Robert DeLeo on the making of Stone Temple Pilots' Core

Robert DeLeo of Stone Temple Pilots during Rock for Choice 1993 at The Palladium in Hollywood, CA, United States
(Image credit: Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, Inc)

25 years ago, four ambitious San Diego twentysomethings stepped into producer Brendan O’Brien’s studio to record their debut album.

Led by Scott Weiland’s belted vocals and Robert DeLeo’s thematic songwriting and Motown-inspired bass playing, Stone Temple Pilots had no idea their hard-rocking, grunge-era sound on Core would reach #1 on the Billboard charts, go eight times platinum, and propel them to stardom parallel of such contemporaries as Nirvana, Soundgarden, and Pearl Jam.

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