Stone Temple Pilots is a hard rock and grunge/metal band from San Diego, California. Led originally by Scott Weiland the band skyrocketed to stardom in the early 1990’s with the release of their seminal album Core. The band released five more albums under the vocal leadership of Weiland, but drug addiction and substance abuse kept them from regularly releasing albums consistently. Albeit, infighting between the DeLeo brothers and Weiland also derailed the band often.
A dispute with Atlantic Records shelved their last effort with Scott Weiland for a few years, eventually releasing the album the self-titled work Stone Temple Pilots in 2010. After Weiland’s death in 2015 from a drug overdose the band recruited other singers, including their current singer Jeff Gutt. Chester Bennington also fronted STP for a few years before his death in 2017. They have released two more albums since Weiland’s death.
The band chose their name because they loved the initials STP. The group has played and performed continuously since their inception, only breaking from 2004 to 2008 during a hiatus. Much of the band’s friction came from Scott Weiland’s substance abuse and fighting with Dean and Robert DeLeo, the band’s guitar and bassist, respectively.
- Core (Released in 1992)
- Purple (Released in 1994)
- Tiny Music… Songs from the Vatican Gift Shop (Released in 1996)
- No. 4 (Released in 1999)
- Shangri-La Dee Da (Released in 2001)
- Stone Temple Pilots (Released in 2010)
- Stone Temple Pilots (Released in 2018)
- Perdida (Released in 2020)
Band Members (Past & Present)
- Scott Weiland (Lead Singer/Deceased)
- Chester Bennington (Lead Singer/Deceased)
- Jeff Gutt (Lead Singer)
- Dean DeLeo (Lead Guitar)
- Robert DeLeo (Bassist)
- Eric Kretz (Drummer)