STP didn’t disappoint on their highly anticipated follow-up, 1994’s Purple. While diversifying their sound to incorporate elements of psychedelia and introspective acoustic rock, the band continued to command an enormous fan base. Debuting at number one on the Billboard charts and holding that position for three weeks, the record went platinum six times over in America on the strength of “Vasoline” and “Interstate Love Song” (both of which hit number one on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart), and “Big Empty,” a sweeping, melancholy epic that originally appeared on the popular original soundtrack to The Crow.
It was on 1996’s infectious Tiny Music... Songs From the Vatican Gift Shop that Stone Temple Pilots embraced a fearless experimental streak that persists to this day. Blending new wave and glam explorations with a spirited Beatles influence, the band kept their multi-platinum streak alive while further expanding their audience. “Big Bang Baby,” “Lady Picture Show” and “Trippin’ on a Hole in a Paper Heart” all reached number one on the Billboard Album Rock Tracks chart, adding ammunition to STP’s already formidable live arsenal.
Three years later, the muscular No. 4 nodded to STP’s early days, delivering throwback aggression on leadoff single “Down.” Yet, the brooding ballad “Sour Girl” wound up one of the band’s biggest hits, appearing in the Billboard Hot 100 (an unprecedented crossover accomplishment) and featuring a memorable video with film star Sarah Michelle Gellar. Unpredictability continued to reign on 2001’s Shangri-La Dee Da, a fertile batch of psychedelic pop and hard rock, and—following a six-year hiatus—STP’s critically lauded self-titled comeback album in 2010, which peaked at #2 on Billboard .
After Weiland’s departure in 2013, the band enlisted Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington as frontman. The lifelong STP fan promptly injected an adrenaline rush into his favorite band, conjuring their past while fortifying their bold individuality on the five-track, self-released High Rise EP. This exciting new lineup, combining two titanic forces of modern rock, plans to build on a proud legacy, with new music and tours on the horizon.
However, by 2015 it became evident that Chester was not able to keep up the challenging pace of fronting two major bands such as Linkin Park and STP, so the band and Chester amicably parted ways and STP set about a global search to find a new vocalist.
Sadly, on December 3rd 2015, Scott Weiland passed away. Hit hard by the passing of their band mate and brother, the remaining members of STP vowed to continue on the legacy of STP and in July of 2017 released the 25th anniversary of Core, their debut album along with rarities and other fan favorites from that era.
They plan on announcing the new singer in late 2017 and will release new music as Stone Temple Pilots. The legacy will continue on.