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Stone Temple Pilots And Chester Bennington Prove It At The House Of Blues

 

Let's get this out of the way first;  Yes, Chester Bennington is not Scott Weiland.  His voice and stage presence are completely different.  But that didn't stop him and the rest of Stone Temple Pilots from pounding out over an hour of hits scattered with some surprising deep tracks at the House Of Blues in Boston last night.

I can't even imagine what the pressure is like stepping into the spot of one of Rock's most charismatic and controversial frontmen.  The pressure of delivering hits like, "Big Empty, "Vaseline", "Sex Type Thing", just to name a few.  But Chester Bennington is very familiar with the pressure of delivering platinum hits with his other band Linkin Park, so he's a seasoned veteran.  

That's probably part of the reasons the DeLeo brothers snagged him to front the band.  Bennington knows how to take on any size room anywhere in the world and has done it successful for over a decade.  He's also confessed to being a huge fan of the band and is relishing every moment he get's to belt out the anthems with the guys who wrote them.  As he did last night after ripping through "Interstate Love Song" by exclaiming, "That's a GOOD song!"  You could tell he was loving it.  The rest of the band kept the groove going with guitarist Dean DeLeo doing his best warped Jimmy Page-like solos and brother Robert anchoring the low end while doing a demented waltz with his bass.  I'm sure it felt good to be playing again, and with a singer who shows up excited to be there.  Bennington also had no problem handling some of the more obscure stuff like "Church On Tuesday", "Hollywood Bitch", and the epic "Silvergun Superman".  The 5th member of the band was the crowd, who added in vocals on most of the set.

Now I'm looking forward to the EP of new music recorded with Bennington coming out on October 8.  The chemistry on stage seemed electric and the evolution of STP should be interesting to watch.  Actually, it always has been.