Scott Weiland at The House of Blues Cleveland

Scott Weiland At The House Of Blues in Cleveland, OhioI had the opportunity to attend last night’s Scott Weiland show at the House of Blues in Cleveland.  The show was billed as Scott playing the first two Stone Temple Pilots albums in their entirety.  I’m a huge STP fan so I jumped at the chance to see the former front man perform what I consider to be his best work.

NOTE: For those of you that don’t know, Weiland was recently dismissed as the band’s lead singer after 20 years.

As I said before, the show was billed as STP’s first two albums (Core and Purple) in their entirety.  Unfortunately, what we got was neither, though Weiland did put together a 17 song show… once he got on stage.  See, Mr. Weiland decided to come on stage about 45 minutes late and appeared (at least from where I was sitting) to be completely bombed out of his mind.  There’s a certain level of brilliance that seems to come from drug & alcohol use amongst singers, but sadly the Cleveland crowd didn’t get any of that last night.

The band sounded good and there were flashes of that old brilliance from Weiland, but for the overwhelming majority of the time it was a sad state of affairs.  A whole SLEW of folks walked out before the show was over.  Weiland was slurring and forgetting words on a regular basis and had pitch problems the likes of first-week American Idol hopefuls.  I can’t even carry a tune in the shower, so if I thought it was bad that should tell you something.

At one point, Weiland told a story about “The Drive” and “The Fumble” to the hometown crowd which as Clevelanders we’re all too familiar with.  Unfortunately, Scott “misremembered” these stories as he attributed them to Jacob’s Field (The former name for Progressive Field, home of the Cleveland Indians for those not in the know.)

Scott Weiland House Of Blues Cleveland Ticket

Sadly, the excitement of getting to hear and see the former glory that was Stone Temple Pilots wore off pretty quickly.  The folks that I was with were giving odds of Weiland falling off stage.  I said 20:1… others said as high as 3:1.  There were discussions about bad karaoke and as I said before folks were heading for the doors WAY before the show was over.

The Core and Purple advertised set list turned into a jumble of cover tunes, some new Weiland stuff and a bunch of STP stuff:

  • Crackerman 
  • Wicked Garden
  • Paralysis
  • Naked Sunday
  • Creep
  • The Jean Genie (David Bowie)
  • Kitchenware & Candybars
  • Where The River Goes
  • Mountain Song (Jane’s Addiction)
  • Big Empty
  • Can’t Stand Me Now (The Libertines)
  • Still Remains
  • Interstate Love Song
  • Vasoline
  • Roadhouse Blues (The Doors)
  • Missing Cleveland
  • Unglued

As I’m writing this review I’m realizing that it’s pretty negative.  Honestly its cause I was super disappointed.  As I said, STP is one of my favorite bands and to be let down like this was kind of a bummer.  In doing a quick Googling I see that I’m not alone in my thoughts:

Again, I can’t say it was a good show by any stretch of the imagination.  I was REALLY hoping to hear Plush (my favorite STP tune) and he left it out completely.  That said it was awesome to hear some live Stone Temple Pilots and I’m glad I went.

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8 Comments

  1. Dammit… I forgot to add a reference to #inthebox in this post 🙂

  2. And a special shout out and thanks to @CristiKaib & @case4cleveland for letting me tag along with them to the show!

  3. …I thought he was just let go from Velvet Revolver, not STP

  4. I am very sorry to hear he is not doing well.

    • @Travis – very sad indeed. I really do hope that he can pull it together. He’s CRAZY talented which is part of the reason this is such a bummer.

  5. If others left the show early, why didn’t you? Would’ve saved a lot of trouble. Hope it was worth it.

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