What Robert DeLeo Thinks of Stone Temple Pilots’ ‘Grunge’ Tag

Stone Temple Pilots bassist Robert DeLeo recently discussed the “grunge” tag and how it applied to his popular alternative rock band as they made hit music throughout the ’90s.

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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“I don’t think the four of us ever put any kind of name on what kind of music we were making,” DeLeo tells San Francisco’s 107.7 The Bone, as Blabbermouth reported.

“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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