According to The Pulse Of Radio, STONE TEMPLE PILOTS have completed their online open audition submissions for a new singer. Many of the musicians who posted audition tapes also paid tribute to late lead singer Scott Weiland, who was dismissed in 2013 and who died on his tour bus this past December while on a solo tour. The surviving band members posted on the official STP web site that they’ve been listening to “thousands” of submissions with more to go.
Guitarist Dean DeLeo spoke about the response to the open call. “We’ve received an outlandish amount of people sending stuff in,” he said. “You know, thousands upon thousands. We just want one! [Laughs] So Robert [DeLeo, bass] and Eric [Kretz, drums] and I are definitely up for the task and we’ll see what we come up with. You know, I promise you one thing: we’re not gonna settle. This person has to be really, really great. You know, we had the fortune of being in a band with one of the greats — twice! You know, Chester included. So we’re not gonna settle.”
STP began a search for a new vocalist following the departure late last year of Chester Bennington, who joined the band in early 2013 following Weiland’s exit.
Bennington ended his time with STP in order to concentrate on his main act, LINKIN PARK, as well as spend more time with his family.
Bennington recorded one EP with the band, “High Rise”, and did a handful of tours during his tenure.
In announcing the auditions, the members of STP wrote, “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!”
The results of the search are expected to be revealed later in the year.