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Stone Temple Pilots Creep Back into Studio

Weiland Regroups with Bandmates, Brendan O'Brien

January 28, 1999 12:00 AM ET

Any time all four members of the Stone Temple Pilots are in the same place at the same time it's a reunion.

The Pilots have been on a kamikaze mission with infamy for some time now, and -- with ample help from frontman Scott Weiland -- have traded jabs with it several times over the course of their seven-year career. Now, STP will tempt fate again with long-time producer Brendan O'Brien (Pearl Jam, Matthew Sweet) and try their hand at recording their long-awaited follow-up to 1996's Tiny Music . . . Songs From the Vatican Gift Shop.

According to band manager Steve Stewart, the band is writing and rehearsing now in Los Angeles and will do so until they begin rolling tape in March. O'Brien is currently finishing up work on the third Rage Against the Machine album and won't be on hand full-time until he's done, according to a source close to the project.

Stewart says the new album will hit stores some time this summer, and the band's "intent is to tour this summer," and, no, STP have not been asked to perform on either Lollapalooza or OzzFest.

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