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Reader review 1: Stone Temple Pilots @ Verizon Amphitheatre

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Stone Temple Pilots at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, Sat., Aug 23

Submitted by Tom Baker

There's no telling what Stone Temple Pilots could've done if they hadn't succumbed to their own excesses, but they've got hits.

"Interstate Love Song" is one of the ten best rock songs recorded in the ’90s, and the growling hooks of "Plush" sound just as good today as they did when STP were still being tagged as Pearl Jam knockoffs (a rap I never really understood, even as a PJ fan).

Tonight, lead singer Scott Weiland — whose thin frame and spidery dance moves made him look like he was about to blow away — seemed to be talking to himself half the time. "Sour Girl" was a leaden train wreck, and only the rocked-out invocation of "Redemption Song" felt anything close to spontaneous.

But STP are erstwhile metalheads with an undeniable knack for pop songcraft, and at its best, this concert allowed them to show off those skills in spades.

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