Stone Temple Pilots Nix Mitchell Tribute, Rock NYC

by David Basham
MTV Website
April 7, 2000

The Stone Temple Pilots decided to pull out of a planned appearance at Thursday night's taping of "An All-Star Tribute To Joni Mitchell" in New York City after frontman Scott Weiland blew out his voice over the course of several STP performances on Wednesday.

The band was supposed to be third act to take the stage at the Hammerstein Ballroom for the TNT-sponsored show (see "Elton John, More Set For Joni Mitchell Tribute") and was slated to perform one of Mitchell's most popular tunes, "Woodstock."

But as Weiland explained to the MTV Radio Network, he didn't feel that his voice was up to the task after a singing for a total of seven hours during gigs for "The Howard Stern Show," MTV's "TRL," and an Irving Plaza concert the previous day.

"Wednesday [was] the night of the secret show at Irving Plaza," Weiland said, "which was a two and a half hours plus performance, and we did two other live performances in that day. So it was like when The Beatles in the '60s used to go and do three shows a day. People don't do that anymore, but we did that on that day.

"We woke up at 6:30 in the morning and went on 'Howard Stern' and performed a rock show live at 7:30 in the morning. And we left there, went directly over to MTV and performed live again, including sound check, on MTV. We left MTV and went to sound check at Irving Plaza and then performed that night for two and a half hours. So that's, like, about seven hours of singing on my voice.

"I woke up [yesterday] morning," Weiland added, "and my voice was shot. So there was not a chance in hell that I could have gotten up and sang a sweet falsetto tune like that. I had no high end in my voice. I sounded like George Burns when I woke up."

Despite missing the Mitchell tribute, Stone Temple Pilots undoubtedly blew the lid off their Irving Plaza show, delivering an 18-song performance to celebrate the group's first New York show in three years.

STP delivered blistering versions of "Crackerman," the set opener, and such FM-radio nuggets as "Wicked Garden" and "Vaseline" before a packed house that included such celebrities as Heather Graham and Hole's Courtney Love.

The band switched off its electric instruments for a five-song acoustic interlude that featured some of STP's usually more aggressive material, including "Creep," "Interstate Love Song," "Plush," as well as its new single, "Sour Girl."

After reminiscing about how he missed a solo show back in 1998 when the police intervened (see "Scott Weiland Arrested In Heroin Bust"), and taking a poke at Limp Bizkit's Fred Durst, Weiland and STP capped off the evening with a rousing "Sex Type Thing."

Stone Temple Pilots will play several radio shows over the next few months and are planning to hook up with the Red Hot Chili Peppers for some additional tour dates this summer.

-- David Basham, with additional reporting by Jeff Cornell and Meridith Gottlieb

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