Stone Temple Pilots Announce Worldwide Lead Singer Search

Stone Temple Pilots 2016. Promo photo by Ryan Williams

Stone Temple Pilots' three remaining members officially announced a worldwide search for a new lead singer February 5th, 2015. On the official STP website the band posted a video of themselves playing an abbreviated version of "Trippin' On A Hole In A Paper Heart" followed by bassist Robert Deleo addressing the camera saying, "Hey, Dean and Eric and I are looking for a singer. Stone Temple Pilots wants you." In the band's written statement that follows the video on their website (see full statement below) they wrote, "If you think you have what it takes to front this band, record with this band, and tour with this band, we would dig hearing from you.

No one will ever “replace” Scott, that was never the intent. The intent is for Stone Temple Pilots to continue on, to evolve, and to do what we do… make music! We look forward to seeing you."

STP Fire Scott Weiland and Hire Temporary Replacement Chester Bennington

STP parted ways with original singer Scott Weiland in 2013 and replaced him with Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington. The band recorded the EP High Rise with Bennington in 2013 and toured sporadically with him until 2015. On November 9, 2015, Bennington announced that he was amicably leaving STP to focus entirely on Linkin Park. Weiland's death from a drug overdose on December 3, 2015 closed the door on ever reuniting the band's original lineup.

Stone Temple Pilots' instrumentalists – bassist Robert Deleo, guitarist Dean DeLeo, and drummer Eric Kretz – settled with Weiland out of court in 2013 and retained the rights to tour and record under the name Stone Temple Pilots.

Although some fans have expressed displeasure with STP for continuing on without Weiland, it's clear that the remaining STP members intend to carry on making music with a new singer.

STP Members Previously Formed the bands Talk Show and Army of Anyone without Weiland

Previously, in 1997, the DeLeo brothers and Kretz started a new band called Talk Show with singer Dave Coutts.

The band toured as an opening act for Foo Fighters and Aerosmith and their self-titled album received positive reviews, but the band received little radio airplay and had disappointing album sales. Coutts left the band in 1998 and the project was shelved. Around the same time Scott Weiland's 1998 solo album 12 Bar Blues and tour were also commercial disappointments. STP reunited with Weiland from 1998 to 2002 recording and touring until the band's first break up in 2003.

Weiland joined Velvet Revolver in 2003 with former Gun N' Roses members guitarist Slash, bassist Duff McKagen, and drummer Matt Sorum along with rhythm guitarist Dave Kushner. Velvet Revolver recorded two successful albums – Contraband and Libertad – before disbanding in 2008. Meanwhile Robert and Dean Deleo formed Army of Anyone in 2005 with Filter frontman Richard Patrick and drummer Ray Luzier. Despite favorable reviews, Army of Anyone's 2006 self-titled album was a commercial disappointment. After their tour ended in 2007 the group went "on hiatus" without officially breaking up. Patrick reformed Filter in 2007 and Luzier joined Korn in 2008 – becoming a full band member in 2009.

STP Members Reunited with Weiland in 2008, Fired Him in 2013, and Now Own the STP Name

Stone Temple Pilots reunited with Weiland in 2008 for a reunion tour and released their self-titled sixth studio album in 2010. STP continued to tour with Weiland until 2011. In 2012, Weiland decided to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of STP's debut album, Core, with his solo band's "Purple at the Core" tour which upset the other members of STP. This led to his firing and temporary replacement by Chester Bennington.

Having gained complete control of the Stone Temple Pilots name, the DeLeo brothers and Eric Kretz are now announcing an open search for a new singer. Whether the band will pick an unknown singer or use their open audition as a publicity opportunity and later pick a known singer remains to be seen. It stands to reason that STP will be reluctant to share a singer with another successful band as they did with Linkin Park's Chester Bennington.

STP Singer Audition Requirements

Stone Temple Pilots' lead singer submissions can be sent and viewed on the band’s official website here. Applicants must submit an introductory video, an audio cover of a STP song, a photo, and a short biography. All submissions will be made public. 

Read Stone Temple Pilots' complete statement below:

2016 marks a new year for Stone Temple Pilots…

A year of hope, optimism, and most importantly, new music! We are immensely proud of all that we have been able to share with you over the years. Music, music, music. We very much want to continue doing that, but that's going to take a little help from all of you.

As you know, prior to the untimely passing of our brother in arms, Scott, we had been working with the incomparable Chester Bennington. What you also likely know is that having Chester front two bands of this size and scope was too much for one man to be able to do and so regretfully we had to move onto a new chapter together. This is where you come in…

We are officially announcing that we are seeking a new vocalist to front Stone Temple Pilots. We've already heard from many talented people, but want to make this an opportunity for many more so we've set up a way for you to do just that.

If you think you have what it takes to front this band, record with this band, and tour with this band, we would dig hearing from you. No one will ever "replace" Scott, that was never the intent. The intent is for Stone Temple Pilots to continue on, to evolve, and to do what we do… make music! We look forward to seeing you.

Love,

Robert, Eric, Dean