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     Stone Temple Pilots To Do "Hedwig," Promote "No. 4" Without Weiland

From MTV Online
September 16, 1999

With a new album, "No. 4," scheduled to arrive in stores on October 26, the Stone Temple Pilots will be performing and promoting the LP without singer Scott Weiland in the coming weeks, including a private club performance for the stageplay "Hedwig and the Angry Inch."

The immediate future will see bassist Robert DeLeo, guitarist Dean DeLeo, and drummer Eric Kretz playing a private party on September 21 at an L.A. nightclub celebrating the upcoming West Coast production of "Hedwig," which is being produced by David Bowie.

Created by actor John Cameron Mitchell and rocker Stephen Trask, the popular and critically acclaimed rock musical tells the story of a "girlie-boy" singer who undergoes a botched sex-change operation. At the private party, Mitchell will be reprising his title role (which he originated in New York City) and STP will be performing as Hedwig's backing band.

Trask's group, Cheater, has been handling the band role in New York; that will not be the case for the West Coast production. Michael Cerveris is currently scheduled to take the role of Hedwig in L.A., and a spokesperson for the production said the other actors and musicians have not been cast.

A management spokesperson for STP told MTV News that the group has no current plans to perform with "Hedwig" after the private club gig. However, a spokesperson for the group's label, Atlantic Records (which also released the "Hedwig" original cast recording), is not ruling out further involvement from STP once the production opens on October 31.

Meanwhile, STP manager Steve Stewart told MTV News that the CD's first single, "Down," is being rush-released after the record was leaked to radio stations several weeks early. "Down" is now scheduled to be shipped out next week.

The group is currently completing a video for the song, and according to Stewart, the video will combine conceptual segments with live tape from the band's recent surprise concert in Las Vegas

The STP manager also confirmed that the band, sans Weiland, is about to embark on a press tour to promote "No. 4" to markets in the States and Canada. The frontman is currently incarcerated at an area prison rehab facility after violating parole for past drug possession busts


Hedwig and the Angry Inch Backed by STP
Atlantic Records report
September 22, 1999

After a celebrated streak on the Broadway circuit, Hedwig and the Angry Inch kicked off its upcoming LA run with a preview party at Hollywood’s club Vynyl last night. The LA shows officially begin October 31st, and judging from last night’s reception, they will be loud and well-received. Lead singers came in the form of accomplished rock opera veteran Michael Cerveris, who got assistance from show co-creators John Cameron Mitchell (of New York Hedwig singing renown) and Stephen Trask. And playing backup was none other than Stone Temple Pilots !

Slated only as surprise guests, the three Pilots (Dean Deleo on guitar, Robert Deleo on bass, and Eric Kretz on drums) had seen the celebrated transgender rock musical in New York, and were ecstatic to be involved. Currently jailed STP frontman Scott Weiland was not forgotten though, and a version of "Big Bang Baby" was played and dedicated to him in his absence.

The LA reception was so positive (among those in the audience, Ben Stiller and Cameron Diaz), that the cast expressed hope the Pilots might be involved in future shows. What with the October 26th release of the band’s newest album, No. 4, finding time would likely prove a problem.



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