Stone Temple Pilots have been radio silent on social media in 2017 outside of paying tribute to late singer Chester Bennington, but the band are now beginning the celebration of the 25th anniversary of their landmark debut album Core. STP posted two videos with handwritten band name ideas from the early days, including Mighty Joe Young, which was the band’s name from 1989-1992 before legal threats from an old blues singer forced them to change their name. Other names featured are The Magnificent Bastards, which Scott Weiland later used for a side project in the mid 90’s. Stereo Temple Pirates, another long bandied about name the band were rumored to consider before picking Stone Temple Pilots, it also featured. Ded Velvet is another, possibly showing the earliest genesis of the name Velvet Revolver.
STP are set to release a Core 25th anniversary deluxe reissue on September 29th. Fans had been speculating that it could happen since the band nearly reissued Core for its 20th anniversary in 2012. The band were planning a reissue with two new songs, with tentative plans for a tour performing Core in its entirety in 2013. This never happened though, as the band fired Scott Weiland in February 2013.
Chester Bennington replaced him for subsequent tour dates from 2013-2015, and on the High Rise EP. Bennington quit STP in November 2015, and Scott Weiland died in December 2015. Chester Bennington died last week. STP have been searching for a new singer since February 2016, with Jeff Gutt being the heavily rumored favorite.
Stone Temple Pilots’ Core reissue will feature a demo of the fan favorite 1990 Mighty Joe Young demo “Only Dying.”
The never before commercially released 1993 MTV Unplugged set will also be part of the reissue.