Most bands at Sunfest allowed photographers to take pictures from in front of the stage for the first three songs of a set, but for this alt-rock band, photos were only allowed for the first two. But the veteran group seemed to make up for the shorter photo time by essentially putting on a mini-concert to start its show. Opening with “Wicked” (from its 1992 album Core) and “Vaseline” (from the ’94 album Purple), the band brought tons of energy to the proceedings. Current lead singer Chester Bennington, formerly of the band Linkin Park, was all over the stage, striking dramatic poses in his leather jacket and dark glasses. The other members of STP also brought their “A” game to the show, with bassist Robert DeLeo playing his instrument in an almost upright position.
I had low expectations for this group, given the absence of original frontman Scott Weilland. But the band did more than make up for the absence of the troubled singer, who was fired from the group in 2013 after years of substance abuse problems. Apparently, Chester does not share Scott’s addiction issues that often thwarted STP’s touring plans, and Sunfest was all the better for it.
[Photos above by Empress K of Reggae Reflection]