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Stone Temple Pilots North American Fall Tour 2019 The Met Philly, Philadelphia, PA 19/09/2019 Review and Pictures by Andy Jansons
Once upon a time, there was a musical movement, it was called grunge. Somewhat forgotten, it lost many musicians to suicide with bands changing their style. Through all that one band has survived and tirelessly worked their way back to stardom. Their name is Stone Temple Pilots. After finding mega success in the 1990’s the band dissolved due to differences. Upon reuniting they lost eccentric and ultra talented lead singer Scott Weiland to apparent overdose and later his ‘replacement’ Chester Bennington to suicide, both considered generational talents. STP’s current vocalist Jeff Gutt has been great in fitting into those shoes, which has helped them to retain their identity. With Jeff on lead vocals the band last year released a brand new self-titled album, which happens to be the second self-titled album STP have released to date.
Their current tour with Rival Sons is somewhat short, just a little under a month, but touches down in most American Metropolitan areas. After this tour STP will play a festival in Mexico and next spring head out to Australia.
On a pretty nice and warm September day STP came to America’s Independence home Philadelphia and the show took place in the wonderful Metropolitan Opera House or Met Philly for short. After Rival Sons rocked the house, STP came on the stage a few minutes early, prompting some fans to run to their places while spilling beer along the way!
Stone Temple Pilots opened their set with ‘Silvergun Superman’ and ‘Vasoline’ from their second studio album “Purple”, which will have a 25th Anniversary release later in October. They were mixed in with ‘Wicked Garden’ and ‘Crackerman’ from their debut album “Core”. These two albums were the most represented on the set list this night.
STP’s performance was just like the old days. Brothers Dean and Robert DeLeo were so energetic as if it was still the 1990’s. Behind the drums Eric Kretz was spectacular and his hair was flowing in the wind from a fan to the delight of all the ladies in attendance. Jeff Gutt definitely has his own vocal style, but sometimes there were flashes of Scott Weiland which older fans really appreciated. His vocal range complemented well with all of the band’s songs.
From the latest self-titled album STP played just two songs ‘Meadow’ and ‘Roll Me Under’. Of course they played their most decorated hit single ‘Plush’ (that had won MTV, Grammy, Billboard and American Music Awards) and the show was closed with their banger ‘Sex Type Thing’.
It was a good way to finish because, needless to say, it left the fans wanting more..!
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Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Philadelphia based Black/Thrash/Crossover Punk/Metal act the Necrosexual. Huge thanks to him for taking part!
What is your name, what do you play and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?
I’ve performed as a comedian and video correspondent for Metal Injection since 2012. Musically, I released my debut album “GRIM-1” in 2018, and wasted no time delivering my second cumming entitled “The Gory Hole Overture In F#”.
How did you come up with your band name?
I have a dark sense of humour, and I charge my performances with sexual machismo. Big GRIM energy, as I call it. It’s a bit derivative of black metal because there are already so many other bands and musicians who use the Necro- prefix, but that’s the point. It’s a play on all that has come before with my own colourful twist.
What country are you from and what is the metal scene like there?
I’m from the United States. There’s a metal scene, sure, but I see a real lack of showmanship and charisma. A lot of bands look the same and sound the same. No stage presence, no attitude. I’m here to entertain you, seduce you and brutalize you all at once.
What is your latest release (Album, EP, Single, Video)
From a guitarist’s stand point, definitely Slayer, Metallica, Kreator. They all inspired me to learn my chops and play music that is challenging, but still catchy. My biggest influences for attitude are Venom, Motorhead, Van Halen. Rock N roll baby!
What first got you into music?
I always say “it’s not a phase I’m going through dad!” But really, my dad has opened my eyes and ears from a young age to great rock music. He is a drummer and grew up in the seventies. I distinctly remember listening to “Dark Side Of The Moon” with him when I was six years old, and it blew my mind. Up until that point the only music I knew was from Sesame Street or Disney movies. So to go from that, to this futuristic space music with David Gilmour’s shimmering guitar leads and mind bending keyboard solos, it was quite the eye opening experience for baby Necro. My dad also got me my first Metallica CD when I was 12. He’s a big Yankees fan, so he dug it when they played “Enter Sandman” every time Mariano Rivera took the mound. In short, my dad unwittingly created this monster. And it’s definitely not a phase I’m going through!
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?
I have a longstanding dream to collaborate with S.T.A.R.W.O.O.D. They are a Philly-based, futuristic synth rock band. It sounds like if Ennio Morricone made a rock band in the Road Warrior universe. We played a show with them in the fall, so who knows what the future holds?
What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
The greatest gift I ever received is from artist Daniel Daruda, who painted a portrait of me. I am a flattery activated performer.
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
Keep it grim.
If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?
The bassist in me says Cliff Burton, naturally.
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
Venom – “Welcome To Hell”. The ultimate debut from the world’s first black metal band, so far as I’m concerned.
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?
The most important part is supporting the band, or your local record store that sells the music.
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
Halloween 2018 with Basilysk and S.T.A.R.W.O.O.D….RIFFS galore baby.
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
Slowly dying from boredom and regret.
What’s next for the band?
We play with the mighty THOR on May 7 in Philadelphia at Philamoca. I also plan to do a short east coast tour with Basilysk June 12-15 in Baltimore, Richmond and Raleigh. Then, it’s back to recording the next barrage of hits in my lair/.
What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?
Thank you Ever Metal for going one on one with the GRIM1. See you maniacs in hell
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Photograph reproduced with the kind permission of Chris Koontz