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A document of unfulfilled potential
on 28 May 2013
As one who can say he has followed this band since the beginning, i bought this dvd really hoping it would blow me away. I really wanted to see STP finally get it together and make up for a career blighted by upheaval and inconsistency.
But for me, all this show does is underline the latter. STP are obviously influenced by and aspire to be a 'classic' rock band (like Led Zep etc) but it saddens me to say that they will probably never be regarded as such. They're a decent band, but no more. Scott Weiland is a good frontman but he only has average pipes and will never challenge the likes of Robert Plant or Freddie Mercury in the greatest ever front man polls. Dean De Leo is a competent guitarist, but as his short and unmemorable soloing in this show demonstrates, can't hold a candle to the Jimmy Page's of this world. Eric Kretz is a solid, but unspectacular drummer. Robert de Leo is a good bass player, but who really takes notice of the bass player anyway?
Then we come to the music itself. The biggest problem here is that the band don't change or extend the songs in any way whatsoever. They are pretty much exactly as they appear on the albums. I was always under the impression that this breaks the live show's golden rule; if the songs are presented on stage more or less as they are in their original form, the fans may as well stay at home and put the records on. I have one or two reservations about sing choices too; rocking numbers that were surely built for live shows such as 'Silvergun Superman' and 'Loves Pop Suicide' are left out in favour of 'Sour Girl' and 'Lounge Fly' which don't really work in the live setting for me.
So are there actually any positives? Well, its a competent show, certainly. But just not spectacular in the way AC/DC put on a show or the way Queen used to put on a show. Its worth seeing, but I doubt its a dvd you'll be reaching for all that often when the urge for live music takes hold. But as this is the only official live dvd release, staunch STP fans don't have much choice if they want to see the band in action. Its either this or nothing, and its better than nothing. But as I say, it could have been so much more.