Stone Temple Pilots Open Up On Grunge Deaths

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Stone Temple Pilots bassist Robert DeLeo discussed deaths of Grunge era singers like Scott Weiland, Kurt Cobain, Layne Staley, Chris Cornell, Dolores O’Riordan, and Shannon Hoon in a new Songfacts interview.

Songfacts: Why do you think the early ’90s gave us so many great rock singers – possibly more than any other era?

DeLeo: I think people had a lot to say. And it was timing. Things were going a certain way, and there was a reaction, and sometimes when there’s a reaction, something that is really explosive comes out of that, and I think it was the time for that to happen. There were a lot of very talented… and I hate to use the word “was.” A lot of those people are gone, and it’s a shame, but it was a great time for music. It really was.

DeLeo also discussed STP’s biggest hits, “Plush was a big single and Interstate Love Song was big. What’s funny is I always have people sending me someone in a bar playing Interstate Love Song. That always blows me away. I’m such a fan of music, and we all grew up with such great music. To hear someone play one of our tunes or a tune that I wrote, it’s humbling. Very humbling.”