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Reenergized Stone Temple Pilots headed to Clifton Park

Reenergized Stone Temple Pilots headed to Clifton Park

Band to perform Sept. 10 at Upstate Concert Hall
Reenergized Stone Temple Pilots headed to Clifton Park
Stone Temple Pilots
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CLIFTON PARK  — Stone Temple Pilots singer Jeff Gutt says he’s thrilled to be headed back out on the road. 

The seminal quartet, best known for a string of mid-1990s hits like the Grammy Award-winning “Plush,” “Wicked Garden” and “Vasoline,” performs at Upstate Concert Hall on Tuesday, Sept. 10. 

The Capital Region gig is one of the first stops on the tour.

“We’ll be fresh and new,” Gutt said. 

The San Diego-based outfit exploded onto the music scene in the early-1990s, quickly rocketing up the airwaves by welding grunge to king-sized arena rock riffs. 

While their roots were initially rooted in grunge, each successive release pushed the quartet into more experimental territory, from alternative rock, acoustic balladry and even strains of bossa nova with 1996’s “Tiny Music... Songs from the Vatican Gift Shop.”

The innovative formula ultimately led to 70 million in album sales. But the band hit a rough patch with mercurial on-again, off-again original frontman Scott Weiland, who died in 2015.

Original members Dean DeLeo (guitar), Robert DeLeo (bass) and Eric Kretz (drums) embarked on a second act with Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington, who died by suicide in 2017.

Gutt joined the band two years ago after beating out 15,000 hopefuls during the band’s 18-month search to fill the slot. 

Since then, the Michigan native has cut one LP with the band, last year’s self-titled seventh album, which is chock full of melodic hard rock ear worms.

Tracks like "Meadow" and the Gutt-penned "The Art of Letting Go" revealed the outfit is no mere nostalgia act eager to ride on their 1990s successes, and is intent on plowing ahead carving out a new chapter. 

This year has been a fertile time for the newly energized band, who are preparing for the reissue of their sophomore effort, “Purple,” in commemoration of its 25th anniversary on Sept. 13. 

Earlier this summer, the band embarked on a tour of Europe and South America. 

“Some of those places, STP hasn’t been for a long time, so we didn’t know what to expect,” Gutt said. “It was all love. Everyone was going crazy and you could feel that energy of the crowd. It was an amazing time and hopefully we can bring some of that to this tour.” 

The band recently finished recording another record with Gutt at the helm.

“It was supposed to be a few songs and we ended up just writing a whole record,” he said. “Everyone had so many songs, it just kind of happened that way. It was an amazing experience, a very beautiful record and I’m really excited for the world to hear it.” 

Their return to the Capital Region is their first since 2011, and their debut appearance with their new frontman.

The setlist for the upcoming tour remains a work in progress, Gutt said, who acknowledged the band’s extensive catalog. 

“I pick my battles,” he laughed. “But there’s so many good ones.” 

The singer said he had his eye on some deep cuts, including “Army Ants,” the driving alterna-thrasher from “Purple” and “Glide,” which requires a degree of falsetto vocal dexterity. 

Above all, he's pumped to be on the road again with his bandmates and perform for a new generation of fans. 

“I’m just trying to keep up,” he said. 


Stone Temple Pilots

With: Camp Howard
When: 8 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 10
Where: Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park
Tickets: $35 advance; $38 day of show. For tickets, visit ticketweb.com, the club box office  (371-0012) or 51Vape, 1321 Central Ave., Colonie
More info: upstateconcerthall.com

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