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Stone Temple Pilots' Robert DeLeo Talks 'High Rise'

In concert, you and Dean were soloing together on Church on Tuesday. Is that something new?

One thing I've got to say about my brother, he brings out the best in me. The way he writes and plays steps up my game. We want to be the best for each other's music, live as well as in the studio.

STP will visit Japan and Australia soon...any other interesting destinations?

We're in talks to stop off in Dubai and possibly Mumbai on our way to Australia. There's always a bit of Indiana Jones when you're in a band.

High Rise has a very STP feel, but also very modern.

It's a natural progression in our sound. We recorded High Rise in my basement. It's funny how a collection of songs can evolve from the point they're conceived, then mixed, and then mastered.

Its light years away from that 'grunge' label some people attached to the band when you started.

When I look back, I think Purple, our second record, was pretty far from grunge, and by Tiny Music it was really far from grunge. High Rise brings me back to the Tiny Music era or even the Purple era. It's just a continuation of our style of writing.

Regarding Core, Purple and Tiny Music , the sound of the band always varied greatly from album to album. Did you consciously set out to push boundaries?

The four of us just had really varied musical tastes. For most bands, the first album is the most aggressive. You're at that age where you're pissed off -- what male isn't angry and aggressive in their 20's? Look at the difference between the Police's first album and Sting's first solo album -- they're a million miles apart. I look at that as a great progression in someone's musicality, and in their life.

The live show is tight...any special preparations this time around?

Chester is giving his all, he's very committed and that brings out a different energy to the three of us, Dean and Eric and me. When you have that standard to live up to, it really inspires you -- you have to step up. The singer is the quarterback of the band. Chester is setting the tone, and the rest of the guys fall right in line with that.

You can sense a different vibe...

Isn't life really about vibes? It permeates not only the band, but the crew and the audience. I think people are very in tune with what's happening, or what's not.

That positive attitude is contagious...

Yes it is. And it's time for it. It's time for it in our lives.

Speaking of which...when someone shows up late on a consistent basis, it usually means that they don't want to be there. Do you feel that perhaps Scott just didn't enjoy performing with the band?

Yes...it's something we've felt for a long time. Definitely felt that for a long time, absolutely.

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