Stone Temple Pilots guitarist Dean DeLeo and bassist Robert DeLeo spoke with Rolling Stone on Friday (May 20th) about the progress of their search for a new lead singer, which began with open auditions in February and has continued recently with a smaller series of private tryouts. Robert said, “We’re trying some singers out to continue Stone Temple Pilots, and we’ll see where that goes, see where that takes us.” Dean added, “We’re looking for somebody that fills a lot of criteria. Man, woman. There’s a couple of people we really dig and we have some more coming in.”

  • STP is looking for a new vocalist following last year’s death of founding frontman Scott Weiland and the end of a short-lived collaboration with Linkin Parksinger Chester Bennington, which produced a five-song EP in 2013.
  • Weiland and the rest of STP were not on good terms when he died from a drug overdose at the age of 48 during a solo tour last December.
  • Robert admitted, “It’s impossible to replace Scott. It really is. We created something that only the four of us could create. It’s about moving forward, but it’s also about someone honoring that and being able to get their creativity around that.”
  • Dean DeLeo told us a while back that the remaining members of STP did not want to diminish what the original group achieved: [“We are very aware of what the four of us created together. When the four of us were together and we made records and we made music, the end result was pretty good. I was usually pretty satisfied with it. But getting there was miserable. But you know, I’m very proud and very honored to have made these musical contributions with the four of us, and I think it’s important that we recognize that, you know.”] SOUNDCUE (:24 OC: . . . that, you know.)
  • Although the members of STP have not revealed the names of anyone who has auditioned for the band, at least two singers have hinted that they were in the running. One was Toryn Green, who sang for the band Fuel from 2007 through 2010, singing on an album called Angels & Devils.
  • The DeLeo brothers recently appeared live at a charity event, performing STP songs with Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor and singer Jordan Wright, son of veteran rock artist Gary Wright.

DAILY INQUIRY:

  • Should STP go with a total unknown or someone who is already familiar to rock fans?
  • In your perfect scenario, who could sing for STP now?
  • Should they abandon the STP name just because it’s a different singer?
  • Is Scott Weiland really irreplaceable?

INTERNET COMMENTS at Rolling Stone — agree or not?

ItsOverBoys wrote: “There’s always a few who just don’t know when the party’s over. If you can really succeed on your musical merit, get a good singer, get a new band name, write new songs, throw some STP songs in the set list. But except for the diehard apologists, no one is really going to think it’s Stone Temple Pilots at this point.”

Meh wrote: “The problem is whether or not these 3 intend to replace Scott, the fans are going to constantly compare the new lead singer to him. Just like they did with Chester. Chester is a greater singer, but he wasn’t Scott. Given that STP has been around for over 20 years, the fans that matter have deep emotional connections not just to the music but the band.”

Tutone wrote: “I for one am very much looking forward to more music from the DeLeo brothers along with Kretz and a new vocalist. These cats know how to write quality rock n’ roll music, something that is dead and gone from today’s generation.”

Mark James Carlyle wrote: “Voices can be replicated or even changed in a band and still have a positive role musically. The question is can a new singer contribute lyrically and the band still remain STP.”

Barbara wrote: “These guys are super talented, but change your name. Too much Weiland baggage. You deserve success stop riding on the coat tails of the past!”