Stone Temple Pilots have announced the official end to the first phase of their hunt for a new lead vocalist, with the band closing the open submission period and narrowing down the search to a few candidates who will now audition for the group. The members of STP wrote online, “We wanted to once again thank all of those who took the time to submit . . . With MANY hours clocked in behind the computer, the 3 of us have chosen and are auditioning some very talented people. Auditions will start on April 18th. We are thrilled to get in a room with each of these very talented individuals.”

We asked guitarist Dean DeLeo how he thinks the band members will know when they’ve got the right person: [“You know that feeling you get when someone opens their mouth to sing, you know. They could sing three words and you know. You’re either in or you’re out, and I think we’ll know that.”] SOUNDCUE (:10 OC: . . . we’ll know that.)

  • The band decided to accept open submissions for a new vocalist after singer Chester Bennington exited the lineup in 2015 to focus on his other band, Linkin Park.
  • Original singer Scott Weiland, who STP parted ways with in 2002 and again in 2010, died last December, dashing any hopes that the band might reunite again with him.
  • Singers interested in auditioning for STP had to submit audio or video recordings of themselves singing “Interstate Love Song,” “Vasoline” and “Trippin’ On A Hole In A Paper Heart.” Fans visiting STP’s website could view the submissions and offer their opinions.
  • The results of the search are expected to be revealed later in the year.

Meanwhile, Scott Weiland’s widow, photographer Jamie Wachtel Weiland, has filed a claim against his estate saying the late singer owes her $64,406. According to TMZ, Jamie says she and Scott signed a prenuptial agreement before their 2013 wedding which provided that the musician would put $2,000 into a separate account each month that they were married, with a provision that the amount would increase by seven percent annually. But Jamie says Scott had only made two deposits by the time he died in December 2015.

The agreement that Jamie and Scott signed is said to clearly state that what was Scott’s before their marriage remained his, and vice versa, while it also waived Jamie’s right to spousal support.

Scott’s previous wife and the mother of his two children, Mary Forsberg, filed court documents on December 30th asking to be named the executor of Weiland’s will. She also filed a copy of the will, written in April 2007, with his signature as proof. His estate is reportedly worth $2 million, including a trust with undisclosed assets.

DAILY INQUIRY:

  • Do you think STP will find a genuinely great singer through the open audition process?
  • Should they look for someone who is like Scott, or go for a completely different style?
  • Have you ever been in a situation — auditioning someone for a band, going on a date, or even interviewing a person for a job — where you knew they were “the one”?
  • Is it crass of Jamie Weiland to ask her dead husband for $64K?

INTERNET COMMENTS at Alternative Nation — agree or not?

Felonious Punk wrote: “Nothing says ‘I loved him for him’ like a nice big ‘Hey, my dead husband owes me a fat chunk of cash, pay up now.'”

Chris Stewart wrote: “At least 64 grand is a realistic number. Scott had to have been broke.”

Pink Taco wrote: “This singer search is complete and total rubbish. making a mockery of their legacy. INXS all over again. look how that ended up. I love STP but this is a bloody shambles.”

Corndog Mod wrote: “Yeah something about the entire process just doesn’t sit right. It feels beneath them or something. I can’t put my finger on it.”