The rumors began a few weeks back: Stone Temple Pilots — the grunge act featuring frontman Scott Weiland, bassist Robert DeLeo, guitarist Dean DeLeo and drummer Eric Kretz that has been on hiatus since 2002 — would be revived this summer for a one-off reunion tour of the U.S. And for weeks, nothing has been confirmed.
While no one from the STP camp has said definitively that the comeback is a go, Weiland did recently tell The Miami Herald that fans should "be on the lookout" for an STP reunion in the coming months. And then there's this week's Billboard story, which says that Weiland's Velvet Revolver bandmate Slash claimed the singer will rejoin his former bandmates in Stone Temple Pilots for a handful of summer reunion shows this summer — although the article contains no quote of him saying that.
Hmmm. Last anyone can remember, Slash was never a member of Stone Temple Pilots, and it hasn't yet been revealed what the guitarist actually said on the matter. What MTV News can tell you is that negotiations are still ongoing, but it's looking very likely that Stone Temple Pilots will be coming to a town near you this summer. According to numerous sources close to the band and others who work in various capacities throughout the industry, the reunion tour is on. Some claim venues have already been reserved throughout the country for the trek, and others say they're actively trying to secure their bands opening slots on the proposed run.
The fact that the DeLeo brothers' post-STP band, Army of Anyone, are on indefinite hiatus might make the reunion even more of a genuine possibility. Velvet Revolver, on the other hand, just kicked off a tour on Thursday night and are expected to begin writing material for their next album in the spring.
So, will the STP reunion happen this summer or will it not? If the tour does indeed go down, then it would be one of the biggest reunions in recent years — and would follow something of a rock trend. Bands like Rage Against the Machine, the Police and even Led Zeppelin have all re-formed in recent years. In the meantime, we'll just have to keep our fingers crossed.