Music Review: Stone Temple Pilots: Alive In the Windy City (Blu-ray, Eagle Rock Entertainment)

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Stone Temple Pilots Alive In the Windy City Blu-ray

Amazingly, this Blu-ray is the first full-length concert ever released by Stone Temple Pilots on home video. Filmed in 201o but released in 2012, this stunning live Blu-ray showcases what made and continues to make STP one of the best, most powerful rock bands to emerge from the 1990s alternative scene.

Of course, the focal point for STP in its heyday was—and remains—singer Scott Weiland. When I reviewed Weiland’s performance with STP-meets-Guns’ N’ Roses supergroup Velvet Revolver on that band’s 2010-released Live in Houston DVD, I noted that Weiland looked emaciated and sickly (he was going through some heavy substance-abuse troubles at the time) but was still a compelling, hard-to-ignore frontman. Reportedly clean and sober, Weiland has filled out some from his stick-thin Velvet Revolver days, but he’s still a force to be reckoned with as a singer and bandleader. His moves are from another planet, and his vocals have never been stronger.

The band, too, is in fighting form throughout this superb concert. Guitarist Dean DeLeo, his brother Robert on bass and drummer Eric Kretz play with the fire of prime Led Zeppelin and have a precision, tightness and restraint that’s been grown in their many years playing together.

STP temporarily spit from 2002 to 2008, but on the strength of their self-titled 2010 reunion CD and this performance, they’ve regained their standing as one of the best rock bands around, bar none. The set list played here is exemplary, hitting upon that unjustly underrated CD as well as 1990s classics such as “Vasoline”, “Plush” and “Interstate Love Song.”

The Blu-ray itself is excellent, with a superb DTS-HD Master Audio mix and true high-def videography capturing the energetic players and their rapturous sold-out crowd—all befitting this back-from-the-ashes, triumphant rock band at the peak of their powers.

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