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Stone Temple Pilots: Alive in the Windy City (Blu-ray)

Eagle Rock Entertainment // 2012 // 92 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge David Johnson // July 3rd, 2012

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All Rise...

Judge David Johnson tripped on a hole in a paper heart.

The Charge

These conversations kill.

The Case

What more can be said for Stone Temple Pilots? Along with Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Live, and Seven Mary Three (okay, maybe not these guys), STP was one of those bands who provided the grungy soundtrack to the formative years of my teen experience. Nearly two decades later, Scott Weiland and the gentlemen of Stone Temple Pilots are upright, conscious, and continue to play their instruments at a high level.

Stone Temple Pilots: Alive in the Windy City is a live concert performed at Chicago's legendary Rivera Theatre in March 2010. Before a sold-out audience, this mix of classic hits and new cuts from their 2012 self-titled album, produced the following set list…

• "Vasoline"
• "Crackerman"
• "Wicked Garden"
• "Hollywood Bitch"
• "Between The Lines"
• "Hickory Dichotomy"
• "Big Empty"
• "Sour Girl"
• "Creep"
• "Plush"
• "Interstate Love Song"
• "Bagman"
• "Huckleberry Crumble"
• "Sex Type Thing"
• "Dead And Bloated"
• "Lounge Fly"
• "Piece Of Pie"
• "Trippin' On A Hole In A Paper Heart"

Eclectic for sure and quite bountiful, the set clocks in just north of 90 minutes and hits all the must-have iconic tunes from the band. It's the stuff from the new album that proves to be a mixed bag. "Between the Lines," "Hickory Dichotomy," "Bagman," and "Huckleberry Crumble" make up the new offerings and, truthfully, none appealed to me. This version of the STP sound strikes me as borderline "folksy," when compared to the stuff that put them on the map. Maybe it's an evolution, but when compared to badass compositions like "Sex Type Thing," "Vasoline," and "Wicked Garden" the new additions just don't measure up.

Performance-wise, Scott still blasts his energy out all over the stage, and the trippy light show going on in the backdrop supplements the music well. Camera angles are varied and dynamic.

On the technical front, the Blu-ray delivers with a 1.78:1/1080i high definition widescreen that is clean and effective, transmitting enough detail and white man rock-n-roll sweat to establish the atmosphere nicely. In the all-important sound department, you have two options: an LPCM stereo or DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio. Both are sharp, though the DTS-HD track will have a more robust, enveloping sound. One extra: a fifteen minute interview with the band.

The new songs may not do much for me, but few bands have the instantly recognizable catalog of Stone Temple Pilots.

The Verdict

Not Guilty.

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Scales of Justice

Judgment: 85

Perp Profile

Studio: Eagle Rock Entertainment
Video Formats:
• 1.78:1 Non-Anamorphic (1080i)
Audio Formats:
• DTS HD 5.1 Master Audio (English)
• PCM 2.0 Stereo (English)
• English
• Dutch
• French
• Spanish
Running Time: 92 Minutes
Release Year: 2012
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
• Blu-ray
• Concerts and Musicals
• Performance

Distinguishing Marks

• Interview


• Stone Temple Pilots

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