Stone Temple Pilots, Seether, Default, Age Of Days concert review
By Brad Krauza
Stone Temple Pilots headlined their tour last night (Oct 23, 2018) in Penticton with an amazing show at the South Okanagan Events Centre. Joining the outstanding rock headliners were special guests Seether, Default and Age of Days.
Of course, on everyone’s mind, could new lead singer and frontman, Jeff Gutt, pick up where Scott Weiland and Chester Bennington left off. Gutt did not let us down, exhibiting great vocals and stage presence, after the first two songs, we all knew we were in for a great performance as he yelled out, “Hello Penticton! Beautiful people!”
They were all class and talent, appreciating that we were there for them. “We are Stone Temple Pilots,” Gutt said, and we all agreed.
A broken-down version of the song, Plush, had me wondering where they were going with it for such a driving, punchy tune but when the chorus kicked in, it all made sense… we sang as loud as we could – what a great version!
Stone Temple Pilots have a new album out, Meadow, and a single, Roll Me Under. Gutt mentioned that the Bob and Bob Show from Power 104.7 was the first to play it! Nice plug for our local station. 😉
Age of Days
These guys performed a couple of cool cover tunes, some great originals and you could tell the musicianship was apparent and proving a good fit for the opener of the tour. The drummers kit was lit up with orange led lights inside, it reminded me of John Bonham and Led Zeppelins clear orange kit they played live before he passed. Sorry I could get any good shots as the lighting was so bad (typical for opening acts unfortunately).
So awesome to see Default out on tour, and absolutely kicking ass! I’d forgot about all the great tunes they played over the years. So great to hear Dallas Smith pumping out the songs which classified him as a fantastic, world class writer and brought him global superstar status. (No, he did not do any of his country tunes here, which was a highlight of the night for me and a few others. I jest. lol) I hope they continue touring and writing, their fans appreciate and love them.
Grunge rockers Seether. Started off with some of their mellower tunes that ripped into the hits and harder setlist which I was glad to hear. Starting off slow can sometimes take the energy out of the room, but as soon as they picked up the tempo with a few of the familiar tunes we all knew, the room came alive. The band seemed to really love the crowd and gave shootouts to the other 3 bands performing. The crowd loved it!