Stone Temple Pilots El Paso, Speaking Rock Casino
From page 98 of Classic Rock Magazine June 2011
Weiland stays sober for a stunner.
“This is the first summer show we’ve played in
winter time,” observes a surprisingly sober and present Scott Weiland as the recently reformed STP hit the stage a mere 10 minutes late. Warming up with a robust Crackerman , the pleasure of reunion is writ large on their beaming visages. Visually Joaquin Cortez meets the Thin White Duke, Weiland mesmerises the female Latinos who scream throughout the show.
Around him the band are an entertainment in themselves; Dean DeLeo delivers the guitar hero moves without irony while his brother Robert wields his bass like a lead instrument, lurching zombie-like around the stage. Drummer Eric Kretz is a revelation; hunched over his battery, he’s the engine powering STP.
Naturally, the 22-song STP history lesson highlights favourites like Vaseline, Big Empty, Plush, Sex Type Thing, Dead & Bloated , but new additions Between The Lines, Hickory Dichotomy and Huckleberry Crumble (their Aerosmith moment) nestle snugly among them. Who cares that Weiland and the band travel in separate buses; they’re back together where it counts live onstage, and with a perfectly constructed, beautifully lit, impeccably performed show.