Stone Temple Pilots Return to Hard Rock Live on October 12
Stone Temple Pilots will take the stage, once again, on October 12 at 8 p.m. at Hard Rock Live at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. Tickets go on sale Friday, July 30 at noon.
Since the moment they appeared on the scene in the early 90′s, Stone Temple Pilots (STP) dominated the decade from start to finish, racking up 15 singles on the Billboard Top Ten, winning a “Best Hard Rock Performance” Grammy in 1994 for “Plush,” and having their five albums sell more than 40 million copies worldwide.
STP founders Scott Weiland and Robert DeLeo met at a Black Flag concert in Long Beach, California, discovering in the course of their conversation that the two were dating the same girl. Instead of sparking a rivalry, this common ground was the foundation of a friendship and new band – Mighty Joe Young. Drummer Eric Kretz and DeLeo’s brother, Dean, came aboard not long after. Soon, the group established themselves as a draw in San Diego and changed their name to Stone Temple Pilots during the recording of their 1992 debut album, Core.
Core was a bracing blend of grunge guitars, classic rock moves and big pop hooks. At first, the ironic swagger of “Sex Type Thing” brought them onto MTV and radio, but it was “Plush” that blew the doors wide open for the band, establishing them as multi-platinum act in 1993. A pair of subsequent singles was released — “Wicked Garden” and the spooky, acoustic “Creep” — before they delivered Purple in 1994. Purple went to # 1 in its opening week spinning off hit after hit including the majestic, cryptic “Big Empty,” taken from The Crow soundtrack and “Vasoline,” which was followed by the modern rock classic “Interstate Love Song,” that stayed on the top of Billboard’s Album Rock charts for 15 weeks, besting the record set by the Rolling Stones’ “Start Me Up.”
Not content to continue to replicate the heavy hooks of their first two albums, Stone Temple Pilots dug deep into glam and Beatleseque psychedelia on their third album, 1996′s Tiny Music…Songs from the Vatican Gift Shop, which produced hits “Big Bang Baby,” “Trippin’ on a Hole in a Paper Heart” and “Lady Picture Show.” The band then regrouped for 1999′s tough, Muscular No. 4, a hard rock album featuring “Sour Girl,” which turned into one of STP’s biggest hits. Two years later, the group released Shangri-La Dee Da, which achieved a perfect blend of their thick riffs and candy melodies, typified by the hit “Days of the Week.”
Stone Temple Pilots went their separate ways after Shangri-La Dee Da, but released Thank You in 2003. They reunited in 2008 and continue to tour most recently releasing a self-titled disc featuring the hit “Between the Lines.”
Tickets cost $100, $80, $60 & $50*; all seats are reserved and available at the Hard Rock Live Box Office, open Tuesday – Saturday from noon to 7 p.m. and on Sunday & Monday – only open on event days at noon. Tickets also are available at all Ticketmaster outlets online at www.ticketmaster.com or charge by phone: 1-800-745-3000. Doors open one-hour prior to show start time. *Additional fees may apply.
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