Nate Chinen of The New York Times reports: Scott Weiland, the lead singer of STONE TEMPLE PILOTS, had just a few words for the crowd at the PNC Bank Arts Center [in Holmdel, New Jersey] on Saturday night [May 31], and that was probably a good thing. Two weeks into this post-grunge band's reunion tour, he seemed bedraggled and bushed, like a scarecrow. His first comments were barely coherent, and what came next was dispiriting. "Sometimes you make crazy choices," he said, in a distinctly undefiant tone.
The evening was billed as 92.3 K-ROCK's Return of the Rock, with opening sets by the alternative-rock bands FILTER and ASHES DIVIDE. STONE TEMPLE PILOTS finally appeared more than an hour after FILTER, and there were boos mixed in with the cheers. Mr. Weiland noted that this was a hometown show for half of the band, the brothers Robert and Dean DeLeo, who play bass and guitar. "I apologize for ..." he started to add.
"Apology accepted, brother," Robert DeLeo said quickly, changing the subject and hustling on with the show. [See video of this portion of the concert below.] There would be time for contrition later: the tour is running through the rest of the summer, provided Mr. Weiland can hold it together that long.
Read the entire review from The New York Times.
Photos courtesy of Flickr user "m&s weiss":
Fan-filmed video footage of Weiland's "speech" and apology at the PNC show (courtesy of "TourBusDriver"):