December 14, 2008 / 11:43 PM / 11 years ago

Stone Temple Pilots and Offspring highlight KROQ show

Scott Weiland and Robert DeLeo (L) of the Stone Temple Pilots perform at the Pepsi Music Festival in Buenos Aires, October 15, 2008. REUTERS/Marcos Brindicci

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - A reunited Stone Temple Pilots and headlining punk veterans the Offspring delivered crowd-pleasing, chock-full-o’favorites sets during the first night of modern-rock giant KROQ’s annual two-day Almost Acoustic Christmas musical smorgasbord on Saturday.

The Offspring’s mix of blistering juggernaut songs and cheeky humorous (and catchy) ditties ranged from the dizzy twirl-and-charge of “Come Out and Play” to the roar of “All I Want” and the semi-acoustic, marching-beat sing-along of “Why Don’t You Get a Job?” Songs from the band’s latest album, “Rise and Fall, Rage and Grace,” didn’t register with quite as much impact with the Gibson Amphitheatre crowd but still fit well.

Opening with a low-key “Big Empty,” Stone Temple Pilots pulled out all of their 1990s grunge-and-beyond classics, including the push-and-pull of “Interstate Love Song” and the churn of “Vasoline.” Frontman Scott Weiland brought rock-star power, from his writhing moves to megaphone play with vocals, but kept it in check. The band, though, faltered with the last couple of numbers, and a slightly shorter set would’ve truly made for a talked-about return.

Other highlights of the night included the politically minded Rise Against (showing its roots as the bassist wore a Clash T-shirt) firing off tuneful, punk-grounded salvos but also offering an acoustic number to show range. Bringing pop textures and finesse to the bill of generally hard-rocking acts was AFI in a “special appearance,” while the horn-pushed stoner reggae-rock of Slightly Stoopid offered a lighthearted contrast to the often-dour offerings of other bands.

The hard-rock rage of Staind, though, seemed dated and formulaic but still had its fans in the crowd. Also appearing were punk grinder Three Days Grace and Hollywood Undead.

Alt-rock icons the Cure and the Killers were among the bands scheduled for Sunday’s Night 2.

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter

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