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Shangri-La Dee Da
Studio album by
ReleasedJune 19, 2001
ProducerBrendan O'Brien
Stone Temple Pilots chronology
No. 4
Shangri-La Dee Da
Thank You
Singles from Shangri-La Dee Da
  1. "Days of the Week"
    Released: January 1, 2001
  2. "Hollywood Bitch"
    Released: September 3, 2001
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
Allmusic3/5 stars[3]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music3/5 stars[4]
Entertainment WeeklyC+[5]
Mojo3.5/5 stars[6]
PopMatters8/10 stars[8]
Q4/5 stars[9]
Rolling Stone3.5/5 stars[10]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide2.5/5 stars[11]

Shangri-La Dee Da is the fifth studio album by American hard rock band Stone Temple Pilots. It was produced by Brendan O'Brien and released on June 19, 2001, by Atlantic Records. It was their last album to be produced by O'Brien and their last one before disbanding in late 2002.


Shangri-La Dee Da was originally planned to be a double album dedicated to the memory of Andrew Wood, but the concept was vetoed by Atlantic Records. While recording the album, the band also worked on a documentary and coffee table book. Neither was released, however, and limited footage was made available through the band's official website in the form of live performance-based music videos. Despite not selling as well as the band's first four albums, Shangri-La Dee Da was certified Gold by the RIAA and the CRIA and was a commercial success for the band.

Planned double album[edit]

In late 2000, lead singer Scott Weiland said that the band planned to record a double album. Shortly after work got underway, bassist Robert DeLeo said that goal looked realistic, stating:

"Scott's in a space right now where we're not cramming to just get a single record done — he's in a space where I think a double record is possible."

The band's label, Atlantic, was hesitant about the idea and the band eventually conceded.

Documentary and coffee table book[edit]

Chapman Baehler filmed a behind-the-scenes documentary as the band recorded the LP in their beach villa-turned-recording studio. According to Baehler, the documentary set out to be like a modern-day version of the 1970 Beatles documentary Let It Be. The film follows the band through preproduction and hammering out new songs to putting the tunes down on tape. Baehler explained that the documentary included beautiful and moody shots with either Dean or Robert playing an old organ in a secluded wing of the villa, Robert and Scott playing "Wonderful" acoustically, and some "totally awesome rock-out live stuff" in the main recording space.

An established rock photographer who had shot STP for years, Baehler was already working with the band on a coffee-table book when they approached him about the documentary. The project was Baehler's first venture into film-making; all of the footage was shot by him and his sister, Rebecca Baehler. The film and the book were planned for the release in late 2001,[12] but were never released.

Live performances[edit]

Most of the album's songs were seldom performed live with the album's most successful song "Days of the Week" only being performed at a handful of dates on the supporting tour for the album. However, the album's second single "Hollywood Bitch" has become a staple of the band's live set ever since their 2008 reunion.

In 2011, the song "Black Again" was added to STP's setlist, and was performed for the majority of the tour. "Bi-Polar Bear" was also performed occasionally, after the band reunited in 2008.

Appearances in other media[edit]

Track listing[edit]

1."Dumb Love"2:52
2."Days of the Week"2:35
4."Hollywood Bitch"2:44
6."Black Again"3:27
7."Hello It's Late"4:22
8."Too Cool Queenie"2:47
10."Bi-Polar Bear"5:04
11."Transmissions from a Lonely Room"3:15
12."A Song for Sleeping"4:15
13."Long Way Home"4:33
Total length:47:25


  • Scott Weiland – lead vocals, keyboards (tracks 2,8,9)
  • Dean DeLeo – guitar
  • Robert DeLeo – bass, backing vocals, percussion (tracks 4,5, 7), guitar (tracks 4,5), acoustic guitar (tracks 5,7,12), keyboards (tracks 5,7), piano (track 6), autoharp (track 10), electric sitar (track 11)
  • Eric Kretz – drums, percussion (tracks 4,9,10,12), keyboards (track 5), banjo (track 10)

Additional personnel[edit]

  • Brendan O'Brien – producer, mixing, keyboards (tracks 2,6,7,10), percussion (tracks 2,4,8,11)
  • Nick DiDia – recording engineer
  • Doug Grean – engineer
  • Billy Bowers – engineer
  • Karl Egsieker – recording, mix assistant
  • Ryan Williams – mix assistant
  • Bob Ludwig – mastering
  • Erin Haley, Cheryl Mondello – production coordinators
  • Gregory Sylvester – art direction
  • Chapman Baehler – art direction, photography


Album - Billboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
2001 The Billboard 200 9
Top Canadian Albums 5
Top Internet Albums 6

Singles - Billboard (North America)

Year Single Chart Position
2001 "Days of the Week" Mainstream Rock Tracks 4
Modern Rock Tracks 5
"Hollywood Bitch" Mainstream Rock Tracks 25
Modern Rock Tracks 29


Region Certification Certified units/sales
Canada (Music Canada)[13] Gold 50,000^
United States (RIAA)[14] Gold 500,000^


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  2. ^ "Reviews for Shangri-La Dee Da". Metacritic. Retrieved 2012-08-24.
  3. ^ Shangri-La Dee Da at AllMusic
  4. ^ Larkin, Colin (2011). "Stone Temple Pilots". The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (5th concise ed.). Omnibus Press. ISBN 0-85712-595-8.
  5. ^ "Shangri-LA Dee Da Review". Entertainment Weekly. June 22, 2001. Retrieved 2012-08-24.
  6. ^ "Stone Temple Pilots : Shangri-La Dee". Mojo: 114. September 2001.
  7. ^ Segal, Victoria (2001-08-13). "Album Reviews - Stone Temple Pilots : Shangri-La Dee Da". NME. Retrieved 2012-08-24.
  8. ^ Koba, Kirsten (2001-06-18). "Stone Temple Pilots: Shangri La Dee Da". PopMatters. Retrieved 2012-08-24.
  9. ^ "Stone Temple Pilots : Shangri-La Dee". Q: 130. October 2001.
  10. ^ Kot, Greg (2001-06-11). "Stone Temple Pilots: Shangri-La Dee Da : Music Reviews". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 2007-01-06. Retrieved 2012-08-24.
  11. ^ Sheffield, Rob (2004). "Stone Temple Pilots". The New Rolling Stone Album Guide (4th ed.). Simon & Schuster. pp. 785. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.
  12. ^ Teri vanHorn (April 5, 2001). "Stone Temple Pilots Finish Recording, Preparing Documentary". MTV News. Retrieved 2008-04-10.
  13. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Stone Temple Pilots – Shangri-La Dee Da". Music Canada.
  14. ^ "American album certifications – Stone Temple Pilots – Shangri-La Dee Da". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH. 

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