Stone Temple Pilots confirm working with new vocalist
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Stone Temple Pilots have confirmed in an interview with Rolling Stone that they are working with a new vocalist and hope to announce his identity in the next few weeks, nearly two years after the passing of original vocalist Scott Weiland and more than two months following the death of Weiland's replacement, Chester Bennington.
Bassist Robert DeLeo said, "We've been working with someone -- I don't want to name names yet -- and we're making music. I don't know if he's well known or unknown; I don't look at him as 'well known.' But we're writing music and we're hopefully looking at finishing a record and putting it out soon."
- Robert's comments echoed that of his brother, STP guitarist Dean DeLeo, who told Los Angeles radio station KLOS last week that STP's search for a new singer was "looking good, man . . . it won't be too long."
- Two names that have circulated among fans after STP held open auditions last year are one-time X Factor contestant Jeff Gutt and Filipino vocalist John Borja.
- The members of STP are currently promoting the 25th anniversary expanded reissue of STP's debut album, Core, which arrives Friday (September 29th) -- 25 years to the day of the LP's original release.
- Robert DeLeo has said that the band had no idea at the time what kind of impact Core would have: "We had no idea what that was going to do. All we really knew is we sincerely believed in what we were doing, and that's really what mattered, is we finally had the chance to express what we were going through in life at the time."
- STP has been without a singer since November 2015, when Bennington -- who joined in early 2013 -- departed to spend more time with his main band Linkin Park.
- 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.
- The DeLeos also discussed in an interview with Yahoo! the difficulty they experienced working with Weiland during his last years in STP, which yielded one self-titled LP.
- Robert said, "It was literally the three of us in a place, and Scott over here somewhere else, sending over vocals . . . when those vocals were coming over, they were not satisfactory. They just were not.”
- Dean added, "It was very evident where Scott was going. He had a new posse of people around him that just kept feeding him all that he was. They left out one vital part of that, and that was his health and well-being, because everybody just wanted money.”