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Multi-platinum rockers Stone Temple Pilots play at Penn’s Peak in Jim Thorpe on Nov. 7

Multi-platinum rockers Stone Temple Pilots play at Penn’s Peak in Jim Thorpe on Nov. 7
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From a press release:

Supporting their second album with new lead singer Jeff Gutt, alternative rock band Stone Temple Pilots are back on the road and will perform at Penn’s Peak in Jim Thorpe on Sunday, Nov. 7 with Nashville rockers Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown.

Doors at Penn’s Peak (325 Maury Rd., Jim Thorpe) open at 7 p.m., and the concert starts at 8 p.m.

Tickets, which are $37 in advance or $42 the day of the show, go on sale this Friday, Aug. 20 at 10 a.m. ​via Ticketmaster, the Penn’s Peak box office, and at Roadies Restaurant and Bar (325 Maury Rd., Jim Thorpe). Box office and Roadies Restaurant ticket sales are walk-up only; no phone orders.

With over 70 million albums sold, Stone Temple Pilots roared on to the scene in 1992 with their raucous debut, “Core.” A breakout success, the album peaked No. 3 on the Billboard 200 chart and dominated radio waves with hits like “Sex Type Thing,” “Wicked Garden,” and the Grammy-Award winning smash single “Plush.”

They quickly distinguished themselves as a band beholden to no trend. Boasting the inimitable riffs of guitarist Dean DeLeo, the propulsive rhythm section of bassist Robert DeLeo and drummer Eric Kretz, and the charismatic baritone of frontman Scott Weiland, STP ruled airways, video playlists, and charts alike over their legendary career. Weiland died of an accidental drug overdose in 2015, and Chester Bennington sang with the band from 2013 through 2015, leaving to focus on his band, Linkin Park, before taking his own life in 2017.

The surviving band members introduced Jeff Gutt in November of 2017, moments before he joined them on stage at the Troubadour in Los Angeles for the band’s first concert together.

The path leading up to that show began in September 2016 when Gutt was invited to join the band after an extensive search to find the group’s third singer. The transition was virtually seamless, Kretz recalled.

“The chemistry was there from the start, and Jeff kept coming up with one great melody after another. We ended up finishing 14 songs, which is the most that Stone Temple Pilots has ever recorded for an album.”

The group recorded over several months in Los Angeles at Robert’s home studio. One of the earliest songs to take shape was “Meadow,” a straight-ahead rocker that became their 2018 self-titled album’s lead single.

“We’d written several songs before Jeff joined, and he took everything we threw at him and ran with it lyrically and melodically. What impressed all of us is how he lets the song dictate his direction instead of the other way around,” Robert explained.

Gutt said the band really clicked after writing their first song together, a track called “The Art of Letting Go.”

“Dean was messing around on an acoustic guitar and I started singing along. Pretty soon, everyone was in the room and all the pieces fell into place. It’s such a beautiful song and something we’re all very proud of.”

The songs “Meadow” and “Never Enough” channel the gritty guitars and swaggering rhythms that STP perfected on “Core,” “Purple” (1994), and “No. 4” (1999). “Roll Me Under” glides along a nimble bass line before slamming into the chorus, where Gutt’s baritone digs in.

“We are thrilled about what lies ahead. The best way for us to honor our past is to keep making new music,” Dean said.

They continued doing just that with their eighth studio recording and first all-acoustic album, “Perdida.” Released on Feb. 7, 2020, Paste magazine described it as the most sonically rich experience that Stone Temple Pilots have offered fans to date.