Stone Temple Pilots Shangri-La Dee Da Documentary (partially found unreleased Stone Temple Pilots documentary film; early 2000s)
Stone Temple Pilots Shangri-La Dee Da Documentary is an unreleased documentary produced by Chapman Baehler covering the making of Shangri-La Dee Da (Stone Temple Pilots' fifth album).
Although the documentary wasn't officially titled, it was set to be released in late 2001 along with a coffee table book, after the release of the album. It was set to be the "Modern Day Let It Be" (referring to Michael Lindsay-Hogg's film about the Beatles' final album of the same name). 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.
It is unknown why the film was never released, many reasons point to the album not performing well on the charts despite performing well with critics and fans alike, the band wanting to make Shangri a double album but the label Atlantic was hesitant about the idea or the inner conflict between the band members which resulted in the band breaking up in 2003 following a physical altercation between lead singer Scott Weiland and guitarist Dean Deleo after their final show the year prior.
On November 11th, 2003, Atlantic Records released a compilation album and DVD titled Thank You. The DVD includes footage from the cancelled documentary, including performances of "Days Of The Week," "Hollywood Bitch," "Wonderful, Hello It's Late" and "Too Cool Queenie" (songs from Shangri-La Dee Da). Also on the Thank You DVD is a montage of the band's performances (from 1992 to 2001) and backstage antics set to the band's 1992 hit "Dead & Bloated." At the beginning of the montage, a snippet of footage from the documentary was used. The footage is of Eric Kretz (the band's drummer) walking downstairs in a rope with a coffee mug in his hand and the location is The Malibu House in Malibu, California (the house where the band record Shangri-La Dee Da). This is the only footage from the documentary that has seen the light of day.
- Archived MTV article on the Stone Temple Pilots finishing recording the documentary. Retrieved 07 Mar '20
- Article on why Shangri-La Dee Da didn’t end up as a two disc album. Retrieved 01 Jul '20
- The Recorder Online article about the history and future of Stone Temple Pilots. Retrieved 07 Mar '20