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When the members of Stone Temple Pilots looked out into the crowd Sunday afternoon at Los Angeles' El Rey Theatre, all they saw was a sea of red dots.
The band had enlisted hundreds of radio contest winners to shoot its video for "No Way Out" (see "Stone Temple Pilots Tap Fans To Direct 'Way Out'"). The final clip will mix professional footage with material fans shot on their own cameras.
"I filmed everything upside down so I'll be able to tell what's mine," said 20-year-old fan Chris Summers. "This was so dope."
Singer Scott Weiland, sporting a new orange Mohawk, said the video was a way to thank fans for their loyalty during STP's troubled times.
"We weren't sure if we would ever have this the way it is again," Weiland said. "It's been a long time of pushing and pulling -- a tug of war and a tug of wills. And now that we have all four of us, our wills
are as one, and we're sharing that with the audience.... What we were able to do tonight was to capture that on film."
STP performed along with a recorded track of "No Way Out" about 10 times during the shoot. During breaks, guitarist Dean DeLeo, bassist Robert DeLeo, and drummer Eric Kretz jammed on '70s rock songs while Weiland hyped the crowd.
Before jumping into the audience to crowd-surf, the singer asked fans to be kind and support him. "I haven't fallen on my head since I've been clean," he said. Weiland completed a jail sentence in December stemming from heroin charges (see "Weiland Tastes Freedom While STP Drops 'Heaven And Hot Rods'").
Midway through the taping, the band instructed fans to hold down their cameras so the professional crew could capture them jumping around in rock and roll abandon. While the crowd embraced the offer to let loose, some fans were peeved that their job as director was being
"They made it sound like we were gonna direct the video and it was gonna be all our footage, but they've got 5 million of their own cameras here," 21-year-old Alex Adams of Los Angeles said. "I decided to just forget it and just enjoy seeing STP in such a small place."
The winners also shot video before arriving at the El Rey, per the instructions of KROQ-FM, the contest's sponsor. Adams said his footage captured him and his friends "getting drunk last night and waking up this morning still drunk," plus shots of homeless people and road signs filmed on the way to the video shoot.
Weiland said he expected the material shot in advance would include "lots of subversive, absolutely bizarre various subplots."
"I think there's gonna be a lot of good tour-bus fodder," Dean DeLeo added.
The band treated the contest winners to a seven-song performance after wrapping the shoot.
"No Way Out," the fourth single from the band's
1999 album "No. 4," is about Weiland's struggles with drug addiction.
"It really reminds me of a time when I was still on a teeter-totter," he said. "I had a lot of aspirations to be a better person and was trying, but it just seemed that every time I took a couple steps forward, I would slide a little bit back.... Every other day is kind of like [the movie] 'Groundhog Day' -- it's the same story over and over. It's like, 'How many times can I continuously make progress and fall backward?' It's the frustration of that."
These days, Weiland said the song makes him feel grateful that he finally moved beyond that cycle.
Though "No. 4" suffered from STP's inability to promote it while Weiland served jail time, the album has since gone platinum with the help of the hit "Sour Girl."
"When we told [our friends in the industry] that we were gonna be releasing another single and going out to tour 'No. 4,' they were like, 'Why?'" Weiland said. "More than anything,
we feel vindicated that we have been able to reconnect with our fans."
After wrapping up their Return Of The Rock tour with Godsmack and Disturbed (see "STP, Godsmack, Disturbed Line Up Tour"), STP will begin work on their next album in January. The band plans to launch a world tour upon the LP's release in late spring or early summer, Weiland said.