Stone Temple Pilots Doing Core Tour

Stone Temple Pilots

I was 15 when Stone Temple Pilots’ debut album Core first came out in 1992. I was a sophomore in high school, and loved Black Sabbath, Jane’s Addiction, Pearl Jam, Alice In Chains, and fucking Death. I was a mixed up kid.

My buddy Matt — who is still a great friend of mine — was the first dude to get the band’s new album. He played it for me, and I quickly wrote off STP as a poor man’s Pearl Jam.

Twenty years later, STP is still alive (if barely) and kicking, and will be touring later this summer to commemorate two decades since the album’s initial release.

At this point, it’s still unknown whether STP will be playing their debit album in its entirety on the trek. I would suggest they do that, because that’s the only way they can make such a tour truly special. And honestly, at this point, if you’re an STP fan, you’ve seen these dudes live already.

We have the initial dates for the tour at the end of this post.

I will say this about STP; I saw them once. They were the surprise guests for the K-Rock Dysfunctional Family Picnic some ten years ago at Jones Beach. I was there to see Jane’s Addiction…who played right after STP’s unexpected set.

All I can remember thinking was that in 15 minutes, Stone Temple Pilots conquered that stage, raped it, and then left it in shambles. They were fucking awesome, and I felt bad for the Jane’s dudes…I didn’t know how they would be able to follow-up STP’s set.

I’m sure they’re still good live, but its been ten years. They’re probably a lot slower now than when I saw them. Shit, I’m a lot slower.

Stone Temple Pilots dates:
8/25: Mashantucket, CT @ Foxwoods Casino

8/27: Huntington, NY @ The Paramount

8/29: Huntington, NY @ The Paramount

8/31: Gilford, NH @ Meadbowbrook U.S. Cellular Pavilion

9/1: Hershey, PA @ Hersheypark Stadium

9/24: Las Vegas, NV @ Pearl Concert Theater

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About Chris Harris

Chris Harris is an internationally-published music journalist and writer whose work has appeared on the pages of Rolling Stone, IFC, Revolver, Alternative Press, and Radar. The former news editor for Noisecreep, Harris also served as co-host for the site’s weekly podcast, “Creep Show." Before that, he spent four years writing for MTV News.

  • Stgardn21

    Chris, it is known that they will be playing the entire Core album….numerous interviews w/ the band have stated as much. As for if the band has lost a step, take 5 min. and look up some of their live performances posted in the last year. You can make your own decision after viewing. This article could have been much better had you not been too lazy to spend 10-15 min. extra to do really easy research. 

  • christhescribe

    everyone’s a fucking critic