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WMMR-B-Q Concert - Stone Temple Pilots / Alice in Chains
Written By: Gary Crouthamel
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WMMR-B-Q Concert - Stone Temple Pilots / Alice in Chains
Stone Temple Pilot
WMMR-B-Q Concert - Stone Temple Pilots / Alice in Chains
WMMR-B-Q Concert - Stone Temple Pilots / Alice in Chains
Stone Temple Pilot
WMMR-B-Q Concert - Stone Temple Pilots / Alice in Chains
WMMR-B-Q Concert - Stone Temple Pilots / Alice in Chains
Scott Weiland
WMMR-B-Q Concert - Stone Temple Pilots / Alice in Chains
WMMR-B-Q Concert - Stone Temple Pilots / Alice in Chains
Scott Weiland
WMMR-B-Q Concert - Stone Temple Pilots / Alice in Chains
WMMR-B-Q Concert - Stone Temple Pilots / Alice in Chains
Eric Kretz
WMMR-B-Q Concert - Stone Temple Pilots / Alice in Chains
WMMR-B-Q Concert - Stone Temple Pilots / Alice in Chains
WMMR-B-Q Concert - Stone Temple Pilots / Alice in Chains
Robert DeLeo
WMMR-B-Q Concert - Stone Temple Pilots / Alice in Chains
WMMR-B-Q Concert - Stone Temple Pilots / Alice in Chains
WMMR-B-Q Concert - Stone Temple Pilots / Alice in Chains
Dan DeLeo
WMMR-B-Q Concert - Stone Temple Pilots / Alice in Chains
WMMR-B-Q Concert - Stone Temple Pilots / Alice in Chains
Skillet/ Fuel / Three Days Grace / Automatic Fire / Dive
Susquehanna Bank Center, Camden, NJ • Sunday, May 23, 2010
 
        For Philadelphia's WMMR's 10th annual MMR-B-Q concert, the doors opened at noon.  I thought I'd get there early for this ALL DAY EVENT! When I pulled into the parking lot at 11:30, traffic was already backed up. As I parked and walked to the venue, there was the usual pre-concert tailgate atmosphere. Philly likes their beer drinking games, folks were grilling, and of course, everyone was cranking out music of the bands that would take the stage that day.
        Up first, at 1:35, was the local Philly band AUTOMATIC PILOT, with two original members of the old Philly band SILVERTIDE. You can check them out at  www.theautomaticfire.com. Next up, at 2:20, was another local philly band called DIVE. Go to MySpace.com/Dive for more about them. Next, at 3:15, was SKILLET, a grammy-nominated Christian Rock Band that played a 45-minute set of songs from their 8 albums. Check them out at www.Skillet.com. Then, at 4:20, FUEL, with only its original singer left in the band, Brett Scallions. They raced through a 50-minute set playing all their hits from 10 albums and EP's. Check them out at www.fuelrocks.com. Up at 5:55 was THREE DAYS GRACE, a Canadian Rock Band that rocked their one-hour set with a mix of their hits from 3 studio albums. I'd heard of them and while listening I did reconize a few songs. They were very impressive and had a nice stage set-up. Check them out at www.ThreeDaysGrace.com. At 7:25 ALICE IN CHAINS came on. Their publicist issued NO media credentials which left us photog's just watching their show instead of shooting it, so I won't review their set other than to say they'll be headlining their own tour mid September to October and you can check them out at  www.aliceinchains.com.
        Finally, the headliner of the night, at 9:15, was STONE TEMPLE PILOTS, with Scott Weiland on vocals, brothers Dean DeLeo on guitar and Robert DeLeo on bass and Eric Kretz on drums. They opened with "Vasoline," playing the first half of the song in the dark . . . the only thing lit was their huge LCD Video screen behind the band that projected colors, patterns and phychdelic images throughout their song set. Next was "Wicked Garden" and "Crackerman" before Weiland stopped to say, "Hi Philly. How's everyone doing?" The crowd of 25,000 responded with a thunderous applause.Then the band launched into some of their new songs, including their lead single "Between The Lines" and “Hickory Dichotomy" from their newly released album  "Stone Temple Pilots". With Robert and Dan Deleo providing sparse but appropiate background vocals and Weiland, despite having his troubles with the law, and with former bandmates past and present, this guy clearly hasn't lost the edge off his voice or stage presence! The band then went into a blistering medley of hits that included "Big Empty", "Sour Girl", "Creep", "Plush" and "Interstate Love Song" before stopping to give the crowd two more new songs from the new album . . .  "Bagman" and "Huckleberry Crumble" that drew a rousing applause once again. Now, for the die-hard STP fans, the energy from the audience was elevated to a higher level when they tore into "Tumble in the Rough" and "Loungefly." Then they invited Jerry Cantrell (from Alice In Chains) onstage to close out their main set with "Sex Type Thing." The crowd was wild, singing along to every word.  One of the high points of the night occurred when Weiland invited a fan onstage to sing the introduction to "Dead and Bloated" by singing through his trademark megaphone before closing their 90-minute set with "Trippin' on a Hole in a Paper Heart."
        At the end of this long day of rock, it's pretty safe to say that not many of the 25,000 fans in attendance went home disappointed. The newer songs will most likely take shape as the tour progresses. STONE TEMPLE PILOTS will no doubt be one of the top concert draws of the summer. You can view their website at www.StoneTemplePilots.com for updates on their tour. If I have the opportunity to catch them again, I'M THERE!!!
– Gary Crouthamel, concert photo journalist
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