When Grunge came on the scene, I refused to listen. I was still a hard rock enthusiast and didn’t quite get this new style of music. I will admit that I never got the fascination with Nirvana, even to this day I don’t get it and I don’t think I ever will. I am sure I am in the minority. I didn’t care for Soundgarden or Pearl Jam either at the time, but have since found them both to be outstanding with Soundgarden now my favorite of the two. But there was one band out of the Big Four, that I found to be incredible. They were Stone Temple Pilots.
I didn’t jump on board with the first album although it started me leaning in their direction. It was ‘Purple’ that was “My First Time” experience with Stone Temple Pilots. When I heard the song “Vasoline”, I was hooked and there was no looking back. The late, great Scott Weiland was one of the greatest frontmen in Rock and the swagger and charisma he brought to the stage is unmatched by most singers.
The band might have been considered, Grunge, but to me it was more like the rock & roll I grew up loving. Yes, they had the Grunge elements, but the way these guys played just screamed Rock and that is probably why I connected with them more than the others. The band consisted of the following members:
- Scott Weiland – lead vocals
- Dean DeLeo – guitar
- Robert DeLeo – bass, backing vocals
- Eric Kretz – drums