^
Keep Houston Press Free
4

Stone Temple Pilots & Blue October at The Woodlands, 7/19/2014

Bud Lite Weenie Roast Feat. Stone Temple Pilots, Blue October, 10 Years Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion July 19, 2014

When it was first announced that Chester Bennington would be singing with the Stone Temple Pilots, the public raised a collective eyebrow and even avid Linkin Park fans wondered if he possessed the chops for the job. But Bennington slowly won over fans, both old and new.

With an appreciation for the band's original sound but also a swagger all his own, he strode out onto the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion stage Saturday night alongside the rest of the band's original lineup to the elation of the crowd.

Unlike many contemporary rock concerts, Bennington's vocals were subdued, set alongside the bass and guitar levels instead of high above them. As fans gleefully sang along to the likes of "Sex Type Thing," "Vaseline," "Big Empty" and "Dead & Bloated," it became clear that Bennington had resolved himself not to reinvent the wheel.

Despite being the band's new face, he recognizes his place as a part of the band, as a piece but not the whole. He wasn't hired to steal the show, and he knows it.

STP has been doing its thing for some two and a half decades now. And as elucidated in numerous interviews, Bennington is just excited to be a part of one of his favorite groups.

So while he might strut about the stage as if he owns it, what he's really doing in swaying the cameras and the crowd's attention toward the other band members, offsetting the audience's tendency to focus on the vocalist.

And yes, his vocals were on point. No, he wasn't Scott Weiland, but Bennington gave the original vocalist his due without adding too much of his own flair, instead allowing the band to perform as one cohesive unit.

Even when the band was performing new tunes, fans were gleefully cheering them on. For an hour and a half, Bennington spoke sparingly and instead allowed the music to speak for itself. It was exactly how it was supposed to be.

Story continues on the next page.

Before STP, hometown favorites Blue October got the crowd hyped with one of the strongest performances they've ever given. Reaching deep into their repertoire, vocalist Justin Furstenfeld and crew was able to tap into the raw energy and emotion found on their older albums and still espouse the hope-filled message from their latest release, Sway.

"We spent a lot of time focusing on the bad stuff," Furstenfeld told the crowd. "But it's time to put that victim shit away."

10 Years took the stage in the late afternoon and were the first band of the day to garner any real attention. The Tennessee natives heightened the crowd's collective pulse with their unique blend of heavy and alternative rock, setting the stage for the acts that followed.

Personal Bias: A solid lineup and plenty of cloud cover made for a pretty great day for an outdoor concert.

Overhead In the Crowd: "He [Bennington] looks like an embryo to me."

ROCKS OFF'S GREATEST HITS

I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Houston and help keep the future of Houston Press free.

The Ask Willie D Archives Houston's Top 10 Hipster Bars, Clubs & Icehouses 2014 Today's 10 Most Promising Young Metal Bands Hip-Hop's Seven Best Breakup Songs Houston's Top 10 Rooftop Bars and Lounges


Keep the Houston Press Free... Since we started the Houston Press, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Houston, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Houston with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.