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Stone Temple Pilots Biography

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Birth Place: San Diego, California
Years Active: 1986–2003, 2008–present
Genres: Alternative Rock, Hard Rock, Grunge, Post-grunge

Stone Temple Pilots, often abbreviated to STP, is an American rock band that consists of Scott Weiland (lead vocals), brothers Robert DeLeo (bass guitar, vocals) and Dean DeLeo (guitar), and Eric Kretz (drums, percussion).

The band found immediate success with the release of their debut album ''Core'' in 1992, which is certified 8× platinum by the RIAA. The album peaked at #3 in the Billboard Charts and producing hits including "Sex Type Thing," "Plush," and "Creep." The band won a Grammy for "Best Hard Rock Performance" for the song "Plush."

“Purple” debuted at number one in the United States upon its release on June 7, 1994. The radio-friendly "Interstate Love Song" quickly became a big hit, spending a record-setting fifteen weeks atop the album rock tracks chart. Other hits from the album included "Vasoline" and "Big Empty." By October 1994, just four months after its release, “Purple” had sold three million copies.

After a brief hiatus in 1995, Stone Temple Pilots released their third album, “Tiny Music... Songs from the Vatican Gift Shop,” on March 5, 1996. Fans again showed their support of the band when the album debuted at number four on the U.S. charts. The album had three singles reach #1 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, including "Big Bang Baby", "Lady Picture Show", and "Trippin' on a Hole in a Paper Heart." The album has been certified 2× platinum.

The band released “No. 4” in 1999. STP scored one of its biggest hits since the success of “Core” and “Purple” with the single "Sour Girl". The single peaked at number 78 on the Billboard Hot 100. The album went on to become certified Platinum by the RIAA.

During the summer of 2001, the band released their fifth album, “Shangri-La Dee Da,” which produced two modest rock radio hits: "Days of the Week" and "Hollywood Bitch".

Weiland's continual drug offenses caused multiple concert cancellations and band separations. These setbacks resulted in the creation of various alternate bands by each of the band members (The Magnificent Bastards, Talk Show, Army of Anyone, Velvet Revolver) and two solo albums by Weiland. Kretz would go on to launch Bomb Shelter Studios in Los Angeles. The band's separation in 2003 lasted five years. Stone Temple Pilots reunited in April 2008. Recording for the band's sixth studio album began in mid-2009. The album “Stone Temple Pilots” was released on May 25, 2010, debuting at #2 on the Billboard 200.

STP is one of the most commercially successful rock bands of the 1990s, selling nearly 40 million records worldwide, including 17.5 million units in the United States. The band has had 16 top ten singles on the Billboard rock charts, seven of which peaked at #1, and one #1 album for ''Purple'' in 1994.