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Stone Temple Christmas Video?! The Complete Weiland Story

Yes, that's Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland in his new video for "Winter Wonderland," from his long-delayed Christmas full-length (originally due in 2010) The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year.

The release (from former bootleg label Rhino Records) features Xmas standards in a variety of styles, including big band swing, orchestrated ballads, reggae, bossa nova, and more.

Nostalgia seems the theme of the clip, which opens with an old record player (remember those? No? Well, ask your parents). Looking more math teacher than bad-boy rock star, Weiland is seen...well, you should just check it out yourself:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EojN6r2VSR4

Image Stone Temple Pilots came together when Weiland met New Jersey-born bass player Robert DeLeo at a 1986 Black Flag concert in Long Beach. The two Point Loma residents found they were dating the same woman but, rather than fight, they decided to form a band and ended up living together in the woman’s San Diego apartment after she moved to Texas.

DeLeo’s brother Dean joined on guitar and Eric Kretz (who was born in Santa Cruz — as was Weiland — but was also living in San Diego at the time) became their drummer.

In their San Diego days (from 1987 through 1990, when they moved to Los Angeles), they called themselves Mighty Joe Young. Bandmembers have claimed the STP motor oil logo inspired them to change their name to Stone Temple Pilots, because they could get STP stickers for free at gas stations and use them as promotional giveaways (rumors that the STP motor company filed a lawsuit over the band’s initials appear to be unfounded).

After being signed to Atlantic Records in 1992, their first album, Core, brought fame, fortune and, in the case of drummer Eric Kretz, an acrimonious and expensive divorce.

In a 1994 Rolling Stone poll, STP was voted Worst New Band by critics, and Best New Band by readers. The same year, STP’s song “Plush” won a “Best Hard Rock Performance” Grammy. All five of the band’s studio albums have earned either gold or platinum certification. Weiland’s 1996 arrest for possession of heroin and cocaine derailed the band for awhile. During a band hiatus from 1997 to 1999, Weiland released a solo album and the others formed a temporary band, Talk Show.

The band split in 2003, with Dean and Robert DeLeo forming Army of Anyone with Filter singer Richard Patrick and drummer Ray Luzier (who went on to join Korn). STP drummer Eric Kretz founded his own Bomb Shelter studio and worked as music supervisor of the Henry Rollins Show.

Weiland joined Velvet Revolver, which also featured former members of Guns N’ Roses. For awhile, anyway.

After Velvet Revolver canceled their sold-out February 2008 show at downtown’s House of Blues, the band released this statement: “Following Velvet Revolver’s performance [February 6] in Los Angeles, lead singer Scott Weiland voluntarily entered a rehab facility. Tonight’s scheduled performance at San Diego has been postponed.”

VR canceled a planned Australia tour as well. Shortly after resuming their tour schedule, Weiland announced onstage that Velvet Revolver was through. The band rebutted that they would stay together, with a new lead singer.

After coming across the DeLeo brothers at a 2007 beach party, Weiland began talking to them about an STP reunion. The result was a 2008 reunion tour and a 2010 self-titled album produced with help from Don Was. The album came out on Atlantic Records, despite the fact that the label had sued over breach-of-contract issues, when the band first announced its plans to reunite and record withOUT Atlantic. Released in May, 2010, it debuted at number two on the Billboard album charts.

Weiland released a holiday single in 2009, “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.” Later in 2010, he announced a solo Christmas album is in the works, but it ended up being shelved until late 2011.

His autobiography Not Dead & Not For Sale was released on May 17, 2011, via the Simon & Schuster imprint Scribner.

On joining Velver Revolver, he says in the book “They put some songs on a CD and my wife said ‘They think you’ll like what they’re doing.’ I didn’t. It sounded like Bad Company, and I never liked Bad Company. A week or so later, another CD arrived with songs custom-designed for me. The tunes had STP written all over them.”

In summer 2011, audiences were booing his solo shows again. The Wall Street Journal declared his Gramercy Theatre show a disaster, with Weiland hitting the stage 90 minutes later than scheduled, to a “vocally unpleasant” crowd. Around the same time, he told Classic RockMagazine that a reunion with Velvet Revolver was a possibility. “We patched things up and we get along. I see them every now and again, we text each other and, you know, we can never say never. Who knows, maybe we’ll do some shows some time.”

His late summer 2011 digital-only release A Compilation of Scott Weiland Cover Songs covers songs by the Rolling Stones (“Dead Flowers”), Radiohead (“Let Down”), David Bowie (“Fame” and “The Jean Genie”), the Smiths (“Reel Around the Fountain”), the New York Dolls (“Personality Crisis”), the Beatles, Nirvana, Flaming Lips, and others.

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Yes, that's Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland in his new video for "Winter Wonderland," from his long-delayed Christmas full-length (originally due in 2010) The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year.

The release (from former bootleg label Rhino Records) features Xmas standards in a variety of styles, including big band swing, orchestrated ballads, reggae, bossa nova, and more.

Nostalgia seems the theme of the clip, which opens with an old record player (remember those? No? Well, ask your parents). Looking more math teacher than bad-boy rock star, Weiland is seen...well, you should just check it out yourself:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EojN6r2VSR4

Image Stone Temple Pilots came together when Weiland met New Jersey-born bass player Robert DeLeo at a 1986 Black Flag concert in Long Beach. The two Point Loma residents found they were dating the same woman but, rather than fight, they decided to form a band and ended up living together in the woman’s San Diego apartment after she moved to Texas.

DeLeo’s brother Dean joined on guitar and Eric Kretz (who was born in Santa Cruz — as was Weiland — but was also living in San Diego at the time) became their drummer.

In their San Diego days (from 1987 through 1990, when they moved to Los Angeles), they called themselves Mighty Joe Young. Bandmembers have claimed the STP motor oil logo inspired them to change their name to Stone Temple Pilots, because they could get STP stickers for free at gas stations and use them as promotional giveaways (rumors that the STP motor company filed a lawsuit over the band’s initials appear to be unfounded).

After being signed to Atlantic Records in 1992, their first album, Core, brought fame, fortune and, in the case of drummer Eric Kretz, an acrimonious and expensive divorce.

In a 1994 Rolling Stone poll, STP was voted Worst New Band by critics, and Best New Band by readers. The same year, STP’s song “Plush” won a “Best Hard Rock Performance” Grammy. All five of the band’s studio albums have earned either gold or platinum certification. Weiland’s 1996 arrest for possession of heroin and cocaine derailed the band for awhile. During a band hiatus from 1997 to 1999, Weiland released a solo album and the others formed a temporary band, Talk Show.

The band split in 2003, with Dean and Robert DeLeo forming Army of Anyone with Filter singer Richard Patrick and drummer Ray Luzier (who went on to join Korn). STP drummer Eric Kretz founded his own Bomb Shelter studio and worked as music supervisor of the Henry Rollins Show.

Weiland joined Velvet Revolver, which also featured former members of Guns N’ Roses. For awhile, anyway.

After Velvet Revolver canceled their sold-out February 2008 show at downtown’s House of Blues, the band released this statement: “Following Velvet Revolver’s performance [February 6] in Los Angeles, lead singer Scott Weiland voluntarily entered a rehab facility. Tonight’s scheduled performance at San Diego has been postponed.”

VR canceled a planned Australia tour as well. Shortly after resuming their tour schedule, Weiland announced onstage that Velvet Revolver was through. The band rebutted that they would stay together, with a new lead singer.

After coming across the DeLeo brothers at a 2007 beach party, Weiland began talking to them about an STP reunion. The result was a 2008 reunion tour and a 2010 self-titled album produced with help from Don Was. The album came out on Atlantic Records, despite the fact that the label had sued over breach-of-contract issues, when the band first announced its plans to reunite and record withOUT Atlantic. Released in May, 2010, it debuted at number two on the Billboard album charts.

Weiland released a holiday single in 2009, “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.” Later in 2010, he announced a solo Christmas album is in the works, but it ended up being shelved until late 2011.

His autobiography Not Dead & Not For Sale was released on May 17, 2011, via the Simon & Schuster imprint Scribner.

On joining Velver Revolver, he says in the book “They put some songs on a CD and my wife said ‘They think you’ll like what they’re doing.’ I didn’t. It sounded like Bad Company, and I never liked Bad Company. A week or so later, another CD arrived with songs custom-designed for me. The tunes had STP written all over them.”

In summer 2011, audiences were booing his solo shows again. The Wall Street Journal declared his Gramercy Theatre show a disaster, with Weiland hitting the stage 90 minutes later than scheduled, to a “vocally unpleasant” crowd. Around the same time, he told Classic RockMagazine that a reunion with Velvet Revolver was a possibility. “We patched things up and we get along. I see them every now and again, we text each other and, you know, we can never say never. Who knows, maybe we’ll do some shows some time.”

His late summer 2011 digital-only release A Compilation of Scott Weiland Cover Songs covers songs by the Rolling Stones (“Dead Flowers”), Radiohead (“Let Down”), David Bowie (“Fame” and “The Jean Genie”), the Smiths (“Reel Around the Fountain”), the New York Dolls (“Personality Crisis”), the Beatles, Nirvana, Flaming Lips, and others.

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