Stone Temple Pilots Map Spring Tour, Begin Work On Next LP

Band plans to record sixth album this summer, recently laid down one track.

While they won't have Linkin Park and Staind along for the ride this time, Stone Temple Pilots will return to the road next month for a 16-date tour.

The band, which headlined the Family Values Tour last year, will make several festival appearances and will play more intimate headlining gigs dubbed "A Night With Stone Temple Pilots," according to the group's management.

STP tentatively plan to spend the summer working on their sixth album, but got a head start earlier this month when they laid down a track in Los Angeles.

A live version of the fatalistic love song "Wonderful" from their latest CD, Shangri-La Dee Da, will appear on the upcoming compilation Family Values Tour 2001. The rendition, which features Linkin Park vocalist and longtime STP fan Chester Bennington on backup vocals, arrived at radio last week. The third CD to be spawned from the Family Values Tour will also include the STP live favorites "Vasoline," "Wicked Garden" and "Creep," the latter featuring Staind frontman Aaron Lewis (see "Aaron Lewis Assists STP, Linkin Park On Family Values CD").

The Pilots have a few other projects in the pipeline, both personal and professional. Singer Scott Weiland and bassist Robert DeLeo continue to work on material for solo albums, while Weiland is preparing to become a father for the second time. His wife, Mary, is due to give birth to a baby girl in July. Their first child, a boy named Noah, was born in late 2000.

Stone Temple Pilots tour dates, according to the band's management:

  • 4/12 - Austin, TX @ Auditorium Shores

  • 4/13 - Miami, FL @ Bicentennial Park

  • 4/16 - Norfolk, VA @ The NorVa

  • 4/18 - Long Island, NY @ TBA

  • 4/19 - Atlantic City, NJ @ Trump Marina

  • 4/20 - Wallingford, CT @ TBA

  • 4/21 - Ithaca, NY @ Cornell University

  • 4/23 - New York, NY @ Hammerstein Ballroom

  • 4/24 - Gainesville, FL @ TBA

  • 4/26 - Jacksonville, FL @ TBA

  • 4/27 - Charlotte, NC @ Uptown Charlotte

  • 4/28 - Zephyr Hills, FL @ Festival Park

  • 4/30 - Huntsville, AL @ Von Braun Civic Center

  • 5/3 - Birmingham, AL @ TBA

  • 5/4 - Atlanta, GA @ Music Midtown Festival

  • 5/5 - Memphis, TN @ Tom Lee Park