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Stone Temple Pilots Interview at Getsigned.Com
August 30, 2001

A Conversation with Stone Temple Pilots' Scott Weiland and Dean DeLeo

Family Values Dates Confirmed
August 29, 2001 

The first three dates for the Family Values Tour have been confirmed. They are as follows:

October 11 - Cleveland, OH - Cleveland State Convocation Center
October 12 - Chicago, IL - Allstate Arena
October 13 - St. Paul, MN - Xcel Center


Review: Brixton Academy
August 23, 2001 

Six years is a long time to be away. Since Stone Temple Pilots last visited these shores in 1995 their contemporaries have all but disappeared. For a minute it looked like STP were heading down the same path, with frontman Scott Weiland either in rehab or jail. Now, with the singer back on the straight and narrow, the San Diego quartet have finally made it across the pond again which probably explains the surreal, almost magical atmosphere tonight. The awe etched across faces speaks volumes as to the devotion this band inspire.

Bathed in blue light, they stride calmly on stage. Scott, wearing a leather cap and a black feather boa draped around his neck, struts confidently towards the front of the stage, thrusts out his crotch, hands on hips, and casts a penetrative glance over the crowd. "We've been a long time in coming," he admits with a smile. His fellow band members are clearly glad to be back in the fray - the chemistry between the four is tangible - but the star of the show is undoubtedly Weiland . Oozing sexual charisma, the singer is every inch the rock star, swaggering and cavorting around on stage as the crowd look on, mesmerized.

With some five albums under their belt, including new album 'Shangri-La Dee Da', STP have a wealth of material to choose from. Newies such as recent single 'Days Of The Week' are given a warm reception but, for the most part, tonight reads like a greatest hits set, heavily weighted towards 'Core' ('Plush', 'Creep' and 'Sin' among the highlights) and 'Purple'. One of the most memorable moments, however, comes during an acoustic interlude with a poignant airing of 'Sour Girl' - relating the break-up of his first marriage - from the heavily underrated 'No.4' When Weiland sings "She was a happy girl the day that she left me," his voice, barely audible, almost cracks under the strain. It's an emotional moment for all concerned.

For the encore, Scott strips down to his birthday suit and fastens a Union Jack flag around his lower torso. They close the set with the ultimate high - a jaw-dropping rendition of 'Sex Type Thing' . The days of crash and burn are long since past; Stone Temple Pilots, it would seem, are flying high again.

Article by Catherine Chambers for XFM Online

Happy Birthday Dean!
August 23, 2001

Happy Birthday Dean!

Family Values 2001
August 21, 2001 

Stone Temple Pilots will be headlining with Staind this fall along with Linkin Park, Static X and Deadsy!

The Family Values Tour website (
www.familyvaluestour.com) will be pre-selling tickets to many of these shows. We'll put up ticket information here as well as soon as it's available.

STP, Staind Lead Family
August 21, 2001 

Korn's Family Value Tour will return this fall, after a one-year layoff. The tour, which has been a fall outing in its previous two incarnations, was initially slated for a January launch this year, but was delayed due to heavy tour competition. Stone Temple Pilots, Staind, Linkin Park, Static-X and Deadsy will be onboard for this edition of Family Values, which will kick off in October. Korn, envisioning an outing that spotlighted both hard rock and rap, initiated the Family Values Tour in 1998. The group headlined the inaugural Family Values that fall, which also included Rammstein, Ice Cube, Limp Bizkit and Orgy. The following year, Limp Bizkit took over as headliner with Filter, Mobb Deep, Method Man and Redman, Primus, Crystal Method, and Ja Rule also in the fold.

Both STP and Staind will be supporting recent releases, Shangri-La Dee Da and Break the Cycle, respectively, while Linkin Park continue to plug 2000's multi-platinum Hybrid Theory.

The Family Values Tour 2001 will launch its official Web site this week (www.familyvaluestour.com), and the site will be the first place fans can purchase tickets for the performances.

Article by ANDREW DANSBY for Rolling Stone

STP Video Interview
August 21, 2001 

CDNOW has posted an video interview with Scott and Eric. Check out the link below:

Stone Temple Pilots first burst out of the San Diego and Hollywood club scene in the early '90s, part of a new wave of West Coast bands that introduced alternative rock to the masses and helped to erase the last traces of the lingering hair metal scene.

Though the group (singer Scott Weiland, guitarist Dean DeLeo, bassist Robert DeLeo, and drummer Eric Kretz) has endured more personal and professional ups and downs than most any other band in recent memory, their latest album, the personal, moody Shangri-La Dee Da, is as challenging and engaging a record as STP has ever produced.

CDNOW: You started making this record right after finishing your last tour. Did you come off the road energized and ready to get right back into the studio?

Scott Weiland: Yeah, we spent all of last summer sort of getting our heads ready for making the record, and talking about the kind of record we wanted to make. Our heads were filled with some much positive energy while we were touring, and we wanted to capitalize on that, and not go home for too long and let too many distractions hinder us from getting back in the studio.

I don't think any of us like to sit around too much, I think we prefer to be working. That's also the reason why we decided to make the record in a house as opposed to in a conventional studio, because we could capitalize on the unity of the band.

Once you started recording, did things go fairly smoothly?

Weiland: Yeah, it did. The first six weeks of the recording process was really the most amazing part of the whole experience. That was before Brendan O'Brien, our producer, and his crew got there so it was just the band, and we were just there completely open-minded and with really no direct concept. We didn't set any parameters as far as what the album should be like. I think we knew we wanted to break new ground, and we knew we wanted to really challenge ourselves and to go into uncharted territory, musically and sonically, and sort of achieve some of the goals we have had over the last couple of albums, but really sort of see them through.

Eric Kretz: To elaborate on what Scott was saying, on every other record we've always rented a rehearsal room, had all the instruments there, played full volume, and bashed out the songs, arranged them that way, and then took those ideas into a studio and then developed them in a studio atmosphere, putting all the different layers on. Whereas this time, like Scott was mentioning, the first six weeks we decided to take these songs that needed a little more care and needed a little more maturing to work on and develop. It was such an amazing experience for us for those six weeks to not have any pressures from producers, management, label, anybody. We just got to completely have the freedom to be on our own and develop the sound of the record from that.

Weiland: Also, I think we've gotten to a point where we've had such great success over the last nine years, since our first album, Core, came out in 1992, that we're above the fray, and we don't regard ourselves as being part of any flock, or in any fold. And with that realization comes a certain amount of freedom, and the freedom is that we don't need to, nor do we, pay any attention to what's going on around us, musically.

We don't pay attention to any current trends, nor do we feel a part of them. It has sort of given us the feeling that we can chart our own path. And being now at a point in our career where we're starting to leave an indelible mark on the face of music, we look at it more like a contribution. And we want to make albums that are going to be important records 20 years from now.

The middle part of the album really distinguishes itself in its adventurousness. Was that part of the plan, to really challenge your fans?

Weiland: Well, you know what? It's where we needed to go at that time because that's where we were. It's like throwing caution to the wind, throw it up in the air, and see where it lands, and you just hope that people come along for the ride. Those songs are just as special, if not more, to us than the heavier stuff, but it's the kind of thing you need to acquire a taste for. Our fans, I guess it'll stretch some of them. I think we have different groups of fans. Half of our fan base is -- I think for the most part are traditional hard rock fans, probably the same people that buy Metallica records. And then the other half of our fan base is younger kids more into experimental music, a little bit more your art-school-type kids.

And that's what makes our fans so special to us is because there is such a wide cross -section. But at a certain point, to feel healthy about what you do, you really have to satisfy yourself. Because if you're not being true to yourself as an artist, then you're short-changing everybody else.

Eric, when things were at their low point with Scott, how close was the rest of the band to throwing in the towel?

Kretz: It gets to the point for every band, after being in this for 10 or 15 years, where creatively and as far as the unity of the band, it gets to the point where something has to change. We've lived so tightly together, the four of us, through highs and lows, elation and depressions, traveling, sickness, health. It just really gets to the point where everyone needs to try something different and creatively as well. At the time we did the [Weiland-free] Talk Show record, and Scott did his 12 Bar Blues record, it was really an exciting time just to try something creatively that's not in the STP category. And I think we've learned a lot from that year that we kind of spent apart from each other.

Scott, it's well documented you've been sober for some time now. Do you feel like you chose to be where you are now, or did circumstances work to force you to do what needed to be done?

Weiland: I think it's both. I decided just to not continuously walk down the same path that I was walking down before. And you know what? When you hit a bump in the road, when you tread unknowingly across an icy patch, and you slide a little bit, it's learning through experience what works and what doesn't work. How to pick up the pieces and to continue to move on in a positive way, and to learn positively from mistakes you make, instead of wallowing in the fact that you make them, I think that's a huge lesson to learn from life. What kind of decisions you make when you do make mistakes, and to not allow that to chart its own course and to carry you to a place where you don't want to live continuously. I was forced to come to that kind of understanding or continue to suffer a lot of the negative consequences that I started to suffer.

It's just another extension of the journey that I was on when I was doing drugs. I was really on some kind of journey of self-understanding, some kind of journey towards self-enlightenment. A spiritual journey to try to find out what really fuels me and come to some kind of answers about questions that I've had. Just how to deal with life as it happens on a day-to-day basis. I think everybody has defining moments like that in his or her life. And it's what you do with the information that you find. Whether you grow from it and grow a little wiser and become a little more flexible or whether you allow it to consume you.

Article by Troy Augusto for CDNOW

Stone Temple Pilots Rock Out With 'Hollywood Bitch'
August 14, 2001 

The Stone Temple Pilots look to show off their harder rocking side on "Hollywood Bitch," the second single from latest album Shangri-La Dee Da. The song arrives at radio this week, following on the heels of the pop-hook-laden first single, "Days Of The Week."

STP bassist Robert DeLeo tells LAUNCH that there will always be a place for the hard rockers in the group's sound. "We've always made records with the live show in mind. And I think a good live rock show definitely has to be comprised of those kind of songs. And I think continuing to do those songs is just a natural thing for us as a band to do because it really is the best kind of material to ultimately do what you do as a rock band--play live." The Stone Temple Pilots head to Europe later this week for shows through the rest of August.

Article by Neal Weiss for Launch

Rolling Rock Town Fair 2.0 Airs August 11
August 10, 2001 

If you couldn't be among the 45,000 fans in old Latrobe when STP played a kick-ass headlining performance alongside the Deftones, Incubus, Live, Tantric, and Oleander, you can still experience the show. Watch for the Rolling Rock Town Fair 2.0 to air on Pay Per View August 11 - check local cable and satellite providers for ordering info. You can also get the dilly on ordering, and hear STP's searing new single, 'Hollywood Bitch,' by downloading the flashcards below.

More Pilots in PA can also be found on August 12 when VH1 airs a special Rock Show focusing on the 'Town Fair' at 10am.

Of course if you wanna be big Willie and call the shots at a show, click over to Getmusic.com and enter a contest that'll let you choose STP's set list at one of the upcoming Family Values tour dates!

STP's SHANGRI-LA DEE DA is in stores now. Check their official site, StoneTemplePilots.com for the latest on the all-new album.

Getmusic link - http://www.getmusic.com/artists/featured/STPContest26075.html

'Hollywood Bitch' Hits Radio On Monday
August 10, 2001 

Stone Temple Pilots will follow up their radio hit single 'Days of the Week', with 'Hollywood Bitch'. Call and request 'Hollywood Bitch' at your local radio stations!

Rolling Rock Town Fair Review
August 07, 2001 

At last year's inaugural Rolling Rock Town Fair the laid back atmosphere brought about by pie-eating contests, a barbershop quartet, and petting zoo was disrupted when an angry mob of beer worshippers outnumbered the actual suds available.

This year's expanded Beer Garden replaced the Second Stage. That, along with nine hours of testosterone-heavy guitar rock, could have been a recipe for disaster, but the worst that happened at RRTF 2.0 on Saturday (Aug. 4) at Westmoreland Fairgrounds was a lot of sunburn lotion being applied once concertgoers made it home from Latrobe, Pa. Besides, while these bands may rock hard, they're prone to show their sensitive side.

Other than the acoustic moments provided by Staind's two hits ("Outside" and "It's Been Awhile") and Stone Temple Pilot's brief acoustic set, the focus was on power chords. The diversity shown at last year's show (Red Hot Chili Peppers, Moby, Our Lady Peace) was dropped in favor of Stone Temple Pilots, Live, Deftones, Incubus, Tantric, and Oleander.

While solid performances appeased the more than 45,000 who suffered through temperatures in the upper 80s, high humidity, and mud (due to a nasty thunderstorm the day before), only Incubus provided a broad spectrum of styles: hip-hop, thrash, metal, acoustic pop, and worldbeat. On "Nebula," it occurred all at once. The band also performed "Nice to Know You" from its forthcoming album due in October.

Deftones' hour-long set gave the energy boost needed as fans were going through the event's fifth hour. Chino Moreno showed that he's as hard on his vocal chords as he is on his microphone. He ended several songs by bouncing it off the stage in a poor imitation of Roger Daltrey's mike swinging movements. By the second number, "My Own Summer (Shove It)," Moreno made the first of several visits to the barrier at the front of the crowd.

Staind's mix of assaulting guitar riffs and delicate moments mimicked frontman Aaron Lewis' vocal and onstage demeanor -- calm, snarling, and cathartic.

York, Pa., natives Live provided the obligatory hits ("Lightning Crashes," "I Alone," "When Dolphins Cry," and "Pain Lies on the Riverside"), but the bump-and-grind tactics of the new tune "Deep Enough" deflated all the talk of unity and spirituality.

One can easily decipher Stone Temple Pilots' influences from one song to the next (i.e., guitarist Dean DeLeo knocking out Led Zeppelin's "The Ocean" before the encore), but the quartet secures its little spot in the rock-and-roll world by writing tunes so catchy that it makes it forgivable.

It's particularly helpful that STP is blessed with a frontman such as Scott Weiland. His serpentine movements, stage gear (leather motorcycle hat and vest la ex-Judas Priest vocalist Rob Halford, ball-gown gloves, American flag, birthday suit), charismatic presence, and vocal roar definitely make STP stand out.

As "Sex Type Thing" ended, the exhausted crowd made a peaceful march to the exit, content with the day's activities even though it was less filling in the process.

Article by John Patrick Gatta for Allstar

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