Stone Temple Pilots' beginnings can be traced to a 1987 Black Flag concert in Long Beach, California where Scott Weiland met Robert DeLeo. The two hit it off quickly and formed a band called Mighty Joe Young. It combined Weiland's punk rock inclinations and DeLeo's hard rock aspirations. Seeing the band's potential, drummer Eric Kretz joined the band. Soon after, Robert DeLeo's brother, Dean DeLeo, decided to play guitar in the band, completing the quartet. During the recording, they received a call from their lawyer who informed them that there was a blues man who had already claimed the name Mighty Joe Young. They liked the initials STP (from the STP Motor Oil Company logo) and eventually settled on the name Stereo Temple Pilots in 1990.
STP's five albums have sold over 17 million copies in the United States alone. The band had fifteen top ten singles on the Billboard rock charts, including six # 1's, and one # 1 album on the pop charts (1994's Purple). STP won the 1994 Grammy for the "Best Hard Rock Performance with Vocal" for their song "Plush.” In addition to their original material, they have also covered songs by Led Zeppelin, The Doors, and The Beatles. These bands were cited by the band as some of its influences.
In 2003, the band released the greatest hits compilation Thank You. Around this time, band members began going their separate ways and forming new bands.Credit:
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By Scott Weiland, Robert De Leo, Dean De Leo and Eric Kretz
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