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Stone Temple Pilots

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Stone Temple Pilots embark upon a new sonic adventure with Perdida, the band’s first-ever acoustic album. It includes 10 deeply personal songs that weave introspective lyrics together with unexpected instruments to take listeners on an emotional and musical journey through letting go and starting over.

“You have to live it to write it,” says guitarist Dean Deleo. “And this record is a reflection of where we’ve been recently.”

Bassist Robert DeLeo says Perdida (Spanish for ‘loss’) shows how music has helped them process grief, search for meaning and, ultimately, create something beautiful from the pain. “When I’ve gone through things in my life, I’ve found that sitting down and having an honest conversation with my guitar is the best therapy.”

“Recording an acoustic album like Perdida is something the band has wanted to do for many years,” says drummer Eric Kretz. “We performed on ‘MTV Unplugged’ in 1993, and we usually play acoustic mini-sets on tour, so when Robert and Dean started playing their new songs for us during our tour last year, we knew right away they would be perfect for an acoustic album.”

Writing lyrics for an introspective album like Perdida meant exposing himself like never before, says singer Jeff Gutt, who joined the band in 2017. “It’s an emotionally honest album and I needed to approach it that way for these songs to resonate. I had to let myself be as vulnerable writing the lyrics as Dean and Robert were writing the music.”

To record Perdida, the quartet assembled at Kretz’s Bomb Shelter Studios in February. The key to making the album, Dean explains, was finding a way to say more with less. “Everything you hear serves a purpose, from the space in the arrangements to the different instruments. We only added things that served the songs.”

As a result, there are instruments on Perdida that you don’t normally hear on an STP record, like flute (“I Didn’t Know The Time,”) alto saxophone (“Years,”) guitarrón (“Miles Away,”) and enough vintage keyboards to make Rick Wakeman jealous. “We’ve done similar things before – like the trumpet solo on ‘Adhesive’ from Tiny Music – but never on such a large scale,” Robert says. “Working with other musicians on this album was such a joy because it gave us a rare opportunity to hear our songs through someone else’s ears.”

That approach shines on the title track, where a nylon-string guitar takes the lead as keyboard, violin, viola and cello ebb and flow behind Gutt’s soaring vocal on the chorus: “Oh perdida come and go/Stay with me tonight/But in the morning please be gone.”

“She’s My Queen” is another highpoint on the band’s sonic adventure. Built around an Indian drone and carried along by a gently pulsing beat, the song casts a hypnotic spell that’s punctuated by background singers, flute and Marxophone – a special kind of hammered dulcimer from the 1920s.

The songs that open and close Perdida – “Fare Thee Well” and “Sunburst” respectively – are fitting bookends, Gutt says. “They really capture the emotional journey that takes place on this album. It starts with saying goodbye on ‘Fare Thee Well’ and ends with a new beginning on ‘Sunburst.’ It’s a melancholy record, but it ends on a hopeful note.”

As it happens, those two tracks also spotlight facets of the DeLeo brothers’ distinctive songwriting voices. “Fare Thee Well” by Robert pulls you in from the first strum of the guitar and has you singing along after one listen. In Dean’s “Sunburst,” the melody unfolds gradually, rising and falling multiple times before building to a cathartic guitar-fueled crescendo.

In addition to the album, Stone Temple Pilots will also launch an acoustic tour in early 2020.

“Some songs are obvious candidates for an acoustic performance,” Dean says. “What will be really interesting are the unexpected choices, where we reimagine a familiar song and present in a totally different light.”

Kretz says the band is looking forward to not only performing the new songs, but also pulling songs from previous albums into the setlist. “We’ll finally get a chance to play songs from our catalog that we’ve never played live, or in some cases, haven’t played live in more than 20 years.”

“We’ve talked about doing this kind of tour for years, and now it’s finally happening,” Robert explains. “We’re excited because it’s not only a chance for us to celebrate our new album in a special way, but also everything that’s brought us to this moment.”



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Tour Dates

Jun 19 2020
Coastal Credit Union Music Park At Walnut Creek
Raleigh, NC
Jun 20 2020
Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater at Virginia Beach
Virginia Beach, VA
Jun 23 2020
PNC Music Pavilion
Charlotte, NC
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Jun 26 2020
Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
Noblesville, IN
Jun 27 2020
Riverbend Music Center
Cincinnati, OH
Jun 30 2020
KeyBank Pavilion
Burgettstown, PA
Jul 02 2020
DTE Energy Music Theatre
Clarkston, MI
Jul 03 2020
Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
Darien Center, NY
Jul 05 2020
Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
Bethel, NY
Jul 08 2020
Budweiser Stage
Toronto, Canada
Jul 10 2020
Xfinity Theatre
Hartford, CT
Jul 11 2020
Hersheypark Stadium
Hershey, PA
Jul 17 2020
Jiffy Lube Live
Bristow, VA
Jul 19 2020
BB&T Pavilion
Camden, NJ
Jul 22 2020
Saratoga Performing Arts Center
Saratoga Springs, NY
Jul 25 2020
Darling's Waterfront Pavilion
Bangor, ME
Jul 26 2020
Xfinity Center
Mansfield, MA
Jul 29 2020
St. Joseph’s Health Amphitheater at Lakeview
Syracuse, NY
Jul 31 2020
PNC Bank Arts Center
Holmdel, NJ
Aug 01 2020
Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater
Wantagh, NY
Aug 04 2020
Blossom Music Center
Cuyahoga Falls, OH
Aug 06 2020
Xcel Energy Center
St Paul, MN
Aug 08 2020
The Walmart AMP
Rogers, AR
Aug 09 2020
CenturyLink Center Omaha
Omaha, NE
Aug 15 2020
Coral Sky Amphitheatre
West Palm Beach, FL
Aug 16 2020
MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
Tampa, FL
Aug 19 2020
Ameris Bank Amphitheatre
Alpharetta, GA
Aug 21 2020
Bridgestone Arena
Nashville, TN
Aug 22 2020
Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
Maryland Heights, MO
Aug 25 2020
Starlight Theatre
Kansas City, MO
Aug 27 2020
Milwaukee, WI
Aug 29 2020
Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
Tinley Park, IL
Sep 01 2020
Red Rocks Amphitheatre
Morrison, CO
Sep 03 2020
Dos Equis Pavilion
Dallas, TX
Sep 04 2020
The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
The Woodlands, TX
Sep 11 2020
White River Amphitheatre
Auburn, WA
Sep 12 2020
Sunlight Supply Amphitheater
Ridgefield, WA
Sep 15 2020
Spokane Arena
Spokane, WA
Sep 18 2020
Ford Idaho Center Amphitheater
Nampa, ID
Sep 19 2020
USANA Amphitheatre
West Valley City, UT
Sep 22 2020
Isleta Amphitheater
Albuquerque, NM
Sep 25 2020
FivePoint Amphitheater
Irvine, CA
Sep 26 2020
AK Chin Pavilion
Phoenix, AZ
Sep 29 2020
North Island Credit Union Ampitheatre
Chula Vista, CA
Oct 02 2020
Toyota Amphitheatre
Wheatland, CA
Oct 03 2020
Shoreline Amphitheatre
Mountain View, CA




Perdida is a Deeply Personal Album that Weaves Introspective Lyrics and Unexpected Instruments Together Across 10 Songs for an Emotional and Musical Journey The First Single – “Fare Thee Well”…

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