DVD Review: Stone Temple Pilots, Alive In The Windy City

Let's face it: sometimes it feels like no matter how well it's shot and edited, live concert footage can't properly convey the thrilling sensation of actually being there. There is only so much you can do to your media room, and it's difficult to recreate the ambiance and the hot pulsing electric vibe that shoots through your body every time you stand in front of a Marshall stack and a sweaty frontman at a concert hall. Granted, the surround sound and widescreen television help, but I need not have had any such worries about the sold out Stone Temple Pilots March 2010 performance at Chicago's Riviera Theatre captured in the new concert DVD Alive In The Windy City.

It's truly a great concert film. Weiland's vocal stylings are still top notch and the DeLeo brothers display their range and talent in front of a rapturous audience while winding through a list of classic (hey, they've been around since the early '90s!) hits and newer material. True, this San Diego rock band began its life fighting for respect and being pelted by the cruel judgements of critics who dismissed them as grunge wannabes but at this point in time, all detractors need to rescind and give them their due.

Tumultuous years aside, STP have given this world some amazing music and hundreds of thrilling performances. Who wouldn't want to watch Weiland and company gyrate through bursts of floor-shaking noise and catchy guitar riffs in a performance beautifully captured in the Windy City? Everyone may not have been able to score a ticket but thanks to this great rock 'n' roll performance, they'll all feel like they are front and center.

1. "Vasoline"
2. "Crackerman"
3. "Wicked Garden"
4. "Hollywood Bitch"
5. "Between The Lines"
6. "Hickory Dichotomy"
7. "Big Empty"
8. "Sour Girl"
9. "Creep"
10. "Plush"
11. "Interstate Love Song"
12. "Bagman"
13. "Huckleberry Crumble"
14. "Sex Type Thing"
15. "Dead And Bloated"
16. "Lounge Fly"
17. "Piece Of Pie"
18. Trippin' On A Hole In A Paper Heart"

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