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Stone Temple Pilots at Kool Haus, Toronto (Photos and Review)

24-Nov-2009 12:45 AM Contributed by: pete Concert Reviews
Stone Temple Pilots
Stone Temple Pilots
Crash Karma
Kool Haus in Toronto, Ontario on November 17, 2009
Full Photo Set (19 photos)

It's been many years since I've sat down and listened to a full album from the Stone Temple Pilots, but it didn't really matter because every song from all five of their full length albums seem to have been burned into my memory from repeated listening. Seeing them at the Kool Haus proved to be a reminder of just how much I listened to their music 10 years ago, as well as how much I like so many of their songs.

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The Kool Haus was filled to the brim, and the bar was only serving beer in plastic cups, so as a result the floor was soaked in beer from all the endless spills that were made as people tried to squeeze their way through the crowd carrying full beers back to their friends. The result was a stale beer odour that smelled a lot like an out-of-control party, probably appropriate for the majority of people that were there to see STP.

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There wasn't a song on the set list that I didn't know, and even though I have only listened to a few of the songs over the past few years, most of the lyrics seemed still fresh in my mind. By the third song in the set list, Vasoline, the crowd was singing along so loud that they were competing with the amplified vocals from from Scott Weiland (vocals), a volume level that was also achieved as the crowd sang along to Sour Girl. In addition to those two songs, it great to hear and see the band perform a variety of material that spanned their previously active songwriting years (1992-2001), such as Creep, Big Empty, Interstate Love Song, and Trippin' On A Hole In A Paper Heart, among many others. The band put on a show that emanated experience, and Weiland was active, lucid, and sounded great throughout. Even though were a couple of moments when he appeared to be on auto-pilot, those moments were pretty far between – and seriously, who could fault him for those small transgressions given that he's been performing these songs for nearly two decades?

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Even though I don't listen to Stone Temple Pilots regularly these days, their compositions were a large part of my music-listening life for over a decade during which I never got out to see them perform, so a night out photographing and rocking out to STP brought back all sorts of good memories from the 90's. The latest update from the band is that they have postponed their December and January concert dates until next year so that the band can complete the album they have in the works. By the time it is ready, it will be about 9 years since they released their last album Shangri-La Dee Da, so it will be interesting to hear what direction the choose for the new music.

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Addendum: I had a great time at this show and I'm happy I was there, but the permission to photograph arrived with baggage. Stone Temple Pilots' management put an agreement in front of the photographers that had to be signed before we were permitted to photograph the band. It stated that the band is granted license to use our photos for any purpose they desire, commercial or otherwise (similar to the agreement discussed in this article about photographing Them Crooked Vultures) and at the same time restricted our usage of the photos to the one article for which we were assigned. I can understand that a band may want to control how their image is used commercially, but somehow the agreements they are using have become much more severe than necessary. Fortunately, there are photographers working on a much more reasonable agreement to propose to the promotion and management companies. Just thought you might be interested.

Crash Karma

Crash Karma is effectively a Canadian supergroup, with Edwin (vocals) from I Mother Earth, Jeff Borrows (drums) from The Tea Party, Mike Turner (guitar) from Our Lady Peace, and Amir Epstein (bass) from Zygote.

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