Stone Temple Pilots Biography
Stone Temple Pilots was one of the Grunge, Alternative-Rock top acts of the '90s having their five albums sell more than 35 million copies worldwide. The quartet was formed in 1991 in Los Angeles, California USA by lead singer Scott Weiland, guitarist Dean DeLeo, his brother Robert on bass and drummer Eric Kretz.
Their debut album, "Core", was released in 1992 on Atlantic Records, in the summer of the following year; the record entered The Billboard Top 200 chart peaking at #3 and over the next ten years went on to sell over 8 million copies in U.S. alone. The first single, "Plush", peaked at #1 on The Mainstream Rock chart; this smash hit was followed by "Sex Type Thing", "Wicked Garden" and the spooky, acoustic "Creep" which peaked at #23, #11 and #2, respectively, on the Billboard's Mainstream Rock chart; their debut single also won them a Grammy for Best Hard Rock Performance.
The second album came out in May of 1994 and went straight to #1 on The
Billboard 200 chart spawning two masterpieces: "Interstate Love Song"
and "Vasoline", which both shot to the top of The Mainstream
Rock Tracks crossing over to The Modern Rock chart peaking at #2; while
the alt-Rock classic "Interstate Love Song" spent 15 weeks atop
The Mainstream Rock chart, the album hit #1 in Australia, climbed into
the U.K. top 10 and was eligible for a triple-platinum certification in
Canada. In addition, the band stormed onto the U.S. Active Rock chart
with the majestic, cryptic top 3 smash "Big Empty", the #8 "Unglued"
and the top 20 hit "Pretty Penny".
Around this time Stone Temple Pilots recorded the superb cover of Led Zeppelin's "Dancing Days" for the compilation "Encomium: A Tribute To Led Zeppelin", the single hit #3 on The Mainstream Rock chart and fell just shy of The Modern Rock top 10.
In the spring of 1995, Weiland was arrested for possession of heroin and cocaine in Pasadena, California; with the singer temporarily under control, in March of 1996, the group released "Tiny Music... Songs From The Vatican Gift Shop"; the record peaked at #4 on the U.S. Top 200 Albums chart on the strength of three Mainstream Rock #1 singles: "Big Bang Baby", "Trippin' On A Hole In A Paper Heart" and "Lady Picture Show"; all of those tracks also charted in the top 10 of The Modern Rock chart. Two years after the album's release, the final single, "Tumble In The Rough", reached the #9 position on the Active Rock airplay chart.
With Weiland's reccurring drug problems the band's future was uncertain,
the remaining members decided for a new project; eventually enlisting
Dave Coutts to take over on vocals, they released under the name of Talk
Show a self-titled album.
Scott Weiland then decided to record a solo album, "12 Bar Blues", which was issued in spring 1998.
Just one year later, a cleaned-up Weiland rejoined his colleagues releasing the come-back effort, "No. 4", it climbed into the top 10 of the North American Albums charts and generated the Active Rock top 5 smash hit "Down" plus their first Billboard Hot 100 hit: "Sour Girl"; the album also yielded two Mainstream Rock top 20 hits: "No Way Out" and "Heaven And Hot Rods".
The fifth album, "Shangri-La Dee Da", arrived in June 2001 and duplicated the success of the band's fourth LP; "Days Of The Week" was the first single lifted off the CD and it broke into the top 5 of The Mainstream Rock chart; the follow-up single, "Hollywood Bitch", was a minor hit.
In November 2003, Stone Temple Pilots, issued a retrospective compilation titled "Thank You", a 14-track set of the group's hits, the album clocked in at 15 tracks, but "Plush" is repeated in a widely popular acoustic version; also included was a new song called, "All In The Suit That You Wear", which cracked the top 5 of the Billboard's Active Rock chart.
Stone Temple Pilots officially disbanded that year, when lead singer
Scott Weiland joined Velvet
Bassist Robert DeLeo and guitarist Dean DeLeo returned to the spotlight in 2006 when the brothers teamed up with singer Richard Patrick from Filter and former David Lee Roth drummer Ray Luzier in Army Of Anyone.
In spring 2008 STP officially revealed that the band were reuniting and
launched a massive concert tour encompassing over 65 dates and hitting
all corners of North America.
Finally Stone Temple Pilots issued their self-titled album in May 2010; the 12-song set debuted at #2 on The Billboard 200 and the first single, "Between The Lines", rocketed atop The Hot Rock Songs chart and The Hot Modern Rock Tracks with meteoric ease. The follow-up single, "Take A Load Off", nearly entered the top 20 of the Active Rock chart and was followed by the minor hit "Cinnamon".
A new Stone Temple Pilots track, "Out Of Time", featuring Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington was released in May 2013, the song hit #1 on Active Rock chart and served as a preview for the EP titled "High Rise"; the 5-track set, which is credited to Stone Temple Pilots with Chester Bennington, arrives in October.