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Stone Temple Pilots; Butthole Surfers

Atlantic's Stone Temple Pilots and Capitol's Butthole Surfers co-headlined, both celebrating major label debut records, "Core" and "Independent Worm Saloon," respectively.

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Bands: (Stone Temple Pilots) Weiland, Robert DeLeo, Den DeLeo, Eric Kretz; (Butthole Surfers) Gibby Haynes, King Coffey, Paul Leary, Jeff Pinkus.

Overlooking Castaic Lake on a grassy hillside with a cookout, snow cones and a near-full moon, four hours of music filled the summer air with the “Bar-B-Q Mitzvah” tour. Atlantic’s Stone Temple Pilots and Capitol’s Butthole Surfers co-headlined, both celebrating major label debut records, “Core” and “Independent Worm Saloon,” respectively.

Stone Temple Pilots, who were recently certified platinum, chose this tour over many major arena tours offered them, including the Aerosmith tour.

Although this is their first album, the Pilots displayed the talent and professionalism of veteran rockers. They led the crowd on a billowing rock’n’roll roller-coaster ride. High-energy, grungy songs filled most of the set, and the power-surge of “Sex Type Thing”– the debut single that shot the Pilots into the mainstream — seized the crowd, bringing the show to a climax.

Behind the thick veneer of smoke, the high-energy STP lead singer Weiland flung himself like a rag doll about the stage, stopping between songs to angrily address the violence in the audience. The rough concert reportedly resulted in broken limbs, sexual assaults and objects thrown at the bands.

Up front, the mosh pit grew to massive proportions. Illegal fireworks and rockets shot above and into the audience. Toward the middle grounds, a reckless few danced around their own bonfire.

After years of working with independent labels, hard-core radical thrashers Butthole Surfers finally have the support of a major label, seemingly as a result of their Lollapalooza stint last year. Still, the band has remained musically unconventional.

They commanded the attention of the audience from the first power chord. But even with the intense and exciting opening, the Surfers’ relentless noise became drone after a while, lacking enough diversity to keep everyone attentive. A few filtered out, and the mosh pit shrunk and slowed.

Visually, the Surfers’ main attraction was the big screen behind them, displaying fluorescent-colored laser geometric shapes dancing over some indiscernible images, and of course, the pyrotechnics. Lead singer Gibby Haynes started his own fire upon stage and ended the show with a bang of fireworks.

Openers Firehose and Basehead, two apparently talented bands, unfortunately couldn’t really be appreciated as poor sound mixes distorted their sound so much.

Stone Temple Pilots; Butthole Surfers

Castaic Lake; 5,000 capacity; 18.50 top

Production: Promoted by Goldenvoice. Reviewed July 2, 1993.

Cast: Bands: (Stone Temple Pilots) Weiland, Robert DeLeo, Den DeLeo, Eric Kretz; (Butthole Surfers) Gibby Haynes, King Coffey, Paul Leary, Jeff Pinkus.

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