Stone Temple Pilots Tell ‘Trolls’ Why They’re Keeping Name Without Scott Weiland

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Photo credit: Corey Hickok

Stone Temple Pilots drummer Eric Kretz discussed continuing to use the STP name without Scott Weiland in a new interview on 105.7 The Point. Kretz was asked if they considered changing the name after Weiland and Chester Bennington died. Alternative Nation transcribed his response.

“No, not at all.”

The DJ then asked if he’d heard about fan backlash.

“I didn’t hear about it, I read about it, but I didn’t hear about it. No one would say that to my face, but the little trolls would be on there.”

He added, “We have such deep love and respect for [Chester and Scott], but as far as moving forward, that’s a whole different topic. Every day, we talk about Chester and Scott, how much we appreciate them as artists, as humans, and what they contributed, and the times we had together.”

Kretz was then asked about the decision to move forward.

“When you come out of the depression, when you come out of the sadness, of course, you think about everything. It’s kind of like any breakup would be, where you are totally depressed and you hate yourself, you hate everything, and you hate the world. Just kind of coming out of the haze, you say you know what, we have a lot to contribute. We have a lot of joy in what we do, and we want to share it with everybody. There’s a lot of people who still want to see it and appreciate the shows.”

  • Kay B

    Not digging that tattoo.

    • makingconnections

      Oh Geez, me neither. It looks like the tole painting designs that craft people do and the strokes so broad. What was he thinking?

    • Olga Stewart

      The interviewer’s tattoo looks kind of interesting.

      What I can see of it, that is.

      • makingconnections

        Looks like it may be a Celtic design?

        • Olga Stewart

          Yes, that’s what I was thinking.

          • makingconnections

            I particularly like Haida tattoos, but the fact that families own certain designs would make it difficult to make a good choice. One would have to get it approved and then they may change their minds at some point and call you a “Culture Vulture”! The Kwagiulth that I know feel that you can only have a bear symbol or an eagle or whatever on your person if one of your ancestors had a transforming experience with the animal.

          • Olga Stewart

            I would like to get tattoos of both a black panther (my favourite big cat) and a Celtic cross.

          • makingconnections

            I would love to get a tattoo as well–your ideas sound fascinating. Have you ever googled the Celtic Crosses in cemeteries in Ireland. They’re so beautiful; actually, I think we’ve talked about this before.

            My husband just can’t stand the idea of a tattoo on his wife. A few years ago I put on one of those tattoo sleeves as a joke when he was home from a trip…he turned his back and was devastated…said: “What’s next, are you going to start smoking and get a motorcycle?!!” It was quite funny, but truly, I don’t think he could handle it. I think I’d get one if I really wanted one….and then there’s children…they are so judgemental — it’s unbelievable! Maybe I’ll get a tattoo or a piercing and then write the book about family life, based on their reaction. I think I’d choose a symbol from a Cowichan (Salish) design (my ancestry). They are simple but powerful I find.

          • Olga Stewart

            There is a cenotaph here where I live.

            And the statue there is in the shape of a Celtic cross.

            When I’m next on the computer (I’m currently on my phone), I will post a photo of it in this comment thread.

          • makingconnections

            It seems unusual to see Celtic Crosses in Canada isn’t it, although I think I’ve seen some in Victoria.
            I’d like to know more about the history of the inspiring time when Celtic Spirituality was alive in Ireland and Scotland I believe. I have a book of Celtic Prayers that someone gave me at one time and they are so “earth based”, prayers that include the animals that provide for us, and the natural world….very beautiful time in the Church’s history…and there aren’t many of those!

          • Olga Stewart
          • makingconnections

            Wow: that’s a very “Canadian” looked Celtic Cross somehow….simple and not too decorative.

          • Olga Stewart

            I think that’s why I like this cross.

            Because it’s both simple and decorative.

            I’m not really one for both fancy and gaudy things.

        • Corndog

          I love Celtic tattoos! Being as how I’m a wee paddy I can’t be accused of cultural appropriation;)

          • makingconnections

            Yes, you could wear the design proudly. I’m entitled to nothin’ in the First Nations Dept. My Grandmother says: “We don’t come from good Indians, we come from slaves.” I see no way of working my way out of that; however my Great Grandfather was a Greek Orthodox Bishop with so much land my Grandfather told me he couldn’t ride his horse across the land in a day….then there’s the Italian and the Scottish and the English….a Greek man told me I was a beautiful cocktail….but they tend to be schmoozers when they’re talking that talk. Speaking of Greek men, in the wedding video that Vicky put up, didn’t her Dad look like a lovely and kind man?

          • makingconnections

            OMG, I thought I was talking to Olga…just came back from town and check here and it’s you Corndog. How are you? Do you have any tattoos? I don’t think I would have asked you if you thought Vicky’s Dad looked like a nice man….I dunno….it doesn’t seem like something that would interest you! (and the beautiful cocktail stuff I’d have kept to myself. Oh well, it’s out!)

          • Kay B

            LOL!!!

          • Olga Stewart

            Corndog and I have been known to swap identities at times. Hee hee.

          • makingconnections

            It’s funny isn’t it…I’m not a braggart but had to speak about a compliment and get caught right away! “Instant Karma”!

          • Olga Stewart

            Ha ha!

          • Corndog

            You’ve caught me. Olga and i are actually the same person:) I’ve been feeling a little down the last few days if i’m honest, but i’m ok MC, thanks for asking. How are you doing?

            I’ve got 5 tattoos (well 4, as one is a cover up) but i’ve only ever been happy with one of them. 3 Celtic designs, an abstract design and a pop culture reference. I was just saying to Kay that i have always loved bio-mechanical tattoos and would really like to get some of those if they weren’t so very expensive. When i was younger, i really wanted the Pearl Jam stickman. I even went as far as making an appointment but when i got there that day the guy was very busy and kept putting my slot back, so i eventually just left and never went to get it again. I often wonder if Dave A. regrets getting his stickman tattoo. Does he still have it or did he ever have it removed?

          • Olga Stewart

            Well hello to you my twin from another mothers? Ha ha!

          • Corndog

            Talking to myself again:)

          • Olga Stewart

            Heh!

          • makingconnections

            I’m just dashing out the door to drive for quite a few hours, so I’ll talk to you later when I’m home again and near a computer.

            Sorry you’re feeling low–try to have some fun with your boy says the bossy friend. Take care.
            I like the sound of your tattoos!

          • Corndog

            Thanks MC. Not sure what’s wrong with me. Just been feeling a bit crap for the last few days.

            You may like the sound of my tattoos, but seeing them is another matter. I’ve been really unlucky with tattoos.

            Safe journey. See you later:)

          • Olga Stewart

            Sorry to hear that you haven’t been feeling great.

            And if you need to talk, know that I’m here for you. :).

          • Corndog

            Thanks Olga, i appreciate that:)

          • Olga Stewart

            You’re most welcome. :).

          • makingconnections

            I’m home now but broken-hearted. We have a very independent 23 year old manx cat named Caleb. I thought she was sleeping peacefully under the bush she likes, but no, she had died–it seems a short while before I came home because her eyes were bright and she looked so peaceful and herself. I’m so sad.

          • Corndog

            I’ve very sorry to hear that. I love cats. It is really hard when a pet dies. Just like loosing a family member. When my last pet died i swore that i would not have anymore for that very reason.

            I know that it is hard to take anything positive out of something like this, but that is a really old age for a cat to reach. I don’t think i have ever heard of a cat being that old before. You must have taken really good care of her. I’m sure that she had a wonderful life living with someone as nice as you are.

          • makingconnections

            Thanks for your response Corndog. A day later I’m trying not to cry because I’m going to the Interior to my mother’s birthday party and I don’t want to look like a hag! Pride overrides sorrow in this instance. The little cat has been fading for quite a few weeks but was still playful and I thought she’d get better. When I parked the car, I ran into the back yard to see if she was O.K., like I knew.
            For many years Caleb couldn’t come indoors because she had bad hygiene, so I made her a bed with a heavy muskox blanket and various other woolen ones to keep her warm in winter. I’d put a heater in at about midnight and she’d purr like crazy. She’s been with us through all of our ups and downs for such a long time and was very close to my husband. Being a manx cat she ran like a rabbit and last summer I saw her playing out in the moonlight with a wild rabbit! I feel like a child when it comes to grief…like it’s just under the surface–it just seems to slam me. I know she’s just a little cat but today I feel so grateful for all the love she gave to us. Today I took the dog and we went and watched the big waves coming into the bay near here. “Nature Heals” is a truth for me. I can make myself very quiet when I feel part of the natural world and let the sounds wash over me.

          • makingconnections

            I’m so sorry to hear about the passing of your father Corndog. Please take very, very good care of yourself during this time; there’s such a tendency to look backwards and try to figure it all out and we never will.

            I think of the afterlife as the “Sacred Mystery”. Maybe there’s nothing and maybe there’s everything. I like to think that it becomes a time of perfect understanding and lack of struggle. I hope that is the peace that your father finds.

          • Corndog

            Thanks MC.

          • Corndog

            I was only half joking about the cultural thing:) Provided that someone is being respectful and there is no mocking taking place i have no issue with someone wearing a piece of clothing or getting a tattoo or whatever that is associated with a particular culture. I remember seeing a YouTube Video recently that had been filmed in a college in America where a black girls stops a white guy and even going as far as assaulting and trying to detain him (while asking her friend to give her scissors) all because the guy had dreadlocks. I think that is utterly bonkers. The guy can have his hair any way that he pleases. He’s not hurting anyone, be in individually or culturally.

            Sorry i didn’t see the video that you mentioned. I generally ignore the Cornell articles.

          • makingconnections

            Yes, we humans can be quite uptight about various things can’t we. What I don’t understand is why they sell their carvings and jewellery, which are beautiful, with the very symbols that they are protective of. Oh well. Our PM is being criticized for his tattoo at this time, even though adopted by a certain clan when he was small. The criticism is that he’s allowing a certain pipeline to be built and the artist whose gave permission for his design to be used, disagrees with the pipeline. Do my bidding for the rest of your life, and I’ll approve. We shouldn’t worry so much about people’s approval is the lesson I suppose!

          • Corndog

            We sure can, but I guess everyone has their price!

            Actually, now that I think about it, I feel a little hypocritical. It is a pet peeve of mine when I see American’s online claiming that they are Irish. I like to ask them at that point which part of Ireland they were born in and they tell me that their sister’s, uncle’s, next door neighbour’s cat was Irish. I tell them that far as I’m concerned the cat is irish and they aren’t. Way I look at it, if you were born in America then you’re American regardless of what nationality your ancestors and their cat’s were:) I don’t know why that bugs me so much, but it honestly gets right up my nose so I really have no place talking about others getting annoyed about similar things. It doesn’t excuse my hypocrisy but at least I’ve acknowledged it.

          • Kay B

            My dad was Irish but he did not fancy tattoos. However I do have a few. I have the praying mantis from a God Lives Underwater album. One, I like GLU and the female eats the male after mating. I also have a Chinese symbol for “older sister”, my brother has “younger brother” on him. I know, Chinese tattoos are a bit boring now and over rated. I got it a long time ago. I have Stephan Hawking’s equation of the entropy of a black hole in space. I have the colony symbol of Boba Fett from Star Wars. And I have 27 black bats that go from my left ear around my shoulder down my spine. I also have the chemical symbol for serotonin. I would like to get more but I’m running out of room. They don’t care a lot in the medical profession (at least where I am) but I’m trying to stay some-what classy…..whatever that is.

          • Corndog

            Sounds like you have quite the collection! I think that the Stephen Hawking one you mentioned is particularly cool!

            I’ve gotten 5 tattoos over the years but i have never had much luck with them. They’re all a bit crap, with the exception of one Celtic design that didn’t turn out too badly. I’d love to get more, but my previous experience of ending up with ones that i didn’t like and the ridiculous price that they charge here has sort of put me off a little.

            I have a particular love for bio-mechanical tattoos. I think that they look amazing! If i had the cabbage and could find someone that i could trust to do it well i’d love to get some of those.

          • Kay B

            I’m not sure why I spelled Stephen’s name wrong. It is also my brother’s name whom I share the tattoo with for fuck’s sake.

          • Corndog

            I didn’t even notice until you mentioned it.

          • Kay B

            Hey I heard about some sad news in your corner and I wanted to send my condolences and wanted you to know you have friends on here that if you need to talk or hear a bad joke we are here for you.

          • Corndog

            Thanks Kay.

          • makingconnections

            See my reply to you below Corndog…I’m sleep-deprived today. That’s my excuse!

  • faith

    Isn’t Eric Kretz the luckiest drummer in the world?

    • makingconnections

      He has always seemed to be happy on stage as he says….and has such a healthy and balanced attitude. I admire him.

      • Kay B

        He really does. I liked when he wore a dress on David Letterman. Very poofy. At 20:00 mark.
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sLYgw6_1WR8

        • makingconnections

          That is too cool….and the knotted shirt. He knew what he was doing!

          So nice to see Scott, the best dresser in the world. I love the white shirt and black pants.

    • cmlukey

      Solid stick man. And he does not take himself too seriously. Almost like he knows he has been surrounded by brilliance and he is happy to go along for the ride.

  • Diana

    i am completely in love with Scott from the time of the Big Bang Baby Music Video. i miss him!!

    • makingconnections

      He stays in your heart somehow doesn’t he? I particularly love watching him sing with “The Doors”–such artistry.

    • Kay B

      I love his pants in that video. great video all around.