Eric Kretz

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Eric Kretz
Kretz performing with STP at the Hollywood Bowl in June 2008
Kretz performing with STP at the Hollywood Bowl in June 2008
Background information
Born (1966-06-07) June 7, 1966 (age 56)
San Jose, California, U.S.
GenresAlternative rock, hard rock, grunge, psychedelic rock
Occupation(s)Musician, songwriter
Instrument(s)Drums, keyboards, banjo, guitar
Years active1984–present

Eric Kretz (born June 7, 1966) is an American musician and producer, best known as the drummer for the rock band Stone Temple Pilots. He is of German descent. He has also played for Talk Show and Spiralarms. Kretz, who was born in San Jose, California, attended and graduated from Willow Glen High School in San Jose in 1984. He currently owns and operates Bomb Shelter Studios in Los Angeles.

While in STP, Kretz has kept somewhat of a low profile but still contributed to the band's songwriting, most notably writing the music to the band's 1996 hit "Trippin' on a Hole in a Paper Heart." Along with lead vocalist Scott Weiland, Kretz also wrote the lyrics to the Grammy Award-winning hit "Plush" off STP's 1992 debut Core.

Kretz has worked with several notable artists, particularly engineering and mixing the live recordings for The Henry Rollins Show of songs by artists such as Thom Yorke, Ben Harper, Damian Marley, Slayer, Jurassic 5, Death Cab for Cutie, and more.[1] Kretz has cited John Bonham, Bill Bruford and Neil Peart as the drummers who have influenced him the most.[2]


Kretz performing at the Rolling Rock Town Fair on August 4, 2001

In the Core era, Kretz used a Yamaha Rock Tour Custom drumset before switching to GMS Drums in late 1992/early 1993.[3]


  1. ^ "Eric Kretz Discography" (PDF).
  2. ^ "STONE TEMPLE PILOTS' ERIC KRETZ Names Drummers That Inspired Him to Play". May 30, 2018.
  3. ^ "Eric Kretz Interview – Stone Temple Pilots – GMS Drum Co. WATCH IN HQ". YouTube. December 26, 2008. Archived from the original on December 21, 2021. Retrieved October 20, 2011.

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