New Stone Temple Pilots singer says he's "blessed and very honored"
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New Stone Temple Pilots singer Jeff Gutt told the Oakland Press that he is "blessed and very honored" to have been chosen to front the band, which he called "the Led Zeppelin of my generation." The one-time The X Factor contestant was officially announced as the third frontman in the group's history on Tuesday evening (November 14th) prior to the band giving a special performance at the Troubadour nightclub in Los Angeles. A new STP single, titled "Meadow," has already been released, with a full-length album to follow in the spring.
Gutt, who said that joining the band was "surreal," explained, "I've had some time to get used to the idea. I was just sitting on the sidelines watching it all unfurl and knowing what was going to happen before anyone else did. I knew I had a secret I was about to reveal, which was cool . . . I feel like I'm living in a movie."
- Gutt, a runner-up on The X Factor's third season, originally auditioned for STP in September 2016 and became an official member of the band in May 2017. He beat out 15,000 other potential vocalists who made submissions to the band and 29 others who actually auditioned.
- He has spent the last year secretly writing and recording new material with band members Dean DeLeo, Robert DeLeo and Eric Kretz. Dean said in a statement, "We wanted someone who would not only do our earlier songs justice, but would also write new songs and carve out a different path forward with us. It took some time, but we found our guy.”
- STP had been without a vocalist since November 2015, when Chester Bennington -- who joined the group in early 2013 -- departed to spend more time with his main band Linkin Park. Bennington committed suicide last July.
- Scott Weiland, who reunited with the group in 2010 after an eight-year hiatus but was dismissed in 2013, died in December 2015 of a drug overdose while on a solo tour.
- Gutt said that he wants to honor his predecessors' legacy and bring something new to the band, remarking, "I was studying Scott when I was coming into singing myself, and I learned so much from (listening to) him. It was fun to incorporate all those things in my own way and still sing true to Scott's stuff and really keep that as true as I could."
- STP recently completed recording their seventh full-length studio album and first since 2010. The as-yet-untitled effort will arrive sometime in early 2018.