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By Gary Graff
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Stone Temple Pilots had more than 100 concerts on the books for this year, according to guitarist Dean DeLeo and they've all been scrapped due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

So for the next best thing, the quartet which includes Michigan native Jeff Gutt as frontman since 2017 is hitting the stage on Friday, July 31, at Mates in North Hollywood. There will be no audience, but STP will play its eight-times-platinum, Grammy Award winning 1992 debut album "Core" in its entirety, which gives it a chance to pull out some rarely played cuts such as "Naked Sunday" and "Piece of Pie" as well as hits like "Creep," "Plush," "Sex Type Thing" and "Wicked Garden."

And if the group has its way, DeLeo says, this may well be the first of several album performances on the horizon...

DeLeo says his brother, bassist Robert DeLeo, brought up the idea of doing a show after several months in quarantine. "He said, 'Hey man, we should get in a small room and play the first record.' We all love ('Core') and we're all itching to get out and play, so we were all on board with it. It's like, 'Let's do something. Let's play!'"

The guitarist adds that pandemic quarantining has been been a mixed bag for he and his bandmates. "Look, I love being home. I love being lazy I do it really well. And I love being with my wife and kids and having the kids home from school. I love it. But I also love playing and the camaraderie with my band, and I really miss it. This year's shows are gone not postponed, canceled and there's nothing on the books for 2021, so this is a good chance to do something."

DeLeo is, in fact, hoping that STP will elect to perform some of the group's other albums in the near future. "Maybe we can do something special like this with each album, go into different locations and just kind of perform each record from top to bottom. I think it'd be really fun. It's be something of a challenge, and I think everybody would really, really be up for it. The records are so diverse and different from one another, it'd be pretty fulfilling."

Noting the success of "Core" was "life-changing" for the members of STP, DeLeo says a particularly fond memory of making the album came from being at Rumbo Recorders in Canoga Park, Calif. "It was owned by the Captain and Tennille they know something about having some success, right? Toni (Tennille) was so sweet. She would come in once in a while with a big plate of fresh cookies she would make, and one time she came in and looked at us and said, 'OK boys, let's make some hits!'" (laughs)

STP released a new album, the acoustic-flavored "Perdida," in February, and DeLeo says the group, with unexpected time on its hands, is working on material for its next release. "Between Robert and I, there's always at least a dozen and a half songs floating around, maybe 20 even if it's just, like, a snippet or a part. There's always a lot of stuff around. And Jeff works so fast. He'll come up with a melody and just start scatting something pretty quickly. He's full of ideas as well, so new music is really a big part of the band again, which feels great."

>b?Stone Temple Pilots plays its debut album, "Core," live in its entirety at 8 p.m. Friday, July 31, via nugs.tv. Admission is $9.99. STP is also launching an archival audio series, starting with a 2011 show from Hampton Beach, N.H., and a 2019 show from London, the latter with current frontman and Marine City, Mich., native Jeff Gut

Web Site: www.nugs.tv

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