They came out one by one, each grabbing their instruments with humbleness and pride walking onto the stage while the crowd cheered and clapped with excitement. It was going to be a night that Seattle and STP fans would relish and remember for a long time. With Chester Bennington on the microphone, Robert Deleo on bass, Robert’s brother Dean Deleo on guitar, and Eric Kretz on drums the band launched into their first song of the night performing Lounge Fly, as everyone sang along in unison. The nearly 3000 screaming fans in the theater hearing Benningtonr’s voice sing with STP knew that they were in for a treat for the remainder of the evening.
After performing Lounge Fly, Bennington bowed to the crowd thanking them as if being accepted in a way that he never had before. The next song up on the list was Vasoline from the band’s first album titled Core which was recorded in 1992 and went to number three on the Billboard charts during that time, which was followed by Wicked Garden also from the Core album. That song just added more fuel to the fire that inevitably brought down the house that night. The crowd going absolutely insane jamming and banging their heads to a song they all knew so well. With Robert Deleo on bass, you could surely tell that he was having a great first show of the tour, getting into the grooves and sounds, swaying his body back and forth, getting as close to the fans as possible, tapping his heart letting them know that he was grateful for being there on stage sharing those moments with his band mates. Robert’s brother, Dean Deleo ripped the six string all night long, jumping continuously and frantically while smiling the whole time, sharing close moments with Bennington back to back. Kretz seemed to be having a great time as well, he was all smiles behind the kit, while not missing a single beat.
At about 15 hit songs in, Bennington saw a couple of kids in the front row waving a sign saying that they wanted a pair of Kretz’s drumsticks. After Bennington had read the sign, he invited both the young boys on the stage, rewarding them each with a pair of drumsticks, some guitar picks, and a photo with the band facing the crowd. It definitely made the band’s and the young boy’s night without fail. Stone Temple Pilots ended up playing 20 hit songs such as Sex Type Thing, Creep, Big Empty, Plush, Interstate Love Song and many more following up with a roaring encore featuring Piece of Pie, and the final song of the night, Dead and Bloated which ended with a bang. The band then grouped together and took one last bow before exiting the venue with a palpable roar.
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