Stone Temple Pilots was formed in San Diego, California, and consists of brothers Robert DeLeo (bass), Dean DeLeo (guitar), Eric Kretz (drums, percussion), and formerly Scott Weiland (lead vocals). Since the band’s formation in 1985, its line-up remained unchanged until the dismissal of Scott Weiland in 2013, who was replaced by Linkin Park vocalist Chester Bennington. After forming under the name Mighty Joe Young, the band signed with Atlantic Records and changed its name to Stone Temple Pilots. The band found immediate success in 1993 upon releasing their debut album, Core, and went on to become one of the most commercially successful bands of the 1990s. The band released four more studio albums: Purple (1994), Tiny Music… Songs from the Vatican Gift Shop (1996), No. 4 (1999), and Shangri-La Dee Da (2001), before separating in 2002. The band eventually reconvened in 2008 for a reunion tour, released a new self-titled album in 2010, and have been actively touring since, even after Weiland was fired from the band. While initially displaying a sound typically identified as grunge early on in its career, further releases from the band expressed a variety of influences, including psychedelic rock, bossa nova and classic rock. The band’s evolution throughout the 1990s and early 2000s involved several tumultuous periods of commercial highs and lows, brought about in part by Weiland’s well-publicized struggles with drug addiction. Scott died at the age of 48 on December 3, 2015.
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