Stone Temple Pilots Member Remembers ‘Antagonistic’ Scott Weiland

A year after the death of their mythic frontman Scott Weiland, Stone Temple Pilots are on the verge of announcing their third lead vocalist as they prepare an album of new material. 2017 is also the 25th anniversary of their debut album, Core, released in 1992 to near instant success.

Speaking to Music Aficionado, guitarist Dean Deleo recounted the early days of STP during their rise to success. On the subject of controversy over their first single, “Sex Type Thing”, Deleo says that ┬áNo, it didn’t surprise me. I knew Scott; he just loved that sort of thing. He loved kind of turning people on their heads. He was very antagonistic. His whole thing was like, “If people don’t get it, too bad. We know what it is.”

Dean also remembers the exact moment he truly realized the band had made it: “We just talked about this gig two days ago as being a turning point. We appeared from behind the curtain out front, and the place was full from floor to ceiling. I will always remember the four of us looked at each other, the look in Robert, Scott and Eric’s eyes and the feeling that I had like, “Something’s really happening.” I will always remember that look, especially with Scott. I will always remember that look in his eye when we appeared from behind the curtain and we saw 20,000 people out there. We had never really done anything of that magnitude. It was pretty memorable.”

STP played Bethel Woods on their final tour with Scott Weiland in 2012, while bassist and brother to Dean Deleo, Robert Deleo, performed at Daryl’s House in Pawling last year with his blues side project, Delta Deep, alongside Def Leppard’s Phil Collen.