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Monday, August 25, 2008

Reader review 3: Fantasia @ the Civic Center

Posted by on Mon, Aug 25, 2008 at 6:15 PM

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Fantasia at the Atlanta Civic Center, Sat., Aug. 23

Submitted by Mimi Truitt

The Civic Center was filled with people dressed in their Sunday best to hear Fantasia Barrino wail. Miss Barrino bounced onto the stage dressed like an around-the-way girl with a sequined tank top, painted-on jeans and an asymetrical haircut.

She kicked her heels off and began screaming — I mean singing — some random tune. Don't get me wrong, Fantasia is certainly an engaging performer. She hops into the crowd and barely stays onstage throughout the show. Then she invites audience members onstage with her — including an old pimpish-type cat, dressed from head to toe in lime green.

Fantasia is definitely an old soul. When she talks to the audience, she reminds me of Patti Labelle or Tina Turner. She even had the crowd swaying cell phone lights from left to right as she belted out Prince's "Purple Rain."

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Reader review 2: Stone Temple Pilots @ Verizon Amphitheatre

Posted by on Mon, Aug 25, 2008 at 6:13 PM

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

Submitted by Wes Bingham

STP delivered a solid show at a brand new venue with great sound. Scott Weiland was unusually mellow and talked very slowly in between songs.

The real story of the night came towards the end when, in the middle of a song, Weiland turned around and flipped off drummer Eric Kretz twice. I thought they might break up right in front of us.

When they finished the song, Weiland walked back to the skin set and Kretz angrily pointed around the stage while guitarist Dean DeLeo acted as mediator.

After abruptly leaving for the encore break, they came back and it was Weiland who screwed the pooch and left out a verse during “Trippin’ on a Hole in a Paper Heart.”

After the encore, Kretz and Weiland raced to get off stage. No group bow, no waving, no drumstick throwing, no nothing. Good luck to the cities ahead on this tour, it could be a bumpy ride.

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Reader review 1: Stone Temple Pilots @ Verizon Amphitheatre

Posted by on Mon, Aug 25, 2008 at 6:00 PM

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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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