Like a Rhinestone Temple Pilot

Like a Rhinestone Temple Pilot – Brief Article

Byline: JON WIEDERHORN

Stone Temple Pilots are famous for penning granite-solid hard-rock songs such as “Big Bang Baby” and “Vaseline.” Country-pop star Glen Campbell, on the other hand, is best known for writing easy-listening classics such as “Rhinestone Cowboy.” Not many radio programmers play the artists back-to-back, and it’s probable that more people have actually been probed by aliens than have seen the divergent artists hanging out together. Be that as it may, the STP brothers – guitarist Dean DeLeo and bassist Robert DeLeo – are writing songs that could appear on Campbell’s next album. The connection is a winding one. The DeLeos have often spoken of their love for Campbell in interviews, and last year Pilots singer Scott Weiland produced a handful of songs for Campbell’s son Cal’s band. Cal introduced Dean and Robert to his dad, and before long the elder Campbell had invited the Pilots to record new versions of the tunes he made famous, including “Wichita Lineman” and “By the Time I Get to Phoenix.” It was a short leap from there to full-fledged collaboration, and the brothers began writing original material for Campbell. So far they’ve written a handful of new songs, but none have been recorded.

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