Top Five Must-See Phoenix Shows This Week

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Stone Temple Pilots (with Chester Bennington) - Marquee Theatre, Tempe - Thursday, September 26

Phoenix native Chester Bennington and Stone Temple Pilots are both famous for playing loud rock music, but the difference in their styles is glaring enough--especially if your conception of both bands doesn't get far past "Somewhere I Belong" and "Sex Type Thing," respectively--that you're forgiven for having been surprised by the news that Bennington would replace the fired Scott Weiland on vocals for STP's continued touring.

Stone Temple Pilots' sound expanded in the years after Weiland was derided for being an Eddie Vedder sound-alike, but at this point in their career the bulk of their appeal is in the way their sound hasn't broadened--they've got plenty of hits to play, and they'll probably play them. It'd be equally foolish, though, to see the addition of Bennington as a liability--if anything, he just offers yet another reason to go to the Marquee and see what happens.

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