Stone Temple Pilots' 'Tiny Music' Gets 25th Anniversary Reissue

Stone Temple Pilots in 1996
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John Eder

Stone Temple Pilots' third album, Tiny Music... Songs from the Vatican Gift Shop, is getting reissued this summer for its 25th anniversary.

The 3CD/1LP box set, available July 23, will include a new remaster of the original 1996 album on CD and vinyl, plus two discs of unreleased material. One features never-before-heard early and alternate versions, while the other features the first live show the band put on in support on the album: a Florida club gig in March 1997 recorded for MTV's Spring Break.

Released at a difficult time for the band - late frontman Scott Weiland was battling addiction and checked into rehab shortly after its release - Tiny Music was nonetheless a powerful musical statement, reflecting the varied styles and tastes of Weiland, drummer Eric Kretz and guitarist/bassists Dean and Robert DeLeo. Drawing inspiration from throwback hard rock and glam styles, the album sold more than two million copies in America and put three consecutive tracks atop Billboard's mainstream rock charts: "Big Bang Baby," "Lady Picture Show" and "Trippin' on a Hole in a Paper Heart."

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The remaining members of STP have stayed active since Weiland was let go from the band in 2013 (he died of an overdose two years later). They briefly recruited Linkin Park vocalist Chester Bennington for an EP and brought on vocalist Jeff Gutt for two albums, including 2020's Perdida.

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The band went out with a bang on this blockbuster LP.
John Prine also hit the stage for the epic club night in Bloomington.
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Only those of a certain age can identify the sound of a very popular toy that's in this classic track.

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