'I saved everything': Stone Temple Pilots' reissue of Core is immense

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"I found things I didn’t think I had," Robert DeLeo tells Double J.

This Friday marks the 25th anniversary of the release of Stone Temple Pilots’ debut album Core.

 

It’s been a pretty rough few years for the band, with both original lead singer Scott Weiland and his replacement from 2013 – 2015, Chester Bennington, dying in 2015 and earlier this year respectively.

But the band is determined to celebrate this milestone, and they’re doing so with the release of a massive 48 track ‘super deluxe’ edition of Core on the aforementioned anniversary. As well as a remastered version of the album, it features a huge bunch of demos that show the earliest forms of many of the tracks from the record.

“I saved everything,” bassist Robert DeLeo tells Double J's Sam Wicks. “I have plastic tub of stuff. I saved cassettes from when I got my first cassette player probably back in 1976.

“It was interesting to go through thousands of cassettes and actually find stuff, and go through them and find things I didn’t think I had. A lot of interesting stuff that hopefully will add to the reissue of Core. I think people should hear these things.”

DeLeo says there was an instinct that kicked in very early in the band’s career that prompted him to save everything from throughout the band’s journey. .

“I kind of feel like an old soul in that way,” he says.

“I knew back then when the band was going in this direction really quickly, we were gaining momentum in popularity, I knew I should probably save a lot of things because I’m going to look back at that one day and think ‘Wow, what a ride’.

“And definitely with children now, my two sons are going to have a lot of things to look at from my career and say, ‘Man, that was a long twisting and turning road that my dad went through’.”

I think there’s too much STP music to be made still.

Robert DeLeo — Double J

Stone Temple Pilots aren’t just looking back, though. DeLeo confirms that there are plans for the future, with a bunch of songs ready to go.

“We’re trying to get these songs together, write more songs. We’re continuing to write right now to try to find the right person to do this. I don’t think it’s an overnight thing. It’s going to take some time to really see who that person is.

“I don’t know if right is the word, but to see who is capable of doing this. I think there’s too much STP music to be made still. If [guitarist and Robert’s brother Dean DeLeo] and I didn’t feel that, we wouldn’t be trying to do something. We’re working on that.”

DeLeo isn’t ready to compare the songs he and his brother have written to any specific era of Stone Temple Pilots, because they have come from different eras of the band’s time together.

“Some of these ideas that we’ve been tossing around and trying to work on, I think that Dean and I have had decades ago,” he says. “And there’s some new stuff.

“If it’s a good song it’ll stand the test of time. So, if something is musically valid from that time, we’ll try and turn it into something in the future.”

The super deluxe version of Core is out on Friday 29 September

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