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'Revolution' In Stores Today
November 27, 2001

Atlantic recording group Stone Temple Pilots have recorded their acclaimed version of The Beatles' classic "Revolution" for a special benefit single. The band will be donating all of their record royalties and Atlantic Records will be donating all of its profits from the sale of the single to the Twin Towers Fund (www.twintowersfund.vista.com), which provides assistance to or on behalf of the victims and families of victims of the World Trade Center disaster. The Enhanced CD Single is in stores now!

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Scott Weiland Arrested In Las Vegas On Domestic Violence Charges
November 21, 2001

Stone Temple Pilots' frontman Scott Weiland is once again in trouble with the law.

The singer was arrested around 2 a.m. Monday (Nov. 18) morning at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas on domestic violence charges, according to the incident report filed at the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.

As stated in the police report, this is what happened: "Weiland states she and her husband of one and a half years, Scott Weiland, had a verbal argument over prescription medication that had been prescribed by a Dr. Cary Logan. 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 the front of the door. He did this by forcefully grabbing her arms and moving her to the right side of the door. He then pushed Mary against the wall several times. Scott then left the room. As the result of the altercation, Mary has some bruising on her left bicep, as well as her right bicep."

According to the report, hotel security placed the call to 911. As is standard procedure, Polaroids were taken of the evidence and Weiland's wife was given a domestic violence information card. Weiland was held in custody for 12 hours.

Weiland was released in time to make STP's scheduled show at the Hard Rock Hotel's The Joint Monday evening. Although the arrest was not mentioned, the singer reportedly told the crowd, "I may be a failure at love, but I've written a few good tunes in my life," as quoted by ABC News Radio.

Calls to Atlantic Records for comment were not returned at press time.

Article from CDNOW

Weiland Allegedly Had Scuffle With Wife
November 20, 2001

Scott Weiland, lead singer for the Stone Temple Pilots, was arrested at the Hard Rock Casino in Las Vegas on charges related to domestic violence.

Weiland and his wife Marry had an argument in their hotel room and he was arrested at about 2 a.m. Monday night, police told ABCNEWS Radio. 

"We responded to a call of domestic violence," said Las Vegas Police Lt. Vincent Cannito.

"We found out that he abused his wife and he was arrested for domestic violence accordingly." 

The incident reportedly took place when Weiland tried to leave the room, and his wife attempted to stop him from exiting. The law required that he be held in custody for 12 hours. 

Weiland: ‘I Might Be a Failure at Love’ 

The 34-year-old singer was released in time for the band's show at the Hard Rock. He took stage in a cowboy hat and priest outfit. 

When he removed his hat, flashing his Mohawk hairdo, there appeared to be signs that he had been in a scuffle on his freshly shaven head. On both sides, there appeared to be fresh cuts and bruises. 

"I might be a failure at love," he told the crowd about an hour into the show. "But I've written a few good songs in my time." 

Weiland has struggled with drug abuse and has had several brushes with the law, even as the Stone Temple Pilots followed the lead of other mid 1990s grunge-era acts, like Nirvana and Pearl Jam, to the top of the charts. 

As the band's second album was climbing the charts, Weiland's heroin addiction was widely reported and he went into rehab. 

Just before a June 1996 gig in New York City, he was arrested on heroine possession charges and later plead guilty. 

After one relapse, the band was forced to cancel a tour and subsequently recorded with a different singer under the name Talk Show. Weiland went solo to record 12 Bar Blues in 1998, and the band's future seemed to be in jeopardy. 

Weiland has been arrested at the Hard Rock before. A few years ago, he was taken into custody for violating his probation by flying to Vegas for a gig there. Police did not indicate that drug charges were connected to his latest arrest. 

The Stone Temple Pilots are expected to play in Vegas again today. Weiland is then expected to take some time off for knee surgery before the band plays a New Year's Eve gig at Disney World. 


STP To Leave Q-Prime: Move On To The Firm
November 10, 2001

Screw you Q-Prime!!!STP has now officially left Q-Prime, their management of the past year or so, and has moved on to The Firm. The Firm is one of the largest Artist Management and Entertainment organizations in the world with an artist roster that includes Limp Bizkit, Backstreet Boys, Korn, Orgy, and Michael Jackson.

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Interview: Auto Pilot
November 10, 2001

The sordid drama that is Stone Temple Pilots is the stuff of made-for-VH1 movies-rapid rise, faster fall, crowning comeback.

And their recent return to glory is just one more perplexing piece in the patchwork. Take your mind back just two years ago, when imprisoned, almost tragic lead singer Scott Weiland was beating his smack habit for the umpteenth time. Who would have imagined then that the band once labeled a cheap copycat would emerge as the only act other than Pearl Jam to survive the grunge revolution of the '90s? And with a platinum catalog of hits to boot?

Yet a steady STP is about as reliable as a Firestone tire; you never know when the next blowout will come.

Even now, as the group's second act blossoms into grudging critical respect and headlining arena outings (including the Family Values Tour, which stops Saturday at the Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim), it's hard not to wonder when the next misstep will come.

In essence, they already have lived several episodes of "Behind the Music." What comes next?

Only Weiland knows. So we come asking. He's almost three hours late for our interview - and we talk for all of 20 minutes, so no time to reminisce about drug busts, particularly when the guy's amped about the future.

At least he comes on the line with a doctor's note.

"I had to see my podiatrist. I move around so maniacally on stage now that I end up getting dancer's feet. Lots of ingrown toenails. The doctor has to shave down my feet and scalpel away at my toes on an almost nightly basis."

Orange County Register: There's a flamboyance to that intensity that has emerged since this comeback began.

Scott Weiland: Yeah, but I think how it came about is just the process of discovering yourself as an artist. There are two sides to being a musical artist. There's the creative side that writes and records, but on stage what I do ... I look at it as performance art. That's how I stay in it emotionally. That's how I feel challenged.

OCR: Is your persona any sort of tribute to your heroes?

SW: In a way, yeah. It's about redefining who I am, but I've taken bits and pieces from everybody I love and admire - James Brown, early Mick Jagger, Iggy Pop. I grew up on people who were all about visually overloading the senses, whether it's Bowie or Freddie Mercury or the New York Dolls - all the way up to Jane's Addiction. They were my heroes when I was in my late teens and early 20s. I was still living in Huntington Beach and I'd drive up to see them at Scream and other clubs. What they were doing was just magical to me. I saw elements of everything I loved about art-rock - that flamboyance, the sheer insanity of it all.

OCR: This new pose has led to blow-ups, though. Weenie Roast this past summer, for instance, when you got in a shouting match with someone in the crowd.

SW: Yeah, I remember that. I haven't lost my temper that many times. Just every once in a while, and I can't help it when it does. I don't go out on stage and manufacture a tirade. It just happens.

I just like to bend people's minds, especially when you get a lot of young boys pounding their fists in the air and moshing. For them to be doing that while I'm in drag or wearing a dress ... it's an important part of rock 'n' roll. It might seem silly, but it can inspire young people to open their minds to different ideas, to possibly become more accepting. Besides, that's what attracted me to it. I loved when a band just exploded live and wore makeup at the same time.

OCR: But the Family Values Tour - it doesn't seem like you fit in with that crowd anymore.

SW: We don't. But we intentionally wanted to play in front of a younger audience. During the two years when we took, um, a sabbatical from each other (laughs), we missed out on the younger generation. Our real fans, they aren't these teen-age kids.There are girls in the audience now. Our female fan base has grown like crazy, partly because we're not afraid to show emotions, write something like "Sour Girl." There's nothing wrong with a broken-hearted love song. And now there are older people coming because they see something in us that reminds them of what excited them about rock when they were younger.

OCR: What sort of show would you prefer to play?

SW: What we really want to do - our next American tour plan - is to scale down and play theaters and large clubs. There are songs we don't get the opportunity to play: "Wet My Bed," "Pretty Penny," "And So I Know," "Lady Picture Show." We really want to rearrange them.

"An Evening With Stone Temple Pilots," you know - that's what our fans want. But right now we're stuck with our greatest hits ... and it isn't fulfilling anymore. There are nights when it's magic, and we're always putting out 200 percent. I mean, I just injured my knee severely. I have torn cartilage and I'll need surgery when the tour is over. But I'm still out there putting out the same energy.

OCR: Do you have to?

SW: Absolutely. I don't want to sell our audience short. If we don't bleed or become dehydrated or lose all bodily fluids when we're on stage, then we haven't served our fans. But we're really ready to do a calmer show, to explore the darker side of our sound.

OCR: It seems like you're being yanked in two directions - between those who want you to rock hard and those who appreciate your artier side.

SW: We've been having these discussions where we've realized we're at a crossroads. We either continue on course and pursue world domination, aim for U2 and all that, or we just get into a mode of acceptance. I think we've realized that what is really going to make us happy at the end of the day is doing what we want. How many more millions do we need to make? How many more houses until we feel like we're successful?

We're at the point where, from now on, we do what we want. If we want to do a concept album, we're doing it. If we want to do an album of Brazilian jazz, then we're doing it. If we decide we want a straight-ahead punk album, then that's what we'll make.

OCR: That kind of freedom can be dangerous. You can lose your audience if you aren't careful.

SW: But we have to make ourselves happy first. Look, we get paid really well, so here's my word in print: The day we ever sacrifice ourselves for success and have someone like Diane Warren writing songs just to keep us in the Top 10, that's when I will hang myself.

OCR: At that Weenie Roast show, you paused to make a statement: "Marriage, family and babies - that's what it's really all about. You may not believe it now, but you will someday." Something you've been saying regularly?

SW: No, that's the only time I said that.

OCR: Why then?

SW: It's just something that I realized. My wife is the key. She's helped me learn about myself, helped me on my own personal journey. She's helped me realize I don't have to have Madonna success. We have an apartment in Hollywood and a house on Coronado Island - that's plenty. I don't need a house on an island next to Lenny Kravitz.

OCR: Did you think you did?

SW: Yeah, when I was younger. A lot of it was to prove people wrong, people who never thought I would amount to anything. But I don't need to prove anything anymore. I don't worry about it now.

OCR: It sounds like "Shangri-La- Dee-Da" is transitional, caught between the past and wherever it is you'll go next.

SW: Definitely, although I think the next record we want to put out will really close the door on the heavy side of who we are, on that total abrasion. Just a short, sweet 10-song album, with no ballads, and a strict rule that everyone gets only one overdub. That's it. Just rehearse an album and record it live - the opposite of how we made this one. Then we'll move on and explore.

OCR: So this is solid? You feel like you can express who you are within the framework of STP now?

SW: I think I can. At least 90 percent of what I do. I might still have songs I will put on another solo album. Who knows? But right now it's fulfilling for the first time in years.

Article by Ben Wenier for Orange County Register

Weiland To Undergo Knee Surgery
November 10, 2001

Stone Temple Pilots singer Scott Weiland is going under the knife to repair a bum knee after the band finishes its current string of live dates, according to the band's website, stonetemplepilots.com.

The band ends its run on the Family Values Tour November 17 in Tacoma, Washington, and then will play two shows in Las Vegas November 19 and 20 before Weiland has surgery. The singer hopes to be back in action for Stone Temple Pilots' New Year's Eve show at Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

In other STP news, Weiland has recorded a version of Depeche Mode's "But Not Tonight" for the soundtrack of Not Another Teen Movie. The album, which is due December 4, also features Marilyn Manson, Saliva, and Mest.

Article by Darren Davis for Launch

Stone Temple Pilots Not On Silver Lake Benefit
November 7, 2001

According to a spokesperson for the upcoming Silver Lining Silver Lake Benefit in Los Angeles, Stone Temple Pilots will not play the third day of the three-day benefit. The band had been in talks to play December 15, but was not officially signed on, contrary to a previous report.

The event begins December 13 with Elton John and Sting headlining at the Paramour Estate in Silver Lake. The following day, December 14, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Aimee Mann headline at the same venue.

Tickets for the first two days of the Silver Lining Silver Lake benefit went on sale Saturday (November 3), and ticket prices range from $250 to $1,000. All funds will benefit the Hollywood Sunset Free Clinic.

There was no word on the artists or on-sale date for the third show (December 15), which is scheduled for the Palladium.

Article by Darren Davis for Launch

Black Again (Acoustic) MP3 is Up!
November 6, 2001

These MP3s are from the Y100 Acoustic Sonic Session that STP performed on October 22, 2001.

Click here to download 'Black Again'
Click 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.

'Teen Movie' Soundtrack Sends Manson, Weiland, Saliva Back To The '80s
November 5, 2001

Marilyn Manson aren't the only modern rockers revisiting '80s hits for the soundtrack to "Not Another Teen Movie," which comes out December 4.

In addition to monsieur Manson's creepy version of "Tainted Love," which was a top 10 hit for Soft Cell in 1982, the disc will feature Goldfinger covering Nena's "99 Red Balloons," Saliva tackling the Pretenders' "Message of Love," Mest covering Modern English's "I Melt With You," Muse reworking the Smiths' "Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want," Good Charlotte playing Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark's "If You Leave" and Phantom Planet covering Jackson Browne's "Somebody's Baby."

Both Depeche Mode and New Order receive double-exposure on the disc. Depeche Mode's "But Not Tonight" is covered by Stone Temple Pilots vocalist Scott Weiland and "Never Let Me Down Again" is played by the Smashing Pumpkins. New Order's "Bizarre Love Triangle" is reworked by Stabbing Westward, and Orgy's career-breaking version of "Blue Monday" is included as well.

"Not Another Teen Movie" was directed by Joel Gallen and stars Jaime Pressly, Chyler Leigh and Eric Jungmann.

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STP Interview
November 3, 2001

On Tuesday, October 30, Matt from the official site had the chance to ask Scott Weiland and Robert DeLeo some questions that fans have been asking. This interview was held in Ovens Auditorium, which is located in Charlotte, NC.

Matt: Once the Family Values Tour comes to an end, what are your plans as far as touring goes?

Scott: Well, were gonna be put in a hyperbolic chamber and put to sleep for another twenty years until possibly, to the point where good music is in fashion again. No, seriously I'm going to have my knee operated on and then were gonna be doing a New Years show in Florida, at Disney World in Orlando.

Robert: Yeah in Disney World. With this tour we are playing to about thirty percent of our fans and I think the other seventy- percent would like to see us in places that aren't very different from this. We're really looking forward to doing these smaller venues and reaching our real fans as opposed to being out on such a big tour.

Matt: A lot of people have been wondering why you play only one new song live and you stick with your "Greatest Hits".

Scott: As a band, as pertaining to "live", (our ideal) is to be able and go play in front of 100 percent STP fans. What we envision in that show is an audio and visual assault, and not just on the aggressive level. On this tour we are having to rely on basically our greatest hits collection, and not even all of those.

We've been touring now for nine years and there are songs that we've played occasionally and there are songs that we haven't even played ever that we would like to play. Most of our fans have been fans for a long time, we've picked up new ones up along the way. The people who are really into Stone Temple Pilots, are into us because they know our diversity and realize the vast range of influences that we have as musical people and that's really what we want to do. We want to be able to go and play everything. We want to be able to go and play "Kitchenware and Candybars", "Church on Tuesday", "And So I Know", "Still Remains". To be able to play "Wonderful", ya know, everything, even if it's a live version of "Wet my Bed", ya know, whatever. Maybe even new stuff that we write along the way. Maybe a few covers that people of the age demographic that were playing now wouldn't even be aware of. That's what we want to do, that's what were gonna do.

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