Alive In The Windy City
Eagle Vision Entertainment
1 out of 10
I have never been a big Stone Temple Pilots Fan. Their first album that came out, Core, had couple of good songs on it but after that they turned into a pop rock act it seemed to me.
Imagine my shock when I received a DVD in the mail of a 2010 concert of theirs. Who knew they were still around?
The press release states that Alive In The Windy City is the first official authorized by the band for commercial video release. So I don’t know if a previous label screwed them over and released a concert video in the past, or if this just happens to be the first time anyone wanted a live DVD from STP.
Judging by the quality of Scott Weiland’s singing I’m assuming that whoever thought this endeavor was a good idea, has since rethought the idea, and is now rethinking their career path and choices.
The show kicks off with Vasoline. It is the first song of the show. The show opens and Vasoline is playing. Is that clear to you? We are on the first song of the set and Scott‘s voice is crap. Almost painful. The band is fine, and if I cared about their music I might have enjoyed their playing more. But alas, I don’t, and couldn’t.
Just watching Scott Weiland strut around the stage like a chicken annoyed the shit out of me.
All of the big STP ‘hits’ are here. Vasoline, Wicked Garden, Big Empty, Sour Girl, Creep, Plush, Interstate Love Song, Sex Type Thing… you get the idea. Sour Girl was atrocious. It just sounded like a train wreck to me. And every song starts off with the drummer counting out the song, a shot from behind him as he is doing it. It’s fucking annoying. Creep should never be performed live. It sounds like a dirge that should only be played during failed abortions. Absolutely no life in the song, the band, or the crowd.
Speaking of the crowd, the mix on the crowd noise has got to be canned. It can’t be from the crowd in that venue for that show. The venue is too small to have a crowd noise sounding like 15,000 people yelling at once. The artwork exclaims the show is sold out. Hell the Riviera Theater only holds 2,500 people. It had better be sold out if you are going to film it. And there’s no way that 2,500 people sound like 15,000.
So, the show lasts 92 minutes. I lasted 15 minutes. There were interviews at the end too, but I’d rather slam my dick on broken glass than listen to Scott Weiland talk about… well… anything.
I gave the DVD a 1 out of 10 because it was at least mixed well. I mean imagine trying to make a turd sound good. How do you do that? Well whoever mixed this DVD did just that. Maybe they should have gotten more than 1 for that magic trick; however I don’t know the dude’s name and don’t want to give the band too much credit here.
Enjoy at your risk, or don’t. You’ll thank me later.