STONE TEMPLE PILOTS THRILL AUDIENCES AT ROKISLAND FEST

The music started Jan. 17 and lasted through Jan. 20, when the band Stone Temple Pilots closed out another RokIsland Fest.

The music festival took place at the Coffee Butler Amphitheater at Truman Waterfront Park and featured Night Ranger, Bret Michaels, Jefferson Starship, Mr. Big, Tom Keifer and yes, finally, STP, which drew the biggest crowd on the final night.

Featuring Jeff Gutt on lead vocals, Dean DeLeo on guitar, Robert DeLeo on bass and drummer Eric Kretz, the band performed the hits that made them famous in the 1990s, although the original lead singer, Scott Weiland, left the band in 2013 and died of an accidental drug overdose in 2015. 

The band held online auditions for a new lead singer to tour, perform and record with the band, and added Gutt in 2017. 

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