Stone Temple Pilots Play First Of Reunion Shows, Scott Weiland Does Not Get Kicked Out Or Arrested

We’ve been keeping you apprised of the Velvet Revolver drama. Now it’s time for a bit of Stone Temple Pilots non-drama. After being fired by Slash & Co. last week, Scott Weiland played his first set with the reunited STP last night at the Harry Houdini Estate in Los Angeles. It was the band’s first together in five years. NME reports how it went down:

Original members Scott Weiland, guitarist Dean DeLeo, bassist Robert DeLeo and drummer Eric Kretz performed for a largely industry crowd to launch the 65-city tour they announced last week.

Looking dapper in a dark three-piece suit and tie, Weiland quipped, “None of us will wax poetically, we’ll just bash each other with guitars and mic stands.”

…Earlier in the evening, contortionists kept the crowd entertained underneath a colourful tent on the Houdini Estate. Weiland explained that the band chose to hold the event there because they had come to the secluded Hollywood Hills mansion in the early 1990s with director Gus Van Sant to film a video and fell in love with the place.

“We’re back together and we’re going on tour this summer,” Weiland said before announcing that Stone Temple Pilots are set to play a date at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles on June 24.

The band left the stage after just six songs, and the enthusiastic crowd chanted “STP” until they re-emerged. “It’s just a hand job tonight,” Weiland quipped before giving the crowd one final song, ‘Trippin On A Hole In A Paper Heart’.

They opened with “Big Empty,” which someone captured on video…

They sound good, but it’s kinda hard to get into it with that girl talking over parts. Here’s what came after the opener:

“Big Empty”
“Lady Picture Show”
“Big Bang Baby”
“Interstate Love Song”
“Trippin On A Hole In A Paper Heart”

Hopefully they beef it up some for the recently extended summer tour. Maybe they can get Velvet Revolver to open for them.