STP's Weiland Talks "Greatest Hits" LP, Limp Bizkit

With their "Sour Girl" single currently charting in the Top 10 at alternative, rock, and active rock radio, the Stone Temple Pilots are gearing up for a tour run with the Red Hot Chili Peppers starting on July 30 in Saratoga Springs, New York.

The band is currently in the midst of a week long warm-up run, and despite all of the on-the-road work, STP plans to keep busy with several studio projects in the next few weeks, including cutting new songs for a "Greatest Hits" LP.

Frontman Scott Weiland recently talked with MTV News about the compilation, tentatively titled "Big Bang Babies" and due out in October. Weiland said that he, guitarist Dean DeLeo, bassist Robert DeLeo, and drummer Eric Kretz just recently sussed out the track listing for the album over dinner.

"What we did is that we sat down," Weiland said, "and I pulled out a piece of paper and a pen and we wrote out

the obvious ones. We were left with twelve songs that were obvious to put on there, and four more that we intend to record. I think we're talking about a 16- or 17-song album, including twelve previous big, super-monster-type hit things.

"We know what our place is in rock and roll," he added. "Not to get statistical, but I don't know if there's any other group in the last decade that's had as many massive radio hits as we've had. I think we've got around 13 songs that have been Top 5 songs at radio, and I think it's a testament to the strength of the individuals in this band and the people that I perform with: Robert, Dean, and Eric."

Weiland listed "Heed The Water Whisper" and "You Can't Drive Me Away" as among the titles of the new songs that STP plans to record in a New York

City studio with longtime

producer and accomplice, Brendan O'Brien.

In addition to the RHCP tour and the "Big Bang Babies" album, Weiland also described collaborating with Limp Bizkit on that group's new album, "Chocolate Starfish And The Hot-Dog Flavored Water," reprising and expanding the creative role he served on the "Significant Other" LP.

"I think we achieved what we wanted to achieve [on 'Significant Other']," he said, "and so on this album, they brought me in again. I've written a couple of songs with Fred [Durst] and the band for the album, and [I] have worked as an assistant producer to help arrange some stuff and come up with some ideas that were maybe a little more challenging for Fred. I know he really wants to push the envelope as far as a songwriter, and I'm kind of there to help facilitate that."

The STP frontman

also said that he and Durst had mended fences -- in a rather intimate way -- since trading some harsh words at last month's radio-sponsored Dysfunctional Family Picnic in Holmdel, New Jersey (see "Limp, Creed Trade Barbs At KROCK Show").

"I've talked with [Durst] on a few occasions [since then]," Weiland said. "I guess his feelings were a little but hurt at first. But like I said, we make mistakes, and we learn by the mistakes we make. After speaking with him and his manager and the head of his record company, personally, I feel the bigger part of the mistake was made by someone in his camp that took the liberty to try and make some decisions that they thought that the band would like, and instead it stepped on a few people's toes.

"As

much as I'm friends with those guys and with a lot of other bands, if something comes in the way of myself and the three other guys in my band, I stand by them and I got their back, 100 percent. But we worked it out, and everything is cool, and we tongue kissed and made up and everything's great." [RealAudio]

Stone Temple Pilots are slated to play Memphis, Tennessee on July 19 and St. Louis on July 21 before heading to Chicago on July 22 to take part in the Hard Rock Rockfest (see "Metallica, Kid Rock, 3EB Rev Up For Rockfest 2000").