Ongoing History of New Music Daily: A STP lesson in crowd control

When Scott Weiland was still fronting Stone Temple Pilots, he had no trouble getting into a fight with someone in the crowd. In the summer of 1993, STP was playing Boston when a few members of the audience started throwing things at Weiland. Never do this.

After a few minutes of this, Scott began screaming at one particular guy and challenged him to come up on stage.  Then the crowd in the pit (who were suitably annoyed at this bonehead) picked him up and body-surfed him to the front of the stage whereupon Scott and guitarist Robert DeLeo jumped into the pit and allegedly beat him silly. 

Charges were laid and Scott and Robert had had to pay for this guy’s medical expenses.

Check out Friday’s post on the story behind the name “Soundgarden.” And don’t forget to check out my podcast The Ongoing History of New Music where you listen on SpotifyApple PodcastsGoogleStitcher, or wherever you get your on-demand audio.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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