Stone Temple Pilots almost joined forces with Black Crowes singer
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Stone Temple Pilots could have been in a very different place these days if a proposed collaboration with former Black Crowes singer Chris Robinson had worked out. Robinson told AL.com in a new interview that after the Crowes' recent split, he met up with STP bassist Robert DeLeo and guitarist Dean DeLeo, who were on the lookout for a new vocalist.
Robinson recalled, "You know, we sat down and tried to write some songs and stuff and had a nice time, but nothing really came of it. I was already pretty much on my way to, I kind of wanted to get away from the riff-rock oriented, uh, scarves and necklaces and whatever rock 'n' roll -- they're great at it."
Robinson added, "They have written some great songs. I was like 'I don't want to scream and yell over loud guitars. I want to tell these stories and I want my singing and my poetry to have a different relevance to the music.'"
The singer went on to front his own band, the Chris Robinson Brotherhood, while STP went through an extensive audition process and ended up recruiting one-time X Factor contestant Jeff Gutt on the mic.
Gutt made his debut with the group on STP's self-titled seventh studio effort, which arrived last month.
The band will tour this summer with Bush and The Cult on a triple headlining package.