Stone Temple Pilots Pay Tribute To Scott Weiland On First Anniversary Of His Death

It has been exactly one year since the tragic death of Scott Weiland (Stone Temple Pilots, Velvet Revolver, etc.). To commemorate this sad day, his former bandmates in Stone Temple Pilots posted a tribute, which you can read below.

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“Here we are. A year has passed since you’ve been gone.

We often think of you and are reminded of you daily with many memories.

Then there is the music the four of us carved out allowing us to listen and feel how brilliant you are.

There was a time when we looked up to one another.

Each of us wanting one another’s approval.

The songs we wrote had to have complete impact on us in order for them to shine.

When it did… it was unearthly. Perhaps you are in a place now to better describe it.

We miss you Scott.”

Stone Temple Pilots Say They Have “Been Rehearsing With Several Singers Over The Past Few Weeks”

Entertainment Tonight  recently reported that Stone Temple Pilots had recruited former “X Factor” contestant Jeff Gutt as their new vocalist. Now the band have shot down those rumors by sending the site this statement:

“The band has been rehearsing with several singers over the past few weeks. They haven’t made a decision yet.”

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Stone Temple Pilots To Reunite With Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington For From Bach To Rock

Despite parting ways back in November, Chester Bennington (Linkin Park) will join Stone Temple Pilots for a special one-off benefit show. The band will be performing at From Bach To Rock at the Norris Theater in Rancho Palos Verdes, CA, on March 26, to raise money for Palos Verdes Peninsula Public Schools. Other artists set to perform include: Chas West, Monte Pittman, Marten Andersson, Gary Wright, Yutong, Stan Sharp, and Jane Lee.

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Stone Temple Pilots Begin Searching For New Singer

Following the departure of Chester Bennington (Linkin Park), and the tragic death of Scott Weiland, Stone Temple Pilots are officially looking for a new vocalist. If you want to try out, head over to stonetemplepilots.com.

The band issued the following statement:

“2016 marks a new year for Stone Temple Pilots…

A year of hope, optimism, and most importantly, new music! We are immensely proud of all that we have been able to share with you over the years. Music, music, music. We very much want to continue doing that, but that’s going to take a little help from all of you.

As you know, prior to the untimely passing of our brother in arms, Scott, we had been working with the incomparable Chester Bennington. What you also likely know is that having Chester front two bands of this size and scope was too much for one man to be able to do and so regretfully we had to move onto a new chapter together. This is where you come in…

We are officially announcing that we are seeking a new vocalist to front Stone Temple Pilots. We’ve already heard from many talented people, but want to make this an opportunity for many more so we’ve set up a way for you to do just that.

If you think you have what it takes to front this band, record with this band, and tour with this band, we would dig hearing from you. 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! We look forward to seeing you.
Love,
Robert, Eric, Dean“

UPDATE: Dean DeLeo has since talked to Rollings Stone about the search. He said the following:

“We’ll know when it’s the right person before they’ll even open their mouth, just when they walk into the room. We’re looking to be moved by somebody. You know Glen Campbell said to me a long time ago, “Dean, you got to live it to write it” — and you kind of know when that person walks into a room. I want to be hit in that place in my soul where music buries itself. That feeling, man. That’s what we want.”

He also added

“Look, here’s how I look at it: A great singer will carry an average band; a great band won’t carry an average singer. So what we’re looking for is a pretty tall order, man. We’ve had the fortune of playing with some of the greatest and most talented singers out there, Tyler being one of them. Robert, Eric and I know what we want, and, like I said earlier, when that person walks into a room, we’ll know.”

Head to Rolling Stone to read more.

Watch Stone Temple Pilots’ Musical Tribute To Scott Weiland

Stone Temple Pilots have share a video of them paying tribute to their late ex-frontman Scott Weiland. The clip features the band listening to their song “Atlanta,“ and discussing how this particular track really showcases Weiland’s musical abilities. Check it out below:

Dean DeLeo had the following to say to Rolling Stone:

“Recently the three of us sat down together to share our memories of Scott and take a moment to reflect on the amazing times we shared. We put the master up of a song called ‘Atlanta‘ from the No. 4 record that we feel really highlights the true brilliance of Scott. We would like to share it with you. Together let’s honor Scott… ‘Memories of Candles and Incense.’ Having the opportunity to listen to these tracks individually reveal the beauty of Scott’s lyrical and melodic gift. This is one of the many musical moments we shared together. It is in this way we would like to remember Scott.”

Weiland passed away on December 3, 2015, after overdosing on cocaine, MDA and alcohol. He was 48.

Stone Temple Pilots Perform With Joss Stone On “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”

During last night’s episode of “Jimmy Kimmel Live!,” Stone Temple Pilots performed their track “Interstate Love Song” with Joss Stone. You can check out some footage of that below:

STP are currently seeking a new vocalist, after it was revealed that Chester Bennington (Linkin Park) exited the band.

Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington Exits Stone Temple Pilots

Chester Bennington has officially parted ways with Stone Temple Pilots. The vocalist left so he can fully focus on Linkin Park.

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Bennington issued the following statement:

“The last few years have been an amazing experience. I got to create and perform with one of the greatest rock bands of our generation, that had so much influence on me growing up. With the amount of time STP deserves, in addition to being in Linkin Park, and with the needs of my family, one of them always seems to fall short. Going in to this, the four of us… Robert, Eric, Dean and myself knew what we were up against. We decided in due fairness to friends, fans and the legacy of STP that it needs more than time was allowing me. And in all fairness to my bandmates in Linkin Park, as well as to myself and to my family, I’m going to focus solely on Linkin Park so I can contribute 100%. It’s been an amazing experience and a dream come true, and I look forward to the future of both STP and Linkin Park.

Chester”

The band also issued their own statement:

“What an amazing and beautiful few years we’ve all had together. It was our honor to play and see all of you recently on tour. We have thoroughly enjoyed our time together with Chester not only professionally, but even more so on a personal level. Sadly, it was evident that scheduling and time was working against us. Within this, there is a new beginning. There is an abundance of new music written, some of which is already recorded. We have had the fortune of playing with some very talented singers over the last few months and will continue to do so until each of us feels and knows when the right person arrives.

With love,

Robert, Eric, Dean“