REVIEW OF LAST NIGHT’S STONE TEMPLE PILOTS’ SHOW IN DETROIT, MICHIGAN

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Man, what a night!

Taddy Porter was the first opener. They surprised me in a good way; not anything groundbreaking, but they’re damn good at what they do.

Toby Redd was next. It was pretty cool for these guys to get in the spotlight after so many years of obscurity. I had never heard of them before, but for a local Detroit band that was so popular back in the day, it was nice to know they could relive the good ol’ days. I must add that Chad Smith is a monster on drums and he of course destroyed his kit when the set was over.

STP was on at 9:30 sharp and blew through the set, one song after the next. Great sound too. They were very tight and a few songs had new/extended endings. Let me break it down like this:

Positives:
The energy and vibe — I felt really connected to them and the music.
Scott — Stellar vocal performance and his energy level was higher than I’ve seen the past.
The band — as a whole, they were absolutely superb; probably the BEST STP performance I’ve seen.

Negatives:
They played for 77 minutes — Like I said, they really blew through the set.
No jam after “Still Remains” — I was REALLY looking forward to hearing that again.
No “Dead & Bloated” — When they came back from the encore break and Scott didn’t grab the megaphone, I knew it was time for “Trippin’.” They had PLENTY of time to play it as well.

I wish they didn’t thin out their set as much as they did, but man oh man, what a stellar performance. Like other reviews have said, the band is truly in their element now.

SCOTT WEILAND TO PLAY SOLO SHOW IN LOS ANGELES NEXT MONTH

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Just got a sweet heads up from the Viper Room in my inbox:

Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver frontman Scott Weiland returns the world famous Viper Room May 24th. Tickets for this intimate performance go on sale Friday, April 22nd at 1pm online at the Viper Room and TicketWeb. Tickets to this event are extremely limited, and will sell out quickly.

Prior to this amazing show, you can also catch Weiland, in person, signing his new memoir Not Dead and Not for Sale at nearby independent merchant Book Soup at 7pm.

SLASH SAYS SLIPKNOT’S COREY TAYLOR WON’T REPLACE SCOTT WEILAND IN VELVET REVOLVER

Slash said the following to Vorterix.com regarding rumors of Slipknot singer Corey Taylor replacing Scott Weiland in Velvet Revolver. Weiland left Velvet Revolver over 3 years ago to reunite with Stone Temple Pilots, Velvet Revolver have been inactive since then.

“We did work with Corey, but all we were doing was trying him out,” he explained. “Our process is that we take a lot of music we wrote and give it to the guy we’re auditioning, he writes his lyrics, we perform it, record it and see what it’s like.”

“So he did come in and do all that, but it just wasn’t right. It didn’t seem to fit to me. It didn’t seem like the answer to the Velvet Revolver problem.”

MORE NEWS ON BILLY CORGAN’S INVOLVEMENT WITH CHICAGO PRO WRESTLING PROMOTION

Video of Corgan’s last involvement with pro wrestling, in a video package for TNA Wrestling’s Lockdown PPV in 2009, featuring Corgan singing an acapella version of “Bullet With Butterfly Wings.”

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Getting noticed hasn’t been a problem for AAW. After being featured in the Chicago Sun-Times, USA Today, and countless other media outlets, a celebrity fan recently came knocking on AAW’s door. “I thought one of our guys was pulling a prank on me.”, said Jacques. “I mean, never in our wildest dreams did we think a rock star of the caliber of Billy Corgan would be interested in being a part of AAW.” Corgan, leader of Grammy Award winning rock band The Smashing Pumpkins, has been a lifelong professional wrestling fan. “Billy is as much a wrestling fan and historian as anyone I’ve ever met. He has a great mind for the business and sees the potential and talent that makes AAW what it is. For him to want to be involved with AAW for ‘Epic’ is the greatest compliment we could possibly receive.” What Corgan’s role is at “Epic” is still not clear to anyone, even AAW management. “Billy’s got some ideas that are – quite frankly – just as revolutionary as his music. He’s known to be a pretty secretive guy about anything and everything he is involved in, and this is no exception. All he told us is that he will be in attendance Friday night, May 13th and will be making an announcement about the future of AAW and that the less we know, the better. I guess we’ll find out when everyone else does!”

CHRIS CORNELL’S SHOW IN PUGHKEEPSIE, NEW YORK TONIGHT HAS BEEN CANCELED

From ChrisCornell.com, feel better soon Chris:

Due to illness, tonight’s (4/19) Chris Cornell’s show at Bardavon in Poughkeepsie, NY has been rescheduled. A new date will be announced in the coming weeks. All tickets for tonight’s show will be honored at the rescheduled date. Refunds are available at point of purchase. Please go to http://www.bardavon.org for more information.

BILLY CORGAN TO APPEAR AT INDEPENDENT PRO WRESTLING SHOW

Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan will appear at AAW’s pro wrestling show on May 13th in Merrionette Park, Illinois at 115 Bourbon Street.  Also set to appear are former ECW and TNA wrestlers Sabu and the bWo.  Corgan has been a lifelong fan of pro wrestling and previously appeared on ECW on TNN in 2000, and he also made an appearance in a video package for TNA Wrestling on SpikeTV a few years ago.  The show will air on internet PPV, more more information. www.AAWrestling.com

FOO FIGHTERS GUITARIST CHRIS SHIFLETT TALKS ABOUT RESENTMENT OVER PAT SMEAR REJOINING BAND

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Chris Shiflett was resentful of Pat Smear when he rejoined Foo Fighters.

Chris – who joined the band in 2000 – admits he was resentful of the other guitarist when he returned to the group in 2006, nine years after he initially departed, because he was concerned he would no longer be needed in the band.

He explained: “I was wary of Pat, I think anybody would have been. He almost came back after I’d been in the band a month. And I would have been out at that point, it wasn’t like now. I didn’t have my footing. So that was my frame of mind, here’s this guy who wants my job and my job is how I feed my children and pay my rent. So my job’s important to me for lots of reasons, musically and otherwise.”