Stone Temple Pilots Tour Going About As Well As You Expected

Aug 4th, 2008 // 14 Comments


It’s been a while since we heard of any disasters on the Stone Temple Pilots reunion tour, but last week’s concert in Phoenix brought Scott Weiland and his bandmates back on the trainwreck path. It got off to an unfortunate start, as you can see from the above video, with Weiland mumbling an introduction to “Big Empty” before being propelled backwards and into the drum kit of Eric Kretz, no doubt because of the power of his inebriated yarl. (The fall comes at around the 1:23 mark, although the intro really helps contextualize things.) And the mishap must have jumbled things up in his brain even more, because he then went on to forget and alter the lyrics to the track. A description from an Arizona Republic writer who saw the whole thing go down in non-pixellated form follows:

The lengthy set opened with Big Empty from The Crow soundtrack. Dressed in a grey suit Weiland stumbled around the stage and fell into drummer Eric Kretz’s drum kit which confirmed he is now officially the Amy Winehouse of rock ‘n’ roll. When he did sing he often forgot words or changed them. “Conversations Kill” quickly became “Masturbation Kill.”

The singer’s incoherent rants in between songs were cut off by his band members starting the next song to stop the bleeding. Guitarist Dean DeLeo and his brother bassist Robert DeLeo looked humiliated as they ripped through classics like Wicked Garden, Big Bang Baby and Vasoline.

“Masturbation kill”? Something must be wrong. Anyway, at this point, I’m less surprised by this all going down than I am by the fact that the following bit is not on YouTube yet:

The crowd was really thrown for a loop when the singer busted out an a cappella cover of Bob Marley’s Redemption Song which felt like it went on for an hour because it was hard to understand anything he was saying.

Well, that’s what happens when you emancipate yourself from mental slavery!

Weiland disappoints at Dodge [Arizona Republic]
SCOTT WEILAND Falls Into ERIC KRETZ’s Drum Kit During STP’s Phoenix Concert; Video Available [Blabbermouth]

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  1. Ned Raggett

    I would actually have some respect for this band if they had recorded and released it as “Masturbation Kill.” Imagine the video.

  2. Anonymous

    I blame the DeLeo brothers for dragging his bloated corpse onto the bus in the first place

  3. Oface

    Suhwweet. They’re coming to Nashville to play the Grand Ole Opry. I MUST buy a ticket!

  4. Al Shipley

    Pathetic as it is I’m kind of really looking forward to seeing STP this weekend, hope they can hold it together at least until then.

  5. Jerkwheat

    @Al Shipley: Sunday in Baltimore? We’re running wagers amongst ourselves as to at what level Weiland will blow up before our very eyes…

  6. TheContrarian

    Do report back. (Maura, surely you can find another reason to post about Weiland so we can get a comment account?)

  7. Anonymous

    sorry, don’t see the “drunk” that people see. You folks are fishing…

    How is the guy backing up, misjudging the drum riser, then sitting… getting up then in around 2:30, stands up on a monitor takes off his jacket and dancing? Correct me if I’m wrong but if you’re that f’d up, you’re not doing that with any sort of grace.

    Also the lyric play? Hey, sorry. I see bands change up and have fun with lyrics all the time, you never know what mood they are in before they go on.

    Finally, I’ve been waiting for Shane McGowern to “blow up” since 1987 when I saw him pass out on stage… Hasn’t happened yet, and probably won’t.

  8. Maura Johnston

    @gjmacd: did you listen to him talk???

  9. Anonymous

    Ouch, yeah Id be embarrassed too if I was on stage at the same time as this douche.

    As a musician, it is totally possible to play drunk, but god damn, know your limits.

  10. Anonymous

    Sorry, Arizona Republic, but Weiland has been fucking up and getting
    too high to function since Winehouse was just a child. She is now
    officially the Scott Weiland of pop.

  11. Anonymous

    @gjmacd:

    are you serious? he didn’t “misjudge”, he lost his momentum. If you’ve seen weiland perform with STP before, that wasn’t “dancing”. It was swaying. He was loaded. Get over it, the man is a mess.

    Saw the show in NJ over a month ago. They took over an hour to get on stage after Filter opened up. Can’t wait to find out what happens at the show tomorrow on Long Island.

  12. Anonymous

    The way I see it, this guy is one of the last true “Rock Star” front men.

    It looked like he was sucking at this show for sure, but the Wieland that showed up at CMAC was rocking the place.
    STP has always seemed like the band that critics (which everyone is these days, with instant replay on everything) love to hate.

    All I can say is, keep it together Scott, and lets get a new album from you guys.

    Thanks for the awesome show at CMAC.

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  13. Anonymous

    great. im gonna be seein them tomorrow night at musikfest. hopefully they will give him a chair or something… i knew i shoulda got tix for van halen :) jump!

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