Stone Temple Pilots’ Robert DeLeo: “It’s important for any musician to listen to as many kinds of music as you can”

Robert DeLeo
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During the first half of the '90s, it seemed like every month, a now-classic alt-rock or metal album was released. And Stone Temple Pilots offered not one, not two, but three deserving entries (that walked the line between both aforementioned genres) – 1992’s Core, 1994’s Purple, and 1996’s Tiny Music...Songs from the Vatican Gift Shop.

And to mark 25 years since its release, Tiny Music has received the box set treatment – loaded with goodies (including outtakes and a previously unreleased live show from the era) and featuring the late/great Scott Weiland on vocals. 

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Greg Prato

Greg is a contributing writer at Guitar World. He has written for other outlets over the years, and has been lucky to interview some of his favorite all-time guitarists and bassists: Tony Iommi, Ace Frehley, Adrian Belew, Andy Summers, East Bay Ray, Billy Corgan, Alex Lifeson, Geddy Lee, Les Claypool, and Mike Watt, among others (and even took lessons from John Petrucci back in the summer of ’91!). He is the author of such books as Grunge Is Dead: The Oral History of Seattle Rock Music, Shredders: The Oral History of Speed Guitar (And More) and Touched by Magic: The Tommy Bolin Story.