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Stone Temple Pilots reveal the secret of their longevity

Stone Temple Pilots at Download Festival

Stone Temple Pilots siblings Robert and Dean have cited a mutual brotherly love and respect as the reasons behind the band’s longevity.

Formed in the late eighties as The Mighty Joe Young before changing their name to Stone Temple Pilots, guitarist Dean DeLeo, bassist Robert DeLeo and drummer Eric Ketz have remained constant members for 30 years.

The late-great Scott Weiland exited the group in acrimonious circumstances in 2013 with late Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington taking over vocal duties for two years, before they recruited Jeff Gutt in 2017.


Robert DeLeo rocks Download Festival © Darren Griffiths

As they prepare to release an expansive 25th anniversary edition of their seminal second studio album ‘Purple’ on 13th September, Planet Rock’s Loz Guest asked Robert and Dean at Download Festival about how they’ve managed to stick around so long.

Dean replied: “We still love one another, we still tolerate one another respectfully.”

Explaining that there’s no rivalry between them unlike some sibling bands, Robert added: “We don’t have to (get on).

“There’s a lot of history between brothers and rock and roll – we don’t really fit the mould. It’s been really, really amicable and great to be writing music together.”

Watch our full wide-ranging interview with the DeLeo brothers below and also check out photos from their triumphant Zippo Encore Stage performance at Download Festival right here.


You can see more day-by-day photos and videos from Download Festival 2019 by clicking the links below:

Friday at Download Festival 2019

Saturday at Download Festival 2019

Sunday at Download Festival 2019

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