Stone Temple Pilots - Brixton Academy
Reforming in 2008 after a five year break, Stone Temple Pilots were back at Brixton Academy after almost a decade away from the UK. This time they were back in support of their new self titled album which was released on 24 May. Arriving into Brixton you could see the STP fans hanging in the bars and queuing outside, and for those who had not seen them at Download at the weekend, it was clear anticipation was high.
The band arrived on stage at 9:15pm and the crowd behind me could not have been more welcoming. Walking to the front of the stage, frontman Scott Weilland did not even have to speak, just spent a moment looking over the crowd, before breaking straight into 'Vasoline'. This fine opening set the pace, swiftly followed by one of my favourite songs, 'Crackerman'.
You could tell this was a band back in the groove: Weilland with his smooth dance moves just gliding around the stage; bassist Robert DeLeo was simply everywhere. Weilland took up permanent residence at stage front, perched on the floor monitors gazing over the crowd. A megaphone came into play for 'Crackerman' and again for 'Dead and Bloated' towards the end of the show.
After my first three songs for shooting I came back to watch the rest of the show, as I had been waiting a long time to see these guys. They really did not disappoint. The crowd was very mixed tonight, with many older fans mixing with a younger crowd. It was quite clear that their older material was more appreciated than their newer stuff, but people were still singing along and enjoying the new tracks. 'Behind the Lines' seemed to go down best, but for me it was 'Hickory Dichotomy'.
Half way through their set they played the STP classic that everyone knows and loves: 'Plush'. The crowd literally went crazy for this song and even I felt the hairs on the back of my neck and on my arms go up as soon as I heard the first few seconds. It was typical of an amazing night, and after 'Sex Type Thing' and people thinking that was the end, they came on for an encore finishing with 'Dead And Bloated' and 'Trippin’ On A Hole In A Paper Heart'. Upon finishing they all came to the front of the stage putting their arms around each other and with the crowd all cheering, they took a bow. Much deserved.
Setlist: Vasoline / Crackerman / Wicked Garden / Between The Lines / Hickory Dichotomy / Big Empty / Sour Girl / Creep / Plush / Interstate Love Song / Bagman / Huckleberry Crumble / Tumble In The Rough / Lounge Fly / Sex Type Thing // Dead And Bloated / Trippin’ On A Hole In A Paper Heart