Stone Temple Pilots introduced new singer Jeff Gutt [pr: GOOT] last night (Tuesday) to an enthusiastic crowd at the Troubadour in West Hollywood that was with him from start to finish.
The three core members walked on stage first and were joined by Gutt, who sported closely cropped blond hair and a name tag on his shirt pocket that said "Hello, My Name Is Jeff." The band broke into "Down" and off they went, followed by "Wicked Garden" and "Vasoline." When that song ended, guitarist Dean DeLeo addressed the crowd, "So, it's Jeff, right?" Gutt then took the mic and said, "Hello, my name's Jeffrey. I want to thank these guys for sticking together and making it happen."
"Coma," "Interstate Love Song" and "Plush" followed. "That was for Scott," Gutt said when when it was over, referring to Weiland. Someone pointed out a kid up in the balcony and Gutt said, "That's my little boy. He came all the way from Detroit to be here. He's missing school."
Then came "Big Empty" and "Still Remains," a song Gutt said he loved. The band said the only new song in the set, "Meadow," will be out today (Wednesday).
Guitarist Wayne Kramer from the Hall of Fame-nominated Detroit band The MC5 came out and said, "In Detroit we honor hard work. He's been putting in the hours." Then they played The MC5's signature song, "Kick Out the Jams," with Kramer and Gutt sharing the vocals.
The band finished the set with "Sex Type Thing," "Trippin' on a Hole in a Paper Heart" and "Piece of Pie." "See you soon," bassist Robert De Leo told the crowd as they left the stage to shouts of "STP! STP! STP!."