It has been a difficult past few years for Stone Temple Pilots. In February 2013, the band fired longtime vocalist Scott Weiland, ending his long and rocky tenure with the DeLeo brothers and Eric Kretz. Chester Bennington officially replaced Weiland later that year, filling in admirably for Scott and recording an EP with the band. Bennington left STP in November of 2015 on amicable terms to fulfill his obligations to Linkin Park. Less than a month later, Weiland was found dead on his tour bus. And later, Bennington took his own life in July 2017.
The three remaining members of Stone Temple Pilots began their search for a new singer shortly after Bennington left. And nearly a year and a half later, it appears STP have found their new singer.
Speaking with Eddie Trunk, guitarist Dean DeLeo says, "I think we have somebody that fits the bill. We've been very busy."
Robert DeLeo adds that he, Dean and Kretz, "had about fifteen-thousand people to audition through. Literally, Dean and Eric and I went through fifteen, twenty thousand people, twice." The band held open auditions for the spot, encouraging hopefuls to submit their work to the band online.
Dean later adds, "It's a lot to ask of someone to be able to respect the catalog vocally and move forward with new material, it's a lot to ask of someone... We're pretty excited. We feel like we're sitting on the goose that lays the golden egg, man."
When asked why the band hasn't announced the name of the singer, Dean alluded to the fact that this new singer is not a 100% done deal and says the band will make the announcement when the time is right.
Apart from working on new material with this new-found singer, the three current official members of STP are currently promoting the 25th Anniversary Deluxe editions of the band's first album Core.
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