Stone Temple Pilots, frequently abbreviated to STP, is an American rock band from San Diego, California that consists of Scott Weiland (lead vocals), brothers Robert DeLeo (bass guitar, vocals) and Dean DeLeo (guitar), and Eric Kretz (drums, percussion). The band’s early hard rock, grunge-reminiscent style of material found them immediate success in 1992 with the release of their debut record Core. Further releases from the ensemble have shown a variety of influences, and as such the ensemble is considered to transcend the genre barrier.
Core, certified 8× platinum by the RIAA, drove the ensemble to popularity. STP went on to become one of the most commercially successful rock bands of the 1990s, selling nearly 40 million records worldwide, which included 17.5 million units in the United States, before their dissolution in 2003. The group has had 16 top ten singles on the Billboard rock charts, eight of which peaked at #1, and one #1 record for Purple in 1994. That same year, the ensemble won a Grammy for “Best Hard Rock Performance” for the song “Plush” from the album Core. Stone Temple Pilots were also ranked #40 on VH1’s The 100 Greatest artists of Hard Rock.
After Weiland’s five-year stint as the frontman of Velvet Revolver and the DeLeo brothers’ involvement with the Army of Anyone project, Stone Temple Pilots reunited in 2008 with a successful 75-date tour and the band’s sixth studio record Stone Temple Pilots was put forth in 2010.