Creed singer Scott Stapp has confirmed that he has joined Art Of Anarchy, the band that released a self-titled debut album last year which featured vocals from late Stone Temple Pilotsfrontman Scott Weiland. The group also features Disturbed bassist John Moyer and ex-Guns N’ Roses guitarist Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal in addition to brothers Jon and Vince Votta on guitars and drums respectively.
Stapp’s involvement with Art Of Anarchy was originally going to be announced in July, but Stapp decided to reveal it now to “clarify” recent speculation that he might have joined Stone Temple Pilots as that band’s new singer. The STP rumor was apparently semi-started by Stapp himself, who said he could “neither confirm nor deny” when asked in a radio interview earlier this week if he had been recruited by STP. But STP shot that down in a brief statement on Monday (May 2nd), saying, “Despite recent comments, Scott Stapp is not, nor has he ever been considered as the singer for STP.”
- Stapp’s new statement said, “I wanted to clarify any confusions on STP and my comment. First off, Scott Weiland in STP is irreplaceable. I was recently asked what I’m currently working on in an interview and could not reveal details or announce this new project. This led the interviewer to assume it was STP and he eagerly kept asking for more details. Evidently my response caused confusion.”
- Stapp added, “Art Of Anarchy is the project that I was referring to in the interview, not STP. Scott Weiland was a part of Art Of Anarchy and that’s the six degrees of separation I was referring to. Always been a fan of STP and I wish them all the best in their search for a new singer.”
- According to Stapp, his first single and album with Art Of Anarchy will arrive later this year.
- Stapp went through a highly publicized, drug-enhanced meltdown in 2014, after which he entered into an intensive rehab program and was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Stapp is now sober and in intensive therapy, although he recently began touring as a solo artist again.
CHECK IT OUT: Art Of Anarchy tweeted an official photo welcoming Stapp to the band:
- Do you think that Stapp caused the “confusion” himself with his initially murky comments? Or did the DJ and then the Internet leap to conclusions too fast?
- Do you think Scott Stapp fits with Art Of Anarchy? How does a band go from a singer like Scott Weiland to a very different vocalist like Scott Stapp?
- Does Stapp run the risk of getting himself in trouble again if he tours with a new band?
INTERNET COMMENTS at Blabbermouth — agree or not?
Roman Baltimore wrote: “I wish Scott well. He’s a great frontman and singer.”
Lorrie Danny Sansone wrote: “Scott’ Weiland’s voice was Stellar on this Art of Anarchy record probably the best vocals I’ve ever heard from him .Scott Stapp has some big shoes to fill.”
David Nelson wrote: “This is hilarious, did the media jump the gun on this story or what? They even went so far as to ask STP if he was joining them. Funny…but either way its still going to suck.”
Shawn Perry wrote: “Unfortunate. It’s a decent album that Scott will not be able to sing.”