Stone Temple Pilots Biography

Stone Temple Pilots (often abbreviated STP), currently known as Stone Temple Pilots with Chester Bennington, is an American rock band from San Diego, California, that currently consists of brothers Robert (bass, backing vocals) and Dean DeLeo (guitar) and Eric Kretz (drums, percussion), and Chester Bennington (lead vocals). Since its formation, STP's line-up had remained unchanged until the dismissal of lead vocalist Scott Weiland in 2013, who was replaced with the singer from Linkin Park.

After forming in 1985 under the name Mighty Joe Young, the band signed with Atlantic Records and changed its name to Stone Temple Pilots. STP found immediate success in 1993 upon releasing their debut album Core (1992), and went on to become one of the most commercially successful bands of the 1990s. The band released four more studio albums: Purple (1994), Tiny Music... Songs from the Vatican Gift Shop (1996), No. 4 (1999) and Shangri-La Dee Da (2001) before separating in 2002, after which the band members partook in various projects, most notably Velvet Revolver and Army of Anyone. STP eventually reconvened in 2008 for a reunion tour, released a new self-titled album in 2010, and have been actively touring since, although Weiland was fired from the band and was replaced by Bennington in 2013. The band's first material with Bennington, the EP High Rise, was released October 8, 2013.

While initially displaying a sound typically identified as grunge early on in its career, further releases from the band expressed a variety of influences, including psychedelic rock, bossa nova and classic rock. The band's evolution throughout the 1990s and early 2000s involved several tumultuous periods of commercial highs and lows, brought about in part by Weiland's well-publicized struggles with drug addiction.

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Stone Temple Pilots on firing frontman Scott Weiland: 'We didn't have any other choice'

'I want to have fucking fun, man, making music,' says band's Robert DeLeo

  • Sep 6, 2013

Stone Temple Pilots and Linkin Park's Chester Bennington reveal 'High Rise' EP tracklisting

Artwork for five-track EP, which is out on October 8, also unveiled

  • Sep 5, 2013

Stone Temple Pilots to release 'High Rise' EP with Linkin Park's Chester Bennington

Five-track EP will be released on October 8 via 12Star Records

  • Aug 29, 2013

Sacked singer Scott Weiland says Stone Temple Pilots will have to 'buy me out of the company'

Weiland was fired from the long-running US rock band in February and the legal battle rages on

  • Aug 24, 2013

Scott Weiland says he doesn't think new Stone Temple Pilots frontman was being 'spiteful'

Chester Bennington of Linkin Park now sings with the band

  • Aug 1, 2013

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Stone Temple Pilots Reviews

Stone Temple Pilots : Shangri-La Dee Da

Stone Temple Pilots : Shangri-La Dee Da

Unhip grungers return

  • Aug 13, 2001

Stone Temple Pilots : Toronto Edge 102 Studios

A smack-free Scott Weiland leads his band through an acoustic set, a warm-up before they tour with Staind in the autumn...

  • Jul 10, 2001

New York Roseland Ballroom

It's a goodbye [b]New York[/b] will never forget...

  • Oct 25, 2000

No 4

It was all because of drugs. The whole thing, because of drugs.

  • Nov 1, 1999

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