Photos by Chris Rotolo
“To be here with you, it’s quite an honor,” said Scott Weiland to The sold out Stone Pony patronage after emerging from the storied Asbury venue’s green-room for 95.9 The WRAT’s Annual Nut Cracker Ball, “especially at this time, for all of you, who are going through so much tragedy, so much heartache. I don’t know how many of you are from the area. I’m sure for most of you this is home. Thank you so much for coming out tonight. And thank you so much for inviting us. It is an honor.”
From that emotional address, one would believe Weiland to be a sincere and concerned member of the arts world that was truly humbled and felt privileged for the opportunity to entertain and offer an escape to a group of fans that needed it now more than ever. One would like believe that…but taking the stage more than an hour past the scheduled start time is a strange way of showing it.
“This guy better come out soon. I have work in the morning.” The sentiments of one concerned show goer was echoed by many more in attendance, as we stood patiently in wait for Stone Temple Pilots, turned Velvet Revolver, turned soloist, to start.
I suppose his tardiness to the planks should have come as no surprise, as Weiland’s track record in New Jersey suggested nothing less, dating back to his 2008 PNC Bank Arts Center showing, at which Robert and Dean Deleo (guitar and bassist of STP) dragged the drugged-up vocalist upon the stage during K-ROCK’s Return Of The Rock showcase more than hour late; not to mention Stone Temple Pilots 2010 PNC performance where yet a second shot at a reunion tour was derailed; and finally in 2011 when Weiland and the gang short changed another Stone Pony patronage on the Summer Stage, speeding through a 60-minute set because, as rumors have it, the spectators on the boardwalk didn’t pay an admission fee.
Weiland and company inserted a handful of his solo work between a bevy of Stone Temple Pilots compositions and cover tunes, winning over an already adoring audience with each revolution of his megaphone. Weiland wielded a sort of bewitching power over this assemblage and as Jerry Maguire had her at “hello” so did the outlandish vocalist at “Crackerman.”
Check out the setlist and photos below:
Killing Me Sweetly
Black Again (STP)
First Kiss on Mars (STP)
Do It For The Kids (Velvet Revolver)
Mountain Song (Jane’s Addiction cover)
Tumble in the Rough (STP)
Art School Girl (STP)
Can’t Stand Me Now (Libertines cover)
Lounge Fly (STP)