Is it worth it to drive 4 hours to see Stone Temple Pilots and Seether play at the Budweiser Gardens in London, Ontario? Absolutely YES!! A hundred times YES. The long running rock/alternative outfit Stone Temple Pilots dropped their new album earlier this year and currently touring North America to remind their fans how good this 4 piece band can sound when they are live. The brothers Dean and Robert DeLeo along with drummer Eric Kretz played perfectly in sync portraying their musical experience that has only made them better with time. The band went through a lot of struggles in the last few years with death of their two front man Scott Weiland and Chester Bennington (Chester was temporarily with the band after Scott Weiland departed from Stone Temple Pilots in 2013). I don't even have the capability to imagine how the death of two fellow musicians could have negatively affected the band but Stone Temple Pilots showed their strength and love for music in their new album and at the concert. Along with newer hits the band played their classics "Interstate Love Song" and a beautiful slow version of "Plush" which was powerful enough to make every one in the audience scream and sing along with the new singer Jeff Gutt. There were times when Jeff reminded the audience of Scott Weiland as they both have similar body language on stage. However, Jeff's distinct voice proves why he is right for the band and why he collaborated so well in the new album with the rest of the band. This concert was not just a nostalgia trip of Stone Temple Pilots in the 90's but also eargasm to fans who love to hear the rock/grungy alternative riffs played by amazing musicians whose live collaboration will force you to stand up and sing your lungs out.
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