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Review + photos: Stone Temple Pilots With Chester Bennington (politely) rock the Joint


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Stone Temple Pilots With Chester Bennington at the Joint on Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013, in Hard Rock Hotel Las Vegas.

Stone Temple Pilots With Chester Bennington at the Joint

Stone Temple Pilots With Chester Bennington at the Joint on Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013, in Hard Rock Hotel Las Vegas. Launch slideshow »

Stone Temple Pilots With Chester Bennington at the D

Stone Temple Pilots with Chester Bennington at the D Las Vegas on Fremont Street on Friday, Sept. 27, 2013, in downtown Las Vegas. Launch slideshow »

Chester Bennington, longtime frontman of Linkin Park and new frontman of Stone Temple Pilots, is at least three things: hard-working, consistent and … polite?

Hard-working because how many people front two rock bands? It’s mind-boggling. Consistent because his energy, vocals and overall performance were equally good during his outdoor Sept. 27 show at Fremont Street Experience for the D Las Vegas’ first-anniversary celebrations and Sunday night at the Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel for KOMP’s Totally Politically Correct Holiday Bash.

And polite because he (oddly and classily) says “thank you” for the applause after each song. The only major different between the shows at the D and the Joint is that the hits were in full force at the latter Sunday night, just like Bennington’s voice, red-hot bassist and backing vocalist Robert DeLeo, his brother Dean DeLeo on guitar and drummer and percussionist Eric Kretz.

STP and Bennington’s Sunday setlist: “Down,” “Big Bang Lady,” “Vaseline,” “Dead & Bloated,” new song “Out of Time,” “Meatplow,” “Silvergun Superman,” “Church on Tuesday,” the crowd favorite “Big Empty,” “Black Heart,” “Interstate Love Song,” “Pop’s Love Suicide,” “Hollywood Bitch,” “Sex Type Thing” and “Sex & Violence,” with the encore comprised of “Wicked Garden,” “Piece of Pie” (“This song is my favorite in the set,” Bennington said) and “Trippin’ on a Hole in a Paper Heart.”

Amid spitting and hugs to band mates, Bennington at one point said, “We have the greatest jobs.” During the encore, the polite — there’s that word again — and gracious Bennington thanked the audience, Sick Puppies, P.O.D., the crew and the band.

Aussie rockers Sick Puppies and American Christian nu metal band P.O.D. of San Diego (6-1-9 is in the house!) performed before STP. P.O.D.’s setlist included “Youth of the Nation,” “On Fire,” “Saturn,” “Beautiful” (not that far off from the Christina Aguilera song in terms of message) and hit “Alive” with a little of Sublime’s “What I Got” in the mix.

Bennington effortlessly soars with Linkin Park, but he still takes flight with Stone Temple Pilots. Thanks to Scott Harrison of Retna for his photo gallery of STP and Bennington. Bennington returns to the Joint with Linkin Park on Friday, Jan. 10.

Don Chareunsy is senior editor for arts and entertainment of the Las Vegas Sun.

Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.

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