The popular American band Stone Temple Pilots appeared in Atlantic City Saturday night at the House of Blues with their new singer, Chester Bennington from the equally popular American band, Linkin Park.
The original singer and founder of the band, Scott Weiland was kicked out of the band earlier this year, and now lawsuits are flying in both directions.
Scott Weiland has a new band called the Wildabouts and went out on tour earlier this summer that included a stop in Philadelphia at the Trocadero, August 17. The 1,200 seat hall was nearly sold out.
Now, his band STP is out on tour without him, carrying on the Stone Temple Pilots' name and legacy with a new album and a new singer.
But seeing a new singer with this favorite band takes some adjusting for the fans. It’s similar to the aftermath of a divorce where the friends are left deciding who to side with. If the attendance at the STP show is any indication, it appears that many STP fans chose not to see the band with their new singer.
After all, in their heyday, Stone Temple Pilots sold out 25,000 seat venues* in Philadelphia; in fact, only three years ago they headlined the MMR-B-Q at the Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden, NJ to a packed house.
Now they are touring without their charismatic singer but with a strong singer from another popular band, with a hit record to boot ("Out of Time"). Yet the House of Blues, with a capacity of 2,300 was only about half full. The people have spoken?
STP (with CB) played most of their staple hits along with some of the songs from their forthcoming EP “High Rise” due in early October. (See set list below)
While Bennington hit all the notes and sounded great, Scott Weiland’s stage presence, theatrics and charisma were very much missed.
A treat of the night was seeing Filter open the show. They are on tour with STP w/CB for the duration. Their latest album The Sun Comes out Tonight was released in June.
The Stone Temple Pilots with Chester Bennington tour started in Bethlehem, Pa on Sept 4 and goes until November 1. Scott Weiland and the Wildabouts tour ended August 24.
Big Bang Baby
Dead & Bloated
Out of Time (new single from forthcoming EP High Rise)
Church On Tuesday
Interstate Love Song
Pop's Love Suicide
Sex Type Thing
Sex & Violence
Piece of Pie (with Richard Patrick, singer of Filter)
Trippin' on a Hole in a Paper Heart
*Stone Temple Pilots and Linkin Park sold out the First Union Center in Philadelphia (now the Wells Fargo Center) as part of the Family Values Tour October 22, 2001; The Spectrum November 27, 1996; and they headlined the MMR-B-Q at the 25,000 seat outdoor venue in Camden, NJ - the Susquehanna Bank Center only three years ago, in 2010.