The Stone Temple Pilots are the result of a chance meeting between Scott Weiland (27 October 1967, Santa Cruz, California, USA; vocals) and Robert DeLeo (b. 2 February 1966, New Jersey, USA; bass) at one of Black Flags final shows in Los Angeles. After discovering that they both went out with the same girl, a songwriting partnership led to the formation of a full band, originally known as Mighty Joe Young, and later renamed Stone Temple Pilots, with Eric Kretz (b. 7 June 1966, Santa Cruz, California, USA; drums) and DeLeos brother Dean (b. 23 August 1961, New Jersey, USA; guitar) joining the duo. Moving away from the Guns NRoses -crazed Los Angeles scene of the time to San Diego, the band were able to play club shows and develop hard rock material given an alternative edge by their varied influences. Although the sound of the band brought many others to mind, from Led Zeppelin to Seattle bands such as Pearl Jam and Alice In Chains, and...
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