Stone Temple Pilots
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|Stone Temple Pilots|
|Also known as||Chester Stone & The Pilots of the Mississippi|
|Origin||San Diego, California, USA|
|Years active||1986 - 2003; 2008 - Present|
| Chester "Stone" Bennington|
Robert E. DeLeo
Eric "Cartman" Kretz
Stone Temple Pilots, formerly known as "Reverend Joe Black", "Shirley Temple's Pussy", and currently marketed as "Chester Stone & The Pilots of the Mississippi", is a Grunge Country band, formed in San Diego, California in 1986, following a Willie Nelson marijuana benefit where professional drug addict/vocalist Scott Weiland, and bass player Robert DeLeo had met. Widely recognized as an influence on bands such as Pearl Jam and Nirvana throughout their humble beginnings, their first two CD's Rotten To The Core and Purple Rain gained much publicity worldwide after their 1992 and 1994 releases. With comparisons to such greats that came before them as The Doors, The Beatles, and The Rolling Stones. Despite Weiland's rampant drug abuse, and violent temper tantrums, which forced a five-year break-up of the band in 2003, they would follow these up with 4 more commercially successful releases (PSYCHE!). Including their most recent, Eponymous Hippopotamus, released on May 25th, 2010 to rave reviews.
In December 2012, Scott Weiland was fired from the band for fucking Dean DeLeo's wife. In 2013, he was replaced with Chester Bennington, who is impotent, and incapable of the same follies. Job security!
edit Early Years (1986 - 1992)
Scott Weiland and Robert DeLeo were attending a Willie Nelson concert in San Diego one night in 1986, supporting the legalization of Marijuana, when they took notice to each other and struck up a conversation. Eventually, they came to realize through this simple act of conversing that they were both dating the same woman. Upon further speculation between the two of them, they also came to the horrible revelation that the woman they were seeing was actually a transvestite. Immediately, moments before police raided the event, they left the concert, broke up with her, forced her out of town, and proceeded to take the deed to her apartment. Fearing they would once again be homeless when she came back to try and reclaim it some time later, they put their heads together, and came to the conclusion that, for their own safety and well being, they had to place a hit on her. Which was successful. This event also inspired the musical hit off of their first album, "Dead & Bloated". Which was equally successful.
In the time following this incident, witnesses were able to place the two at the scene of the crime. In turn, Weiland and DeLeo were both arrested. But due to the lack of physical evidence, they were acquitted of all charges. This is, however, where they had an epiphany. While they were sitting in their jail cells, contemplating life, they were listening to one of the other inmates playing a harmonica. As Scott Weiland would describe years later during a lucid moment, "the feeling... came over me, unlike my wildest hallucination. It was more powerful than any drug I had ever taken through the years. And that's saying something." This is when they knew. It was their destiny, their calling, to start a band. After recruiting drummer Eric Kretz, and guitar player Dean DeLeo (no relation to Robert), and playing under the names Reverend Joe Black and Shirley Temple's Pussy for six years, they finally settled on the name Stone Temple Pilots. Which is said to have been quipped from an episode of The Flinstones.
edit Rotten To The Core and Purple Rain (1992 - 1995)
After they were discovered by Atlantic Records, playing on a street corner in Los Angeles for mere pennies, they went into the studio to record their first album, Rotten To The Core. By the end of 1992, with the release of the album, they were regarded as the biggest band in Grunge, and in Country Music. Inspiring a slew of other artists in the Grunge Country genre such as Seattle's own Pearl Jam, who even went on to have a brand of Smucker's Jelly named after them. Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain even committed suicide because he couldn't live up to Weiland's prowess. The rest of the band even admitted to suicidal tendencies themselves, for lacking the technical proficiencies, and inventions in melody that STP had crafted. And while this has driven Krist Novoselic to largely drop off the face of the earth following Cobain's death, Dave Grohl continues to this day, with the Foo Fighters, determined to try and better himself. Every attempt as of 2013 has been in vain.
In 1994, with others in the genre still collapsing under their own weight, or finding short-term success with the formula that the band had crafted, they went into the studio with The Artist Formerly Known as Prince to record their sophomore album, Purple Rain. Staying at the #1 slot in the Billboard charts until the release of their third album, the band were once again praised for their efforts by fans, their many contemporaries, and critics alike. On the downside of success, this is also the period where Scott Weiland added Heroin, and Cocaine to his drug roster. Further adding to the bands problems, one day in June 1995, an anonymous tip came into the Los Angeles Police Department that he was traveling in a white Bronco, north on Interstate 405, with an alleged 48 grams of the latter in his possession. After giving way to a 35 MPH chase that expended the use of 20 Police Cruisers, Weiland was arrested, tried, and convicted. He was then, following a plea bargain, sentenced to his first of many stints in rehab. He also formed a side-project called The Inglorious Bastards. They recorded one song for a John Lennon compilation entitled Lost Weekend: The Dead Beatle Collection. It was pulled from the record, however, after Scott realized, and was subsequently angered at the sheer notion that they would be paid in american currency for their contribution, and not in the china white they were allegedly promised, and that Scott, himself, was rapidly and particularly becoming notorious over. After the widely televised incident, which escalated at the end of the year in an appearance on The Jerry Springer Show, the band broke up on less than amicable terms.
edit Tiny Dancer... and No. 1694422 (1996 - 2000)
After the fallout that preceded the end of The Inglorious Bastards, Scott picked up the pieces, and in early 1996, rejoined Stone Temple Pilots full time to begin work on a new studio album, Tiny Dancer... Songs From The Elton John Catalog. The bands third, which found them experimenting with cover songs, and attempting to widen the demographic to people over the age of 50. While it found success with critics, and the intended audience, long-time fans weren't exactly receptive to the idea. And this greatly upset Weiland, who dove deeper into his drug abuse at this revelation. He is quoted, as follows, from a 2008 issue of Rolling Stone magazine:
- "I didn't expect this to happen. Not in a million years. We were on top for so long, and for the first time... I was afraid. So I kept using."
Shortly after the release of the album, Weiland went back into Rehab again. Then, while the band took a three-year Hiatus, he recorded his first solo CD. 12 Beer Blues. After the tour, he was... again... back in rehab. Thinking he could stay sober this time, he reformed Stone Temple Pilots and went back into the studio to record what would be the ultimate downfall for the band. Despite their return to form. The mediocre, repetitive, and now discontinued No. 1694422. Which was Weiland's mugshot number in his previous arrest. Coincidentally, three days after the album's release, he would be arrested again. For the exact same thing as he was four years earlier.
In 2000, he was released from jail. The band then took the CD on the road, attempting to promote it with no luck. Attempting to take it in stride, despite such a huge setback, Weiland and company still thought they could redeem themselves with their fan base. So, they went into the studio not long after the tour for No. 1694422 wrapped up (or, rather, after publicity came to a screeching halt) to record what would be their last CD for nearly 10 years.
edit Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da, The Breakup, and Fuck You (2001 - 2008)
Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da was released in 2001 to slightly better, but nonetheless shitty reviews, as opposed to the previous effort, No. 1694422, which had been largely snubbed by the general public as well. Riding on the singles "I Love U (Every Day Of The Week)" (Feat. N*SYNC), and "Hollywood Is Just Fantastic", it faired slightly better on the Billboard charts, and the band thought it would be best to take the album on tour as a last ditch effort to regain their place in music. Not too surprisingly at this point, they failed. Now at their wits end with Weiland's half-assed performances, frequent trips to rehab, and spontaneous temper tantrums, which almost escalated into a knife fight one day in 2003 with Dean DeLeo, the band decided to call it a day. Equally fed up with trying to get their fans to like them again, but desperately needing the money, they released a compilation of their own polka covers that same year entitled Fuck You.
They would proceed to stay out of the spotlight, under the STP moniker, for five years. During which time, Scott Weiland took to becoming a professional drug counselor. This attempt at leading a straight life fell through after only one week, however, after he was caught by a patient in the rehab facility where he was working at time time, snorting heroin. He would then go on to join Velvet Revolver for the remainder of STP's dissolution. Robert and Dean DeLeo, as well as Eric Kretz, created their own fun separately with Filter's Richard Patrick through the one-off pro-war side-project Army Of America. After releasing their self-titled album, and going on tour with Ted Nugent, they too would dissolve. As this occurred, Velvet Revolver were also undergoing changes to their dynamic after Weiland accused Slash of stealing his drugs. Seeing it as the opportune time to bring back a band everybody knows and loves, STP officially settled their differences and got back together. In the end, it played out just like an episode of One Life To Live.
edit Reunion, Eponymous Hippopotamus & Weiland's Termination (2008 - 2012)
In 2008, after Scott Weiland broke it off with Velvet Revolver and completed his second solo album, Unhappy On Anti-Depressants, the band reunited. With the Fuck You compilation nearly forgotten at this time, and everything else perfectly fine on the home front, everybody welcomed them back with open arms. Following that, the band embarked on a 71-date world tour through Venice. Which was well-received. Then they went back into the studio in 2009 to record the long-awaited Eponymous Hippopotamus. It was also well-received. In the time that ensued, things were smooth sailing until Dean DeLeo caught Scott having sexual intercourse with his wife at a 2012 Christmas Party. A coup de tat has since taken place, which resulted in the official firing of Scott Weiland from the Stone Temple Pilots outfit. He was later replaced with Linkin Park's Chester Bennington.
edit Chester Stone & The Pilots of the Mississippi era (2013 - Present)
Following Scott's termination, the new lineup, featuring Chester Bennington of Linkin Park, went on to record their first single "Out Of Time." The song is, reportedly, about Scott sleeping with Dean DeLeo's wife, and his own personal dismay in light of these circumstances. On July 15th, the song was confirmed to be off of their upcoming EP of mostly 1950s american songbook standards, entitled High On The Maritimes, which will be marketed under the band's new moniker Chester Stone & The Pilots of the Mississippi, following a judge's ruling in a recent lawsuit between the three original members and Scott Weiland. The EP's release date has been slated for October 5th, 2013. The band are also on tour, currently.