole In A Paper Heart ( Trippin)
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