CORE 25TH ANNIVERSARY SUPER DELUXE EDITION
When guitarist Dean DeLeo reflects on the time surrounding the release of Stone Temple Pilots mega-selling 1992 debut, Core, the thing that strikes him is a constant flow of creativity and the sense of togetherness he felt with his bandmates at the time. “We were all really shoulder to shoulder prior to making that record,” he says. “The four of us were in the rehearsal room at least five days a week. There was such a newness in the air, and with newness comes excitement.”
That enthusiasm spilled into the 12 tracks the group recorded with producer Brendan O’Brien over a period of three weeks for the LP and it fueled six singles, including the jazzy, mammoth rocker “Plush” and sensitive acoustic number “Creep,” which became staples of MTV’s Buzz Bin, as well as hard-rock and alternative radio. Stone Temple Pilots weathered comparisons to fellow grunge titans Pearl Jam and controversy that came from people misunderstanding frontman Scott Weiland’s first-person lyrics in “Sex Type Thing” to become one of the biggest bands of the era. The album made it up to Number Two on the Billboard chart and the RIAA has subsequently certified it eight-times platinum, making it the most popular record of STP’s career.
Since then, the band – whose lineup on Core featured DeLeo, his bassist brother Robert, drummer Eric Kretz and Weiland, who died of an accidental overdose in 2015 – subsequently put out a succession of Top 10 albums (including Core’s 1994 follow-up, Purple, which hit Number One) amid breakups, re-formations and a short stint where the late Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington fronted the group. The group has since launched an open audition for a new singer and hopes to announce the results of the search in the next month or so.
“We’ve been working with someone – I don’t want to name names yet – and we’re making music,” Robert says. “I don’t know if he’s well-known or unknown; I don’t look at him as ‘well-known.’ But we’re writing music and we’re hopefully looking at finishing a record and putting it out soon.”
In the meantime, the band is celebrating Core‘s legacy by issuing a deluxe, filled-to-the-brim box set edition of the record on Friday, its 25th anniversary to the day. The collection features four CDs, containing a remastered version of the original release, plus demos, rare tracks and live recordings (including the band’s session for MTV Unplugged), a copy of the album on vinyl, and a DVD containing music videos, a surround-sound mix of the album and high-res audio of all the tracks, as well as a book with new linter notes by Rolling Stone’s David Fricke. The set is also coming out in more pared-down and affordable configurations.