The Hype: Before the recent revival of Stone Temple Pilots, some may have been happy to let the band wander into the pages of rock-n-roll history. But nine years and several side projects after their underwhelming 2001 release, Shangri-La-Dee-Da, the grunge gods of yesteryear emerge wielding a brand new album with new influences from some old-ass bands. As far as their popularity is concerned, stumbling into today's music climate could be a gamble for STP. In any case, OC fans will be the first one's to judge the new live version of the new tracks when the band kicks off their summer tour with a performance at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Irvine on June 5.
Nate Jackson is the gatekeeper to your dreams of local dive bar stardom. If he writes about you, expect your band to be offered at least one more drink ticket than the rest of the bands on the bill. Get his attention with some groovy tunes and he might just do it. Then, boy will you feel special.