My first day at Copenhell started out pretty chaotic, to be honest.
My first “must-see” band was STONE TEMPLE PILOTS who were going to play at the Helviti stage at 16:15 CET.
First of all I was actually pretty late coming out the door from home (as usual), but then it was just a downward spiral from there; My bus was late, and when it arrived it just got more late due to some technical issues with the bus and when I finally arrived at Copenhell, I was met by a HUGE queue, which made me totally stress out, as I got a message from the Copenhell app that STONE TEMPLE PILOTS would be on stage in 15 minutes.
I was really afraid I would miss the entire concert that I have been waiting for for 20+ years, but I was very lucky to meet some sweet Swedish collegaues from another Metal web site who helped me get in front of the queue and walk into the festival site (sorry to everyone else who had to wait in the queue).
Trust me, I am NOT a physically active person, but if I wasn’t running, I was at least walking very, very fast to be able to catch at least the last half of the STONE TEMPLE PILOT gig in this beautiful, sunny weather.
And I am happy to tell you I made it.
I am not able to tell you about the first half of their show (as already told, I wasn’t there) but when walking (running?) around the corner by the stage, I could hear the 90s grunge sound catching me.
When I hear this, I can’t help but smile! I feel like I am totally back in the 90s, listening to the Core album. Both myself and the crowd (a bit small for the Helviti stage, unfortunately) are singing along to a different, softer version of “Plush”.
Singer Jeff Gutt is not totally living up to my expectations, but it could be because he has pretty big shoes to fill, being no less than the third singer in the band after two very charismatic front men; Scott Weiland and Chester Bennington.
I have to admit that I haven’t listened to the new album from STONE TEMPLE PILOTS, but when hearing the new songs being played live, it sounds like they are trying to relive their success from the 90s, and I don’t think that can be done.
Even though Jeff Gutt and the rest of the band are doing their best to entertain the audience, I don’t feel like it’s enough. They don’t seem to grasp the audience the same way they did during their star period.
All in all I, enjoy reliving the old songs that many of us know and love, but personally I am disappointed that I waited 25 years to see them live as I am sure the whole experience would have been better back then.
1. Wicked Garden
4. Big Bang Baby
5. Big Empty
8. Interstate Love Song
9. Roll Me Under
10. Dead & Bloated
11. Trippin' on a Hole in a Paper Heart
12. Sex Type Thing
Playing Time: 60 minutes
Dean DeLeo - Guitar
Robert DeLeo - Bass
Eric Kretz - Drums
Jeff Gutt - Vocals