Stone Temple Pilots Finish Work On "No. 4"

The Stone Temple Pilots are in Atlanta this week to finish mixing their new album, tentatively titled "No. 4," which the band's label, Atlantic Records, hopes to have out by the end of the year, possibly as early as November.

STP wrapped most of the principle recording for its forthcoming fourth LP, the long-awaited follow-up to 1996's "Tiny Music … Songs from the Vatican Gift Shop," in June with engineer Nick DiDia and producer Brendan O'Brien.

O'Brien, who also produced STP's three previous records, is now in the middle of sessions with Korn for that group's next album (see "Korn Records With Brendan O'Brien For New LP").

Considering the Pilots' obvious influences, the title of the group's new record would seem to be a playful nod to Led Zeppelin's similarly named 1971 album, "IV," which included the band's signature tune, "Stairway to Heaven" (and which was also released by Atlantic Records).

In March, the members

of Stone Temple Pilots reconvened for a special surprise show at the Viper Room in Los Angeles, marking the first time in almost two years that brothers Dean and Robert DeLeo, Eric Kretz, and Scott Weiland had appeared onstage together.