By: Gary Graff
Stone Temple Pilots wants fans to have a role in making the video for "Black Heart," the next single from its new "High Rise" EP.
The group has teamed with the Australian-based Genero.tv to ask for video treatments for the song from both professional and amateur filmmakers; the winner will receive $5,000 in addition to having the idea made into a video.
STP bassist Robert DeLeo says that while firing frontman Scott Weiland and replacing him with Linkin Park's Chester Bennington has polarized some fans, he thinks most STP devotees have been on board with the move:
"We have a lot to prove. There's a lot to prove. I know that...And there's a lot of people that, I've had a lot of people personally come up to me and go, 'I get it, man. I get it.' And, y'know, the one thing I can say about people who have negative things to say is, 'You weren't f***in' there. You weren't there. You didn't, you weren't there.' You know what I mean? The people that were there are like, 'Yeah, wow, yeah, I get it, man. I get it. Great choice and move on and, y'know, I want to see you happy. I want to see all you guys happy.' "
Details about the video contest can be found at www.genero.tv/stonetemplepilots/.
"High Rise," STP's first release on its own 13Star label, debuted at No. 24 on the Billboard 200 chart after its October 8 release.
The group next plays November 1 at Hard Rock Live in Biloxi, Miss., and has sporadic U.S. dates in November and December, with a run on the Soundwave Festival in Australia during late February and early March.
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