Stone Temple Pilots – Saturday, July 16 at 11pm
Scott Weiland – Vocals
Robert DeLeo – Bass, vocals,
Dean DeLeo – Guitar
Eric Kretz – Drums, Percussion
Scott Weiland and Robert DeLeo met at a Black Flag Concert in Long Beach, California in 1986 and started a band with a couple of Weiland’s friends. Eric Kretz soon took over on drums and Robert’s brother Dean became the guitarist and the band took the name Mighty Joe Young. The band recorded a demo in 1990, started touring the San Diego circuit and by 1992 signed with Atlantic Records. Due to the Mighty Joe Young already being used by another performer, the band changed their name to Stone Temple Pilots and went to work with up and coming producer Brendan O’Brien on their debut album. Released on September 29, 1992, the album Core
was highly successful, reaching #3 on the charts and eventually selling over 8 million copies. “Sex Type Thing” had a good run, reaching #23 on the Mainstream Rock chart, but it was the song “Plush” that really broke the band. The song hit #1 on the Mainstream Rock chart and #18 on the Billboard Hot 100. It would eventually win the band a Grammy for Best Hard Rock Performance in 1994. “Wicked Garden” would also chart at #11 on the Mainstream Rock chart and the fourth single, “Creep,” would give the album another boost in sales by hitting #2 on the Mainstream Rock chart. The band won Best New Artist at the 1993 MTV Music Awards. While finding success among music fans, the group was panned by critics for seeming to jump on the grunge bandwagon that was sweeping the world at the time. However, they were loved by the fans. In fact, in 1993 the band was voted Best New Band by Rolling Stone readers while being voted Worst New Band by the Rolling Stone music critics. The band played MTV’s Unplugged in 1993, where they first played the future hit “Big Empty.” That song was released on The Crow
soundtrack and eventually included on the band’s second album Purple
. The album, released in June 1994, debuted at #1 and became another multi-platinum seller, eventually going platinum 6 times. “Big Empty” would climb to #3 on the Mainstream Rock chart while the two follow-up singles, “Interstate Love Song” and “Vasoline,” both hit #1 on the Mainstream Rock chart. “Interstate Love Song” spent a then-record 15 weeks at #1 on that chart. Two more singles, “Unglued” and “Pretty Penny,” hit #8 and #12 on the chart, respectively. As with many bands who hit it big, troubles started to surface and Weiland was arrested for heroin and cocaine possession in May 1995. They temporarily separated before getting back together to record their 3rd album in October 1995. Tiny Music…Songs from the Vatican Gift Shop
was released on March 5, 1996 and debuted at #4 on the charts. The album would continue the string of hits the band was reeling off at the time with three more #1 Mainstream Rock hits with “Big Bang Baby,” “Lady Picture Show,” and “Trippin’ on a Hole in a Paper Heart.” These songs helped the album go double platinum, but sales would suffer from the lack of touring the band was able to do in support of the album. The band performed a fall tour in support of the album, but Weiland’s drug problems would resurface. Weiland, who had been put on a year’s probation for his arrest in 1995, could not kick his dependency and the band had to scrap the remainder of the tour. He was assigned to a drug treatment facility for 6 months and then relapsed at the beginning of 1997, which caused another cancelled tour. Due to these problems, the band went on hiatus. The members, minus Weiland, formed the band called Talk Show and released an album in 1997 while Weiland released a solo album in 1998. When neither of these albums sold well, Stone Temple Pilots reunited and released the album No. 4
in 1999. “Sour Girl” was a hit from the album, reaching #4 on the Mainstream Rock chart. A couple more cracked the top 20 on that chart, but ultimately, sales were hurt because of Weiland’s drug problems. He was ordered to serve a year in LA county jail for probation violation and tour plans were yet again scrapped. 2001 brought the band’s fifth album, Shangri-La Dee Da
. Despite the fact the band was able to tour behind it, the disc proved to be their worst selling release. After an altercation between Dean DeLeo and Weiland on the tour’s final show, the band broke up. Weiland went on to have success with several members of Guns ‘n Roses with the band Velvet Revolver while the DeLeo’s formed a band with Filter vocalist Richard Patrick. However, Stone Temple Pilots once again reunited for the festival circuit before announcing a full tour for the summer of 2008. Things went well enough that the band again went to work on a new album. In May 2010, the band released a self-titled album that debuted at #2 on the charts. The album has had two Mainstream Rock hits, most notably “Between the Lines,” which reached #3. The band has been touring around the world in support of this album and will be making their first appearance at Moondance Jam.Did You Know?
Stone Temple Pilots have sold over 40 million albums worldwide.
They have sold over 17 million in the USA.
Stone Temple Pilots’ “Plush” won the MTV VMA for Best New Artist in 1993.
They won a Grammy for Best Hard Rock Performance for “Plush” in 1994.
The band won Favorite Pop/Rock New Artist and Heavy Metal/Hard Rock Artist at the 1994 AMA’s.
Brendan O’Brien, who produced their first album, went on to produce highly successful albums for Pearl Jam.
Core was released the same day as Alice In Chains’ album Dirt
Core was the 93rd best-selling album of the 1990’s.
Purple was the 99th best-selling albums of the 1990’s.
Purple is #73 on Guitar World Magazine’s list of the 100 Greatest Guitar Albums of All Time.
The band opened for Megadeth, Rage Against the Machine, and Butthole Surfers behind their debut album.
The album Purple
also hit #1 in Australia.
“Interstate Love Song” replaced “Vasoline” as #1 on the Mainstream Rock chart, giving the band two consecutive #1 hits on the chart.
“Interstate Love Song” spent a then-record 15 weeks as #1 on the chart.
The song was named the #58 hard rock song of all time by VH1.
Weiland had a double platinum album with the supergroup Velvet Revolver with 2004’s Contraband.
Velvet Revolver also had 7 Top 20 Mainstream Rock chart hits.
Velvet Revolver’s members include Slash, Duff McKagan, and Matt Sorum from Guns n’ Roses.
The video for “Sour Girl” was nominated for a Billboard Video Award for Best Modern Rock Track in 2000.
The “Sour Girl” video featured actress Sarah Michelle Gellar.
The video did not win, however. The award was won by 3 Doors Down for the video for “Kryptonite.”
The band covered The Doors’ “Break on Through (To the Other Side)” in 2000 on the Doors’ tribute album Stoned Immaculate
Stone Temple Pilots’ headlined the Virgin Mobile Festival Baltimore in 2008. See videos below!
The band played the 2010 Download Festival in England.Album Chart Positions
1992 Core #3 (8X Platinum)
1994 Purple #1 (6X Platinum)
1996 Tiny Music…Songs from the Vatican Gift Shop #4 (2X Platinum)
1999 No. 4 #6 (Platinum)
2001 Shangri-La Dee Da #9 (Gold)
2003 Thank You (Greatest Hits) #26
2010 Stone Temple Pilots #2Bilboard Mainstream Rock Charts
1993 Creep #2
1993 Plush #1
1993 Sex Type Thing #23
1993 Wicked Garden #11
1994 Big Empty #3
1994 Interstate Love Song #1
1994 Unglued #8
1994 Vasoline #1
1995 Dancing Days #3
1995 Pretty Penny #12
1996 Big Bang Baby #1
1996 Lady Picture Show #1
1996 Trippin’ on a Hole in a Paper Heart #1
1997 Tumble in the Rough #9
1999 Down #5
2000 Break on Through (To the Other Side) #35
2000 Heaven & Hot Rods #17
2000 Now Way Out #17
2000 Sour Girl #4
2001 Days of the Week #4
2001 Hollywood * #25
2004 All in the Suit That You Wear #5
2010 Between the Lines #3
2010 Take a Load Off #23Setlists
May 7, 2011 in Rochester, NY
Heaven and Hot Rods
Between the Lines
Interstate Love Song
Sex Type Thing
Dead and Bloated
Trippin' on a Hole in a Paper Heart
March 26, 2011 in Auckland, New Zealand
Heaven and Hot Rods
Between the Lines
Interstate Love Song
Sex Type Thing
Dead & Bloated
Trippin’ on a Hole in a Paper HeartMy Take
Stone Temple Pilots hit it big while I was in college when my musical taste was fully immersed in the grunge era. I can remember the first time I heard them and I completely disagreed with the critics who said they were just jumping on the grunge bandwagon. Yes, they had a grunge element but I remember listening to that first album and describing it to my girlfriend Linda (now wife!) that they reminded me of Elton John, The Doors, and Pearl Jam all wrapped up in one. Each time I heard their debut, it reminded me of someone else they sounded like. Now I have listened to them so much I don’t hear those other artists any more, I just hear their signature sound. I was lucky enough to be able to see them in the summer of 1993 when they were really just starting out and building a buzz. They were 2nd on the bill that night, with then-unknown Flaming Lips opening and the Butthole Surfers closing. STP put on a great show night, easily the best of the 3 bands. The crowd loved them, especially when Weiland sang an entire song with a gunny-sack on his head through his now-trademark megaphone. I also remember how cool I thought Weiland was when singing from that big rocking chair on MTV’s Unplugged that year. They toured so little back then I wasn’t able to see them again until 2000 when they closed our local radio station’s festival, where again they were the best on the bill. I actually saw ¾ of the band (minus Weiland) when they were the band Talk Show, opening for Foo Fighters in 1997. The crowd was so hungry for the real thing that they went nuts when Dean DeLeo played a brief STP riff. The lead singer eventually got so mad at the crowd that he basically said “Screw you!” and left. I think if Stone Temple Pilots had stayed together during those years they would have probably developed into my 2nd favorite band from that era, after Pearl Jam. However, it was hard to keep track of what they were doing. Together. Break up. Together. Arrests. Tour. Cancel tour. Break up. Form new bands. Jail for Weiland. Reunite. Arrests. Rehab. Reunite I couldn’t keep up. I also need to feel that I have a good chance of seeing a band live but I was afraid I may never see them live again after all of Weiland’s drug problems. Had they consistently stayed together I would have become an even bigger fan of the band. That being said, I bought all of their first 4 albums right when they came out and I liked all of them, especially the first two. They have a great sound, and when they are on, they are hard to beat for a straight up rock show. I am so glad they have reunited and this time it seems for real. There really haven’t been too many troubles lately and I think Weiland is behaving himself. Weiland, when behaving, is an amazing talent. His former band Velvet Revolver, with members of Guns ‘n Roses, had such a great sound and had the hits to also close the jam as well. I unfortunately never got to see them live. I have fully immersed myself in Stone Temple Pilots’ music once again and it has been great to become a fan of them all over again. I am especially looking forward to the intro to “Dead & Bloated” (I am smelling like the rose that somebody gave me on my birthday death bed!) and the only song I really like off their third album, “Trippin’ on a Hole in a Paper Heart.” That song has now replaced Cracker’s “Low” as the song I am most looking forward to hearing at the jam. The jam closing set is always a little sad for me as the realization the jam is coming to end is not fun, but I am looking forward to Stone Temple Pilots’ set. It will be one we are going to be talking about for years to come.Videos
Sex Type Thing - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8hhu-OyHqZM
Dead & Bloated – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lM8dS51R ... re=related
Creep - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sT1DdO3S ... ure=fvwrel
Plush - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qKUialUJ ... ure=relmfu
Vasoline - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k2lcLCBE ... ure=relmfu
Interstate Love Song - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3OtI0V5u ... ure=relmfu
Big Bang Baby - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UL-bOTsW ... re=related
Days of the Week - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JzS590Ak ... re=related
Trippin’ on a Hole in a Paper Heart - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vVD0JVnsXXw
Lady Picture Show - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ds_43MdY ... re=related
Down - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KO4gvhtl ... re=related
Big Empty - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hv5LEdLZ ... re=related
Plush (live MTV Unplugged) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HMvsBUGb0aM
Crackerman (Live) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Ha0wr7e6pQ
Plush (live 2008) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kT6H1Ubk ... re=related
Interstate Love Song (live 2008) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ryHggERC ... re=related
Trippin’ on a Hole in a Paper Heart - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Es9wTC7o ... re=related
Wicked Garden (Live on Letterman 1993) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=soRQlZ98 ... re=related
Dancing Days (Unplugged Led Zeppelin Cover) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ki9WtdZPsRY
Big Empty (Live) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NIGhvqC0 ... re=related