Published Sep 07, 2017Early last year, it was rumoured that the surviving members of Stone Temple Pilots were getting ready to hold public auditions to find a new vocalist. After squashing further reports that Creed's Scott Stapp had been brought on board, it's now been revealed that the band are still in search of someone to get behind the mic.
As Alternative Nation points out, bassist Robert DeLeo spoke about the band's current situation in an interview with Billboard. "Dean [DeLeo, guitarist] and I are always writing music, whether it's for STP or not," he told the publication. "Hopefully we will find a singer who will be that guy, and represent what we want to do moving forward."
DeLeo added that "there's a lot of music to be made," in addition to treating listeners to songs "that we wrote 25, 30 years ago," though the decision on a new vocalist isn't one that would be made hastily.
"When it all comes together, it'll come together," he said. "It'll feel right and we'll proceed forward. This is not an overnight decision. This is a series of getting together with someone and really figuring out what they are all about and if that's right for us."
DeLeo then went into detail on the audition process up to this point:
It's been very interesting. You get some interesting scenarios with people. There's been some colourful people, I should say [laughs] ... Some of these people, they sing in their bedroom and their mom and dad tell 'em they're great. Then they get into a room with a band that's turned up to 10 and expect to lead the band. You can pretty much tell right off the bat that's not happening with certain people. There are a lot of things to look at to really, really choose someone to move forward with.
In 2013, Stone Temple Pilots fired original vocalist Scott Weiland, who later passed way in 2015. Following his departure, late Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington served as the group's vocalist until 2015. The band also recently announced a massive reissue of their debut LP Core.