Stone Temple Pilots with Chester Bennington coming to the House of Blues in Orlando
Orlando's House of Blues is playing both sides of the Stone Temple Pilots divide.
Less than a month after former singer Scott Weiland brings his solo "Purple at the Core" tour to the venue on Aug. 23, the remaining members of STP, plus Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington, will return there for a show on Sept. 18. Tickets start at $39.50; click here for details.
Just so we're all caught up: Three-fourths of the glam-grunge band fired Weiland earlier this year over his chronic lateness, disruptiveness and, well, for basically being Scott Weiland. Weiland fired back at the band, saying they had no right to continue the band without him, and decided to start playing STP songs on his own.
Meanwhile, STP guitarist Dean DeLeo, bassist Robert DeLeo and drummer Eric Kretz decided to go the all-star route in replacing the charismatic Weiland, bringing aboard the lead singer of mega-selling Linkin Park. The new supergroup has played and booked a few shows here and there -- including a radio festival on Sept. 21 in Fort Myers -- but this is their inaugural full-fledged tour.
What's interesting is that fans in Orlando (and all of central Florida, really) will now have a chance to judge firsthand which versions of Plush, Interstate Love Song and Sex Type Thing sound more authentic. And hey, anytime you get to see an arena-filler like Bennington in a club setting, that's not a bad thing, either.
-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*