The ties that bind Stone Temple Pilots to The Garden State come from brothers DiLeo - both born in New Jersey and both grew up along the Jersey Shore before reaching rock stardom.  Dean and Rob will be on stage at Revel Resort on Friday night as STP takes over Ovation Hall.

STP has been the same 4 members since its inception - Scott Weiland, Eric Kretz, and the DiLeo brothers.  Together they have created some of the best rock/pop music over the last 20 years - 6 #1 Rock Hits along with 6 Top-40 hits in their 6 CD releases.  The band's first CD "Core" is about to celebrate its 20th Anniversary in September.

One of the first radio stations in the country to play music off of Core was a station in New Jersey.  Dean and Rob DiLeo walked into a little house in Eatontown (Monmouth County) that was the home of WHTG (you may have heard of G Rock in the last decade), introduced themselves, and next thing you know they were on the air talking about their project.  "Sex Type Thing" went over the Jersey Shore airwaves, and their lives have never been the same since.

Dean (who turns 51 on Thursday, Aug. 23) was born in Newark, and Rob (46) was born in Montclair.  Their family found their way migrating to Point Pleasant where they spent their youth - Rob has talked about surfing on the Jersey beach when he was growing up in the past.  The brothers still have family members in the Ocean County area.

Dean and Rob left for California in the mid-80s and met Weiland, embarked playing gigs in San Diego under the name Mighty Joe Young, got signed to Atlantic Records but could not use their band name due to another band having that name, and eventually were infatuated with the STP Motor Oil logo.  They fit their new name around the logo, and the rest is quite a history.

Tickets for Stone Temple Pilots on Friday are still available for are $45, $65, $95 and $200.  The show begins at 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 24, at Ovation Hall.

Welcome Home Rob and Dean!