STONE TEMPLE PILOTS - Purple

Purple is the second studio album by American rock band Stone Temple Pilots, released June 7, 1994 on Atlantic Records. The album, building off the foundations laid by the band's debut album Core, was a huge success for the band, debuting at #1 on the Billboard 200
chart and remaining there for three weeks, eventually selling over six
million copies. It spawned a number of successful singles — "Vasoline" and "Interstate Love Song" both topped the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart and hit number 2 on the Modern Rock Tracks chart, while "Big Empty" also cracked the top ten on both charts. Lesser known album cuts "Pretty Penny" and "Unglued" were also released as promotional radio singles.

Stone Temple Pilots (often abbreviated as STP) is an American rock band from San Diego, California, that originally consisted of Scott Weiland (lead vocals), brothers Dean (guitar) and Robert DeLeo (bass, backing vocals), and Eric Kretz
(drums). Since the band's formation in 1989, its line-up remained
unchanged until the dismissal of Weiland in 2013, who was replaced by Linkin Park vocalist Chester Bennington.[5] In 2015, Bennington left the band to focus solely on Linkin Park.[6][7] On December 3, 2015, Weiland was found dead on his tour bus prior to a performance with his band The Wildabouts.

After forming in 1989 under the name Mighty Joe Young, the band signed with Atlantic Records and changed its name to Stone Temple Pilots. The band found immediate success in 1993 upon releasing their debut album, Core (1992), and went on to become one of the most commercially successful bands of the 1990s.[8] The band released four more studio albums: Purple (1994), Tiny Music... Songs from the Vatican Gift Shop (1996), No. 4 (1999) and Shangri-La Dee Da (2001), before separating in 2002, after which the band members partook in various projects (most notably Velvet Revolver and Army of Anyone). The band eventually reconvened in 2008 for a reunion tour, released a new self-titled album
in 2010, and have been actively touring since, even after Weiland was
fired from the band. The band's only material with Bennington was the EP
High Rise in 2013.[9]

While initially displaying a sound typically identified as grunge early on in its career, further releases from the band expressed a variety of influences, including psychedelic rock, bossa nova and classic rock.
The band's evolution throughout the 1990s and early 2000s involved
several tumultuous periods of commercial highs and lows, brought about
in part by Weiland's well-publicized struggles with drug addiction.


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