Stone Temple Pilots is an American rock band from San Diego, California. Formed in 1989, the band originally had the lineup of Scott Weiland (vocals), Robert DeLeo (bass), Dean DeLeo (guitar), and Eric Kretz (drums). The band's sound blended elements of bossa nova, classic rock, and psychedelic rock. Its debut album, Core, was a commercial hit, and the band became one of the most successful bands of the 1990s. Today, Jeff Gutt has joined the band as the lead vocalist.
Stone Temple Pilots: Big Empty
Stone Temple Pilots is often known by its nickname, STP. The band formed as Mighty Joe Young in 1984. They played several gigs throughout San Diego and quickly built a fanbase. One of their first shows was supporting Henry Rollins. During this time, the band started to work on their debut album with Brendan O'Brien. The band's management was notified that the Mighty Joe Young name was already claimed by a blues musician, so they changed the name to Stone Temple Pilots. STP signed with Atlantic Records in 1992, and Core was released later in the year. The album peaked at No.3 on the Billboard Albums Chart.
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What are some major album releases from Stone Temple Pilots?
With the debut of Core, Stone Temple Pilots hit the road to support the album. In 1994, the band returned to the studio to work on Purple. This album debuted at No.1 with this initial release. "Interstate Love Song" quickly become one of the biggest hits of the year and spent fifteen weeks on the rock charts. Four months after the release, Purple sold over three million records. Stone Temple Pilots released Tiny Music... Songs from the Vatican Gift Shop on March 5, 1996. It would be a few more years before fans received another album from the band. In 1999, No. 4 was released, and the album would be certified Platinum by the RIAA. Stone Temple Pilots returned to the studio and released Shangri-La Dee Da in 2001. Their 2010 self-titled album would be the last with Scott Weiland. The band released a five-track EP titled High-Rise with Chester Bennington. In 2018, their second self-titled release was performed with Jeff Gutt. During that year, it toured with Bush and The Cult.
What are some top hits from Stone Temple Pilots?
Stone Temple Pilots has produced several hit songs, including "Sex Type Thing," "Plush," "Wicked Garden" and "Big Empty."
What other bands have toured with Stone Temple Pilots?
Stone Temple Pilots has toured with many musical artists throughout their career. The band has opened for Megadeth and Rage Against the Machine. STP also went out on the "Family Values Tour" with Linkin Park and Godsmack.
Who are the current members of Stone Temple Pilots?
The original lineup consisted of Scott Weiland, Robert DeLeo, Dean DeLeo and Eric Kretz. Weiland stayed with the band until February 2013. At that time, Chester Bennington joined the band until he amicably left in November 2015. In 2016, Stone Temple Pilots launched an online search for a new vocalist. They selected the X Factor runner up, Jeff Gutt. This new lineup continues to tour as Stone Temple Pilots.
What are some notable performances from Stone Temple Pilots?
Throughout the years, Stone Temple Pilots has made several impressive performances on television. In 1992, Dean DeLeo and Scott Weiland performed an acoustic version of "Plush" on MTV's "Headbanger's Ball." The band also filmed an episode of "MTV Unplugged" in 1993, and it debuted the song, "Big Empty."Back to Top
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