Thursday, February 2: Tig’s Rock Birthdays
Happy Birthday today to bassist Robert DeLeo of Stone Temple Pilots. He’s 51. Other rocker birthdays include bassist Ross Valory of Journey (68) and rock and roll hall of famer Graham Nash (CSN) is 75.
Dean DeLeo is bassist and songwriter for Stone Temple Pilots. He’s the younger brother of STP guitarist Dean DeLeo. Other band’s he has been a part of include Talk Show and Army of Anyone.
Stone Temple Pilots formed in 1985 out of San Diego, California with brothers Robert DeLeo (bass) and Dean DeLeo (guitar), Eric Krets (drums), and Scott Weiland (vocals). The band found immediate success with the 1992 release Core, and went on to become one of the most commercially successful bands of the 1990’s. Four more studio albums followed: Purple (1994), Tiny Music… Songs from the Vatican Shop (1996), No. 4 (1999), and Shangri-La Dee Da (2001). The band broke up in 2002. They eventually reunited for a reunion tour in 2008 and released a new self-titled album in 2010. Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington fronted STP from 2013-2015. They released an EP of new material in 2013 called High Rise. Scott Weiland died in December of 2015 and his bandmates paid tribute to him with a video on the band’s official website. There were reports of STP naming a new frontman by the name of Jeff Gutt which we covered on the Metal Box, but no official word came down officially from the band. We are still patiently awaiting an announcement on who will front this incredible rock band into the future.