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  • Live Review: Stone Temple Pilots, Deftones, Cage the Elephant — KROQ Weenie Roast 2010

    Mon, 07 Jun 2010 07:00:51

    Live Review: Stone Temple Pilots, Deftones, Cage the Elephant — KROQ Weenie Roast 2010 - Stone Temple Pilots and Deftones' new material soars alongside classics at KROQ's 2010 Weenie Roast in Irvine, CA. ARTISTdirect.com editor and <i>Dolor</i> author Rick Florino captures in this exclusive review…

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    Rock and roll got dirty at the Weenie Roast.

    Whether it was the rowdy groove of Stone Temple Pilots' "Between the Lines" or the combustible swoon of Deftones' "You've Seen the Butcher," the highlights of KROQ's annual start-of-summer fest were raw, real and raucous.

    Stone Temple Pilots were simply and utterly transcendent. The psychedelic hum beginning "Vasoline" gave way to an otherworldly rock show that saw the band reaching heights that only their heroes have attained. "Wicked Garden" sailed through the sold-out amphitheater on the coattails of Dean DeLeo's flawless riffing and Robert DeLeo's impenetrable bass. Eric Kretz's drum stomp propelled the groove as the brothers DeLeo hit each note with palpable passion. Simultaneously, Scott Weiland's vocals showed a pristine purity that matched his unbreakable stage swagger. Each chorus resounded through the night as Weiland poured his soul out through the PA.

    "Crackerman" could've been the soundtrack to Roger Corman flick with its driving guitar and bass salvo. Scott stood flanked by Robert and Dean, windmilling away with his trademark megaphone in hand as scenes from The Road Warrior played behind them. Unlike the Mel Gibson classic though, there was nothing apocalyptic about Stone Temple Pilots' set; this was another beginning of sorts, especially once the band started kicking out jams from their latest self-titled masterpiece.

    The hazy fuzz of new single "Between the Lines" and the country swagger of "Hickory Dichotomy" stood seamlessly alongside the band's classic fare because they played the most recent material with an unbridled fervor. Dean's guitar solo at the beginning of "Big Empty" was engaging and entrancing. As he slid down the fretboard, he continued to solidify his status as a modern guitar god. Meanwhile, Scott unleashed the powerful timeless hook with every inch of his spirit.

    Smiling at the crowd after "Big Empty," he announced, "This is another song off the new record."

    The band then launched into classic radio smash "Plush" as the audience roared in approval at Scott's sly intro. Tiny Music...Songs from the Vatican Gift Shop gem "Tumble in the Rough" burned and blasted with the tandem of Scott's crooning and Dean's ripping. "Lounge Fly" saw Dean tear through a bluesy Telecaster lead as Robert played an acoustic along perfectly complementing the sound. After "Sex Type Thing," the band left the stage victoriously only to return with an epic climax combo of "Dead and Bloated" and "Trippin On a Hole in a Paper Heart."

    As Scott roared, "I'm not dead and I'm not for sale," it was impossible not to feel him and it was also impossible not to see that Stone Temple Pilots are one of the greatest rock bands of all time.

    Deftones also proved worthy of that title after a 45-minute set headlining the Budweiser-sponsored side stage early in the day. The set spanned their much lauded catalog. "Rocket Skates" ignited the batteringly brilliant show with Stephen Carpenter's calculated thrash assault. New single "Diamond Eyes" built from a polyrhythmic Meshuggah-style stomp into a hazy delerium a la The Cure. Fueling the fury, Abe Cunningham blasted out one funkified metallic groove after another, proving that he's one of the genre's most dynamic and dangerous drummers.

    At the center of the sound stood singer Chino Moreno. There's a dark elegance to everything Moreno does, and he sounds better than ever doing it. Absolutely no one can unleash pain and passion like he can. During "Around the Fur," "My Own Summer (Shove It)" and "Lotion," his gorgeous vocal schizophrenia transfixed everyone within earshot. Then he managed to seemingly channel Robert Smith, Edgar Allan Poe and True Blood all at once on the dreamy knifing of "You've Seen the Butcher." The vibrant violence was tempered by Frank Delgado's electronic wizardry and Sergio Vega's unshakable bass grooves.

    Chaos careened to heights of rock god brilliance as the band capped the set off with early masterpiece "Birthmark." It was beautiful and bloody all at once, as the biggest mosh pit of the day broke out and dirt flew everywhere. That's just what a rock 'n' roll show should be.

    Cage the Elephant channeled that spirit during the dreamy "Lotus" and the fiery "Ain't No Rest for the Wicked," while Courtney Love brought Hole to a whole new level of dirtiness with her obscenity-laden set.

    Overall, the Weenie Roast was the perfect kick-off to the summer.

    —Rick Florino

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