Preview: Stone Temple Pilots

By Rachel Kuipers

Originally formed in 1985 as Mighty Joe Young, the American hard and alternative rock band Stone Temple Pilots is still going strong with new blood, lead vocalist Chester Bennington of Linkin Park. The singer-songwriter joined the group less than two years ago, and is touring with them as they continue their coast-to-coast North American tour this April.

Dreamers will open for STP at the Fillmore Silver Spring on Friday, April 24 at 8 p.m. for their one-month spring tour that takes them from Seattle to Philadelphia. They’ll stop in 14 cities for concerts, including Denver, Dallas, Chicago and New York.

They publicized the tour via video announcement in February, in addition to briefly talking about the new music they’re working on. Recently, they released several demos for new music on SoundCloud with the promise of more to come.

The group includes brothers Robert and Dean DeLeo, Eric Kretz and Bennington, who replaced STP’s former lead vocalist, Scott Weiland, in 2013. They are currently working on their first full length album with Bennington, which will be the second released by STP without Weiland. The EP High Rise, released in 2013, was the first since the split. They haven’t released any more information on the new album.

One dollar of every ticket will go to Music for Relief, a relief group founded by Linkin Park to help disaster victims after the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. According to their website, the group as raised over seven million dollars for survivors in collaboration with musicians. They have also planted over one million trees in an effort to fight global warming.

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