I had the great privilege of speaking with lead guitarist Dean Deleo and drummer Eric Ketz of one of the greatest bands of the 90's who's music, after 25 years, has proven to be timeless...Stone Temple Pilots.
True the band was never the same after Scott Weiland found his way to a life battling an addiction to heroin etc which was eventually his end, but not true that STP is anything but irrelevant.
Stone Temple Pilots burst onto the legendary grunge scene with their debut album, 1992’s Core, just one year after Nirvana's now iconic Nevermind and at the same time Pearl Jam's Ten did. I mean guitar driven rock music was absolutely on FIRE! Oh am I happy I can say I lived to see, hear and feel that musical era first hand.
September 2017 marked the 25th anniversary of the release of STP's beloved debut and the band has celebrated by releasing a remastered deluxe reissue of Core. Now, as you can imagine this isn't just a remaster of the same songs, oh no. The Core Super Deluxe Edition includes four CDs with the newly remastered original album, as well as more than two hours of unreleased demos and live performances including the band’s performance on MTV Unplugged. The set also includes a vinyl of the original album and a DVD with videos for the album’s four singles. Finally it's all wrapped up perfectly in a detailed, 12 x 12 hardcover book with rare and unseen photographs.
Whew! Breathe Amy
Furthermore, with announcement of the addition of their new lead singer, Jeff Gutt, and a new song just released called "Meadow" which I must admit is really really good, they are also starting up a new run of live shows (Rock On The Range in Ohio in May). And by the sound of their incredible reaction to me after telling them that Boston loves STP in this interview I recently did (audio below)...me thinks they'll be here in our fair city sooner than later.
Check out my 5 mins with the remaining members of one of my all time favorite bands:
And thanks for listening...