Stone Temple Pilots Open Up On Grunge Deaths


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.”