Thurs March 15, 8 pm 21+
Recommended by Mark Lore
Stone Temple Pilots have never quite gotten their due. The band formed in San Diego and jumped on Seattle’s “grunge” gravy train with their 1992 debut, Core, a record loaded with the hopeless lyrics of Scott Weiland, who sounded like a chain-smoking Eddie Vedder. If Stone Temple Pilots faded after that album, they’d have been nothing but a footnote. But instead they went on to record some fantastic records, like 1994’s Purple, and 1996’s Tiny Music… Songs from the Vatican Gift Shop, which demonstrates Robert and Dean DeLeo’s knack for power pop and big arena hooks. For the past two decades, Stone Temple Pilots has been on-again, off-again; Scott Weiland (who died in 2015) was replaced by Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington in 2013, until his death last year. This would topple most bands, but they’re still forging ahead with another new singer, Jeff Gutt (who appeared on the reality series The X Factor), and a new record out later this year. While a big piece of the band was lost with Weiland, the DeLeo brothers are its soul. We’ll just have to wait and see if Stone Temple Pilots is still worthy of a place in 2018.