Talks To Orlando Sentinel
December 29, 2001
The president urged Americans to go about their lives after Sept. 11, but it
hasn't been so easy for Stone Temple Pilots' bassist Robert DeLeo.
After an Orlando stop for a New Year's Eve performance at Hard Rock Live, Stone
Temple Pilots is headed to Salt Lake City for a prestigious gig at the Winter
DeLeo doesn't want to go.
"I have to be honest with you. After Sept. 11, I didn't really want to do
it anymore," he says by phone from his home outside Los Angeles. "I
just didn't think that was a good place to be. But, you know, hopefully they
will have enough security to keep everything intact."
Although DeLeo's sense of security has changed since the attacks on the World
Trade Center and the Pentagon, he isn't convinced that most people have a new
"I drive around L.A. now and it's amazing how we forget so quickly about
what has happened. People are back to cutting you off in traffic and doing
whatever they want to do. I think everyone takes what he [President Bush] said
as a signal to ignore or forget what happened."
On a business level, the attacks forced STP to cancel roughly five dates this
fall on the Family Values Tour, a package show with Staind, Linkin Park and
"Understandably, I don't think parents wanted their kids in a large arena
full of people, so we were very affected by it. I think this country has almost
lost a sense of our innocence.
"I personally have lost it. When you see those black-and-white images of
World War II, it seems so long ago and far away. When something like this
happens, it's real and it's an example that it can happen. I didn't think I'd
ever see that in our lifetime."
In addition to the disruption of world events, Stone Temple Pilots is working
its way through yet another internal crisis. Lead singer Scott Weiland was
arrested in November on a domestic battery charge after an alleged fight with
his wife at a Las Vegas hotel.
According to police reports, Weiland pushed his wife against a wall and stepped
on her after she tried to keep him from leaving the room to pick up a
prescription. Weiland said the prescription was for a torn cartilage in his
The latest incident comes after Weiland was sentenced to a year in prison in
1999 for a probation violation stemming from drug possession charges.
It's the latest story in a saga that already has enough twists and turns to
quicken the pulse of any Behind the Music producer. DeLeo, 35, cautions that the
final chapter is yet to be written for one of the few remaining bands of the
early 1990s rock resurgence.
"I don't think we've quite come out the other end yet," he says.
"There are still things we're all dealing with."
DeLeo notes that performing with a crop of nü-metal bands on the Family Values
Tour opened his eyes to the notion that STP is ready for a career transition.
"We took on that tour in hopes of reaching a broader audience, meaning
younger people whose older brothers and sisters have our records."
Unfortunately, the ambitious scope of the band's Shangri-La Dee Da didn't always
fit the harder-edged sensibilities of the audience. Nor does DeLeo feel that the
label did enough to promote the album.
"Whenever we put a record out, I always think it's our best record yet. I
always feel goofy saying that, but so much time has gone by since we did this
album, I really do feel like it's our best and it's been ignored by our record
"On the tour, it was tough to play album tracks off a record that people
don't know, so I think it went over people's heads. You're playing for
14-year-old boys who are asking whether we're gay or not. It's really
frustrating that you have to resort to a greatest-hits set.
"Playing that for eight weeks, it wears on you. After a while, your heart
really isn't in the place it should be."
DeLeo envisions a tour that would allow the band, which also includes guitarist
Dean DeLeo and drummer Eric Kretz, to play more intimate venues. He also would
like to revisit songs such as "Wet My Bed," "Pretty Penny,"
"And So I Know" and "Lady Picture Show" in new arrangements.
"I think we have been in transition for the past year or two," DeLeo
says. "What do you do when you outlive the scene you were with?
"I think we've been a little misunderstood, musically speaking. We're not
just a rock band. There's a lot of different textures on records that make this
band really special.
"The biggest compliment is when people come up and say, 'I really dig your
songs.' The songs are going to last, and this band has always been about
Whatever the direction, fans will have to wait to hear a new batch of songs.
DeLeo says that he wants a break from the band after the Olympics, to work on a
solo album and rekindle his enthusiasm for STP. Still, he would consider
reuniting for a tour next summer.
"It's a very large commitment to think about another STP record, and I
don't know if I have it in me right now," he says. "You don't want to
get back into something you don't want to do, especially when it's music with
other people. You have to want to do that."
Article by Jim Abbott for Orlando Sentinel
Pleads Guilty To Battery
December 21, 2001
Stone Temple Pilots' frontman Scott Weiland pleaded guilty to domestic battery
Wednesday (December 19) in Las Vegas Justice Court, stemming from an incident
involving his wife last month.
Counsel for the singer struck a plea bargain where the case would be dismissed
if there were no further incidents in the next six months, and if the
38-year-old singer completes 26 counseling sessions during that time, Associated
"We didn't want to put his wife through [testifying], and counseling
doesn't hurt him," said Weiland's attorney, David Chesnoff, to AP.
Weiland was arrested after fighting with his wife Mary in a room at the Hard
Rock Hotel on November 19. According to the police report, the couple "had
a verbal argument over prescription medication...In an attempt to stop Scott
from leaving the room, Mary sat in front of the door...Scott became physical
when he physically removed Mary from in front of the door. He did this by
forcefully grabbing her arms and moving her to the right of the door. He then
pushed Mary against the wall several times. Scott then left the room. As the
result of the altercation, Mary had some bruising on her left bicep as well as
her right bicep."
Neal Weiss for
Quote Of 2001
December 20, 2001
"Ten years ago, you
were probably too young to think for yourself. God and the devil. He's in the
den, motherfucker." –- Stone Temple Pilots' Scott Weiland in response to
this statement from an Alternative Press interviewer: "Ten years
ago, I would not have said the sentence, 'That Stone Temple Pilots album is
really good.' But Shangri-La Dee Da is a finely tempered, solid rock
Guest On Morissette's Under Rug Swept
December 13, 2001
Stone Temple Pilots' Dean DeLeo is among the guest musicians who will appear on
Alanis Morissette's forthcoming Under Rug Swept, due in stores on
February 26. Other guests include Red
Hot Chili Peppers' Flea and Meshell Ndegeocello.
Article from Live
Love Song (Acoustic)
MP3 is Up!
December 10, 2001
These MP3s are from the Y100 Acoustic Sonic
Session that STP performed on October 22, 2001.
here to download 'Interstate Love Song'
here to download 'Black Again'
here to download 'Revolution'
The MP3s are .zip files because Tripod won't let you download MP3s directly.
To unzip use WinZip
or other unzipping program.
Stone Temple Pilots To Play
Salt Lake City 2002
December 10, 2001
Stone Temple Pilots and
many other bands are booked to play the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, which
starts February 8 and runs through February 24. The Olympic Organizing Committee
is planning 16 nightly concerts in the Olympics Medal Plaza.
The first performance will be February 9, with the Dave Matthews Band kicking
off the string of concerts, which will be broadcast on NBC as part of its
coverage of the Winter Olympics. A full lineup announcement is scheduled for
Tuesday (December 18) in Salt Lake City.
Article by Darren Davis
STP 2002 Calendar
December 5, 2001
has a 2002 calendar that has some pretty bitching pictures of the band
performing live. You can pick it up at 123Posters.com
Also be sure to download Scott Weiland's cover of Depeche Mode's 'But Not
Tonight' at Below
Empty. The song is featured on the soundtrack for Not Another Teen Movie.