South Africa is not necessarily known as a hot bed for internationally successful metal bands and yet a good one comes from that country. Seether, originally called Saron Gas, was formed in 1999 in Pretoria and have gone on to forge a commercially successful career for twenty odd years.
It all started to go well when they changed the band name to Seether and in 2002 released the album Disclaimer. Out of it came the hit single “Fine Again” and they followed that up in 2004 with another winner with “Broken”. Number one singles on the Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart continued with “Remedy”, “Fake It” and “Country Song”. Soundwise they have been greatly influenced by 90s Grunge music and bands like Nirvana and Alice in Chains. Other influences include Nine Inch Nails and Deftones.
Since 2002 the band has been on the road continuously bringing their live show to fans worldwide. They have toured with the likes of Nickelback, 3 Doors Down and Evanescence.
Rounding out the night of music is Stone Temple Pilots. Together through thick and thin (read drug addictions) American hard rock band Stone Temple Pilots were together from 1986 until 2003. Due to former lead singer Scott Weiland’s frequent arrests, rehab stints and his inability to kick drugs the band broke up under all that pressure. Weiland went on to become a member of Velvet Revolver, but after another arrest they too broke up. In 2013 Weiland left the band and was replaced by Chester Bennington (who is now deceased) until 2015. Late in 2015 Weiland was found dead. In 2017 Jeff Gutt was named as the new lead singer of the band.
The band’s worldwide popularity is indisputable with them having sold over 40 million albums. Watching Stone Temple Pilots is like reliving the rock heydays of the 1960s and 70s. They lead the rock star lives with sex, drugs and rock ‘n roll being in the forefront. The band’s music is rock solid. They have won Grammy Awards and play sold out shows worldwide. Playing a mix of modern and 1970s rock what you get as a result is a larger than life brand of arena rock. It is loud, sexy and hyper masculine.
-Date: November 15, 2018
-Venue: Place Bell
-Ticket Purchase: www.evenko.ca
-Ticket Prices: $47.25, $64.50, $82.25, $99.25 (plus handling charges)
-Show Time: 7:15 p.m. (Doors @ 6:30 p.m.)