In fact, when looking back on it, the rocker explained how Stone Temple Pilots “got caught up” in the furor surrounding the musical label as it became the defining rock style of that era,. The bass player’s new solo album, Lessons Learned, emerged this past October.
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“We happened to come out at a time when the people in this business were creating these terms,” the STP bassist continues. “It’s a selling point, it’s all a selling point, and we got caught up, as well as other bands, in a selling point for record companies to make money. And I think when you can obviously see that is when they start doing clothing after it.”
DeLeo adds, “It’s all pretty ridiculous. ‘Interstate Love Song,’ grunge? I don’t think so. I actually wrote that as a bossa nova song; that’s what it started out as.”
Stone Temple Pilots include DeLeo alongside his brother, guitarist Robert DeLeo, and drummer Eric Kretz. All three are original members. Current lead singer Jeff Gutt joined 2017. They released the album Perdida in 2020. See Stone Temple Pilots tour dates here.
Stone Temple Pilots’ Robert DeLeo on 107.7 The Bone – Jan. 19, 2023
Stone Temple Pilots, “Interstate Love Song” (Music Video)
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