|Stone Temple Pilots might have seemed like an overnight success to some, but the fact is they'd been slogging it out in Southern California clubs for several years before they "made it." Scott Weiland (born in Santa Cruz, CA, but raised in Ohio and Southern California), Robert De Leo (from New Jersey), and Eric Kretz (also from Santa Cruz) have been playing together for nearly ten years, but the band didn't really become the band until Robert convinced his brother Dean De Leo to move out to California and join up. "I think we all know we have something very special between us. There is a lot of love there, and we still appreciate making music together, and that outweighs all the negative s--t and gives us a reason to work through our personal problems," says Scott.Stone Temple Pilots signed with Atlantic on April Fools' Day, 1992. Corewas released in September of 1992 and includes such radio/video chestnuts as "Sex Type Thing," "Plush" and "Wicked Garden." Purple, the band's second album, was recorded in three weeks during March of 1994, and released that June. It entered the national album chart at #1 (where it remained for three consecutive weeks) and stayed on the charts for a really long time.In the first two-and-a-half years of their success, Stone Temple Pilots played with an almost surreal variety of artists: Neil Young, Jawbox, the Rolling Stones, Firehose, Megadeth, the Flaming Lips, Basehead, the Meat Puppets, and the Butthole Surfers all either headlined or opened shows with STP. The group's third album, Tiny Music...Songs From The Vatican Gift Shop made its debut in 1996, and their fourth album, appropriately titled No. 4, appeared in 1999.Shangri-La De Da, the fifth and finest album from STP finds the California quartet continuing to carve out their own unique musical terrain, blending diamond-hard riffs, psychedelic experimentation, punk energy, and Beatlesque melodies into their most stunningly inspired artistic realization to date.