STP rocks the range, preps fans for tomorrow’s Cleveland show

Going to tomorrow night’s Stone Temple Pilots reunion show at the State Theatre? Writer Matt Wardlaw caught the band’s performance at Columbus’ Rock the Range fest on Saturday. Here’s what you can expect. This past weekend’s second-annual Rock on the Range festival in Columbus served as a primer for the reunited Stone Temple Pilots’ show at the State Theatre tomorrow night. Within the slightly less intimate confines of Columbus Crew Stadium, STP kicked off their reunion tour with the mellow “Big Empty.” Ever the chameleon, frontman Scott Weiland – sporting a suit – then kicked up the energy with “Wicked Garden.” The problem-attracting singer was recently booted from Velvet Revolver for his erratic behavior, and Saturday’s performance wasn’t without its share of it. His between-songs banter was brief and often cryptic, often offering little more than a softly spoken title. The show was less about the talk and more about the rock. And that’s a good thing ...
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