STP documentary in the works

Stone Temple Pilots are a band that have had a compelling history with a story to tell, and Showtime obviously feels the same way – a documentary on STP is in the works.

Kent Sevener, Showtime executive VP of content acquisition & business & legal affairs, was interviewed by Broadcasting & Cable, confirming the STP documentary. The cable channel has made itself the destination for music-based stories, and Sevener said, “In a perfect world, I’d like to have one every month, and as far as doing a documentary on STP, not a lot has been done about the band.”

Just the revolving chairs of lead vocalists and their tragedies would be enough for a STP story who are best remembered for original vocalist Scott Weiland. Weiland reunited with the group in 2010 after an eight-year hiatus but was dismissed in 2013. He died in December 2015 of a drug overdose while on a solo tour.

STP had been without a vocalist since November 2015, when Chester Bennington — who joined the group in early 2013 — departed to spend more time with his main band Linkin Park. Bennington committed suicide last July. His replacement was one-time “X Factor” contestant Jeff Gutt, who made his live debut as the new vocalist during a SiriusXM special event in November at the Troubadour nightclub in Los Angeles.

Even through all the incredibly difficult days, guitarist Dean DeLeo told Billboard that he and his bandmates were motivated to keep the band alive. “I think there’s a lot of music to be made, still, and not only that, but also playing songs that we wrote 25, 30 years ago that mean a lot to me, and I think there’s people out there who want to hear those songs, too,” he said.

Stone Temple Pilots’ new, self-titled album will be released on March 18.


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