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Toni's Night Out

Scott Weiland: Not Dead, Just Really Really Exhausted!

May17

Let me start off by saying I’m not here to defend Scott Weiland in any way, shape, or form. I like to tell a story how it happens and I try not to sugar coat things… well, at least from my perspective that is.  :-)

When we walked into the venue (The Gramercy Theater in NYC), me and the girls were instantly greeted at the door by men for as far as the eye could see.. Because just like at a Stone Temple Pilots show, the place was jam packed with them. “Why, helloooo there boys”.  Notice how that guy in the background is totally checking out my ass… We felt like lunch on a platter to say the least.

Despite all the testosterone, the night started out with what seemed to be a pretty laid back crowd. In the past Scott Weiland crowds have been  somewhat pissy and bitchy about getting up front… but not this time. How refreshing… everyone was easy breezy tonight.

“C’mon girls, stop getting distracted by all the eye candy and follow me.” I weaved in and out of all the cool people until I landed us a sweet spot against the barricade to the right of the stage. Things were going great. Everyone was smiling, happy and flirtatious, and enjoying the atmosphere. C’mon Scott, where are you? I’m waiting for you…
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He had a book signing in Union Square earlier tonight at 7pm for his new memoir about his life called “Not Dead & Not For Sale” and then a scheduled showtime for here at 9pm… But he was late. Oh, ok.. the shows been pushed back an hour? Alright.. No problem, I can handle it. Oh Scott, always late just like Toni… La dee da.  But after a few hours into it, even my girlfriends who started out as happy as clams, were cursing like sailors, pissed  off that the show had still not yet started. Even his band members seemed frustrated. Not to mention my feet were getting all hurty. Damn you high heels; Damn you straight to hell, I say! At 11:00pm we were told he would be 15 more minutes  and to please be patient… woohoo it’s about time, I thought. :-)  And 45 minutes later he finally appeared. Hallelujah!
sw51711v_0024_6 “Yay, he’s here, all is forgiven.” What? Why are you looking at me like that? I know I know I’m a push over.. Well, what can I say… he was fantastic the last time I saw Stone Temple Pilots play at this theater just a year ago. Ya know, he even threw his sweaty towel at me that night. Ummm.. that’s a sign of affection right? What do you mean it’s gross? It’s not as if I sniffed it or anything creepy like that.. ok ok, maybe I did sniff it once.. but only once I swear! Shut-up alright! You’re the weird one, not me. Aaaanyway, I was looking forward to an equally awesome night.

But when he came on stage, he started explaining that he had such a long hard day of signing books and he was running on just 3 hours of sleep! Awww poor guy is exhausted! Give him a break… Also, I found out later, that in his new book he revealed some really troubling things about his childhood; about how he was among other things, Gasp, sexually abused. :-( So I’m sure the day was mentally draining for him as well. “Leave him alone you Ogres, hasn’t Scotty been through enough!” umm err Sorry, I know I wasn’t going to defend him or his tardiness etc.. but I can’t help myself. LOL Wow I’m a softie I know. “He’s an artist and a free spirit just let him be!” ;-)

But I know, I know…  it’s definitely not cool to keep your fans waiting for close to 3 hours to start a show, it was also a Tuesday night and people have to catch trains and get up for work in the morning.. I get it. But it still always surprises me just how personal people take things. They get down right angry and irate over stuff. I’ve seen it before more than once.

Ack it’s also, not pretty when 700 drunk dudes are screaming asshole and throwing bottles at the stage… Calm down everyone, Scott is here.. plus I’m dressed in the highest of heels and in the cutest of outfits. Look at me, I’m all buxom and curvy and ready to rock. :-) Notice how someone is checking out my ass again! Seriously people?

sw51711h_0000_17 I figured once he started performing that all would be forgiven.. I mean.. how could it not be? But the set started off with one slow song after another… All music that I really like mind you. But wait a minute.. Cover songs? Huh? The crowd was confused! And getting more and more upset.

He warmed up the night with a cool Jam session.. and into “Waitin’ for a Superman” by The Flaming Lips, then “Into Your Arms” by The Lemonheads and onto “But Not Tonight” by Depeche Mode. OMG Scott is super deep, just like me.. I knew it! But like I said, it was slow going.. my one girlfriend bailed after just a few songs claiming she “had to pee” and then never came back… all the while the crowd just kept screaming out STP songs over and over.

He tried to explain how these were all songs that had powerful meaning and inspiration in his life at one time or another. It was supposed to go along with his book. I get it. That’s actually a cool idea. But nobody informed the audience of this ahead of time.. and now they were all very drunk and or really angry! ughh

Next up was “I am the Resurrection” by The Stone Roses, umm of course I know the Stone Roses! Everyone knows that Europeans love Toni.. and when they ask me my favorite artist and I say “The Stone Temple Pilots” their response is usually something like “brilliant brilliant, that’s class.. now do you like The Stone Roses?” So anyway I do really like this song. He also starts by telling a story about the first time he tried dropping acid and woke up to this glorious music, which is this song. watch and decide for yourselves.

They went on to play “Let Down” by Radiohead .. Now I love Radiohead but c’mon the crowd is falling asleep. Pick it up man! Whoo yeah! Finally, onto  Jean Genie by David Bowie.

Now I’ll be honest.. I could watch Scott play Bowie / Doors covers all night long and I would be one happy girl. But the crowd was still pretty nasty, not getting the concept of the evening at all! Scott kept saying this is not an STP show. But people were unfamiliar with this set and hoping to hear at least some of his solo stuff. But he was sticking to his guns and in the video to the right he tells a heckler in the audience F YOU!

His interpretation of The Rolling Stones cover of “Dead Flowers”, was up next and was definitely way too country for my taste. However, that’s no reason to attack the guy personally. And while some were calling him fat, I was all, “Leave him alone, he’s perfect how he is”. LOL What can I say? I’m a loyal girl. For me, I don’t mind Scott with a little extra meat on his bones, to me, he looked healthy. And what girl doesn’t appreciate a guy with hunky thighs… not that I notice stuff like that… ahem, after all, it’s all about the music.

I am the Resurrection by the Stone Roses

Now I’ll admit I didn’t quite know what was happening here with all the covers at first.. but I was going with it.. At one point I thought he was taking requests of what the audience wanted to hear. I kept yelling out “Break on Through”. LOL but instead I got “Road House Blues”!  Yes! One of my all time favorite Doors songs and for me the highlight of the night. And worth all the hours of waiting and achy hurty feet a girl could stand. :-)

Road House Blues by The Doors
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Now tell me that wasn’t awesome?

He went on to complete the night with “Fame” by David Bowie, “Francis Farmer” by Nirvana and finally an Encore of Unglued by none other than The Stone Temple Pilots.

In my opinion, the whole night seemed like allot of really bad planning on someone’s part. First off let’s be realistic here.. Book signing at 7pm and a scheduled 9pm performance… Anyone who is a fan and has been to a show before could’ve told you he wasn’t showing up before 11pm minimum. And second of all, someone should have told the audience that it would be an evening of covers that was meant as a companion to his book. I would have been cool with that. I think it was between all the hours of waiting and drinking overpriced drinks only to be greeted with unfamiliar music got people so riled up that they didn’t even wanna give the set a chance. Personally, it just shows how similar our taste in music really is. Oh Scott, you really do “get me”. LOL So regardless of the long wait , the slow start, and the constant starring of my ass… and although it was not exactly what I had expected, I have to say I was pleased with the end of the show.

I hope you enjoyed the recap of my night out. Until next time! xoxo Toni

For more photos check out The Gallery: Scott Weiland: Gramercy Theater

You also might enjoy: Stone Temple Pilots: Gramercy Theater

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