Stone Temple Pilots were joined by actor Johnny Depp and legendary MC5 guitarist Wayne Kramer on stage Friday night at the opening show of the band’s U.S. tour at The Canyon in Santa Clarita, California. The pair came onstage during the encores to jam with the group on a cover version of the MC5’s classic song “Kick Out the Jams” followed by STP’s “Sex Type Thing.”
The 19-song set, which launched STP’s first tour with new singer Jeff Gutt, featured two cuts from the quartet’s upcoming album, expected hits like “Plush,” “Vasoline” and “Interstate Love Song,” plus surprising deep tracks such as “Glide” from the band’s No. 4 album, which was performed live for the first time ever. Other rarities included “Army Ants,” “Atlanta” and opener “Regeneration,” a track from the Shangri-La Dee Da LP that was played for the first time since 2001.
Depp is a bandmate of STP bassist Robert DeLeo in Hollywood Vampires, which also features Alice Cooper and Joe Perry.
Gutt, a Michigan native and former X Factor contestant, was previously a member of the bands Rival City and Dry Cell. He was not found through the year-long open audition process that STP held in 2016, but worked in secret with the band throughout 2017 to write and record new music.
Gutt’s first album with the band, a self-titled effort and STP’s seventh overall, is due out on March 16th.
STP’s opening night setlist:
2. Wicked Garden
4. Lounge Fly
6. Big Bang Baby
8. Big Empty
12. Interstate Love Song
13. Army Ants
14. Piece Of Pie
15. Roll Me Under
16. Dead And Bloated
17. Trippin’ On A Hole In A Paper Heart
18. Kick Out The Jams (with Wayne Kramer and Johnny Depp)
19. Sex Type Thing (with Wayne Kramer and Johnny Depp)