July 29, 2008

Reunited STONE TEMPLE PILOTS Take Another Swing at It

By Chris Hansen Orf, The Tribune, Mesa, Ariz.

Jul. 29--There have been plenty of rock 'n' roll drug casualties among '90s alternative rockers -- from Nirvana's Kurt Cobain, who struggled with heroin before his 1994 suicide, to Blind Melon's Shannon Hoon (cocaine) and Alice In Chains singer Layne Staley (heroin). Stone Temple Pilots singer Scott Weiland was nearly among them.

Beginning in 1994, when Stone Temple Pilots were at the height of their alt-rock popularity after scoring two hit albums in "Core" (1992) and "Purple" (1994), Weiland became addicted to heroin and was busted in 1995 for buying crack. With the singer strung out, STP took a break after canceling a tour in support of their third disc, "Tiny Music ... Songs From the Vatican Gift Shop" (1996).

Weiland spent some time in the hoosegow before, clean and sober, rejoining Stone Temple Pilots in 1999 for their fourth disc, "No. 4," but after a dust-up with STP guitarist Dean DeLeo after a gig in 2001, the band split up.

Weiland was busted again in 2003 for a DUI right as he was joining forces with former Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash to form a new band, which was later to be called Velvet Revolver. The band recorded two albums that were inferior to Weiland's work with STP and Weiland left Velvet Revolver earlier this year to again join forces with his former band mates in STP (DeLeo, his brother Robert on bass and drummer Eric Kretz).

With a backlog of debauched rock 'n' roll incidents (hopefully) behind him, Weiland announced that he is writing an autobiography and, in addition to the Stone Temple Pilots tour that will bring the band to the Valley tonight, the band will begin work on their fifth album once the tour ends.


See music writer Chris Hansen Orf's review and photos from the concert online after the show.

In concert

Who: Stone Temple Pilots, with Frank Black When: 8 p.m. today Where: Dodge Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix Cost: $41-$87 Information: (602) 379-2888 or livenation.com


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