By Eddie Jorgensen
Let’s face it, weekday shows are hard on Sacramentans working a Nine-to-Five; but when one of the most-groundbreaking bands of the 90s comes to town, there’s more than a reason to venture out on even the hottest summer nights.
After suffering the loss of two great vocal talents – Scott Weiland to overdose and Chester Bennington to suicide – it’s no small wonder how the Deleo brothers and drummer Eric Kretz have managed to keep marching on. Yet Stone Temple Pilots is still making the music that means so much to its fans.
What started with the band’s debut, “Core,” on Capitol Records back in 1992 has blossomed into one awe-inspiring rock and roll tour-de-force. And while the Grunge epoch is considered the Pilots’ golden era, it has released four solid records in the 21st Century, including the acoustic milestone “Perdida” three years ago. Once written off as a byproduct of a certain musical moment, the Grammy-winning team of the Deleo brothers have continued to prove themselves with each successive release, creating a distinctive sound that rises above their less memorable rock peers.
On Aug. 7, that legacy will be on display when Stone Temple Pilots take the stage at the Toyota Amphitheare in Wheatland. Music fans say the band’s live shows are still a thing of wonder, especially given the sheer number of radio hits in their setlist, including “Vasoline,” “Interstate Love Song,” “Sex Type Thing” and “Dead and Bloated.” Additionally, the Pilots’ current singer, Jeff Gutt, excels at taking on irreplaceable roles and doing justice to vocal legends.
The Aug. 7 shows includes performances from Smashing Pumpkins and Rival Sons. Lawn seats for the show start at just $20, with other general admission and Pit options ranging up to $169.50. Tickets for this all-ages show can be purchased at www.livenation.com. The Toyota Amphitheare is located at 2677 Forty Mile Road in Wheatland.