Stone Temple Pilots Introduce New Singer, Unveil New Single
Stone Temple Pilots are back. On November 14, at the Troubadour in Los Angeles, the band introduced new singer Jeff Gutt to fans during a private concert. Gutt, a native of Detroit, had been brought to the attention of STP bassist Robert DeLeo more than a year ago. DeLeo met the singer following a show in the Motor City in which DeLeo was performing with the Hollywood Vampires.
“Talk about a happy accident,” said the DeLeo, speaking recently with Guitar World. “It was clear right away that Jeff had the range to sing vocally challenging songs like ‘Piece of Pie’ and ‘Interstate Love Song.’ But we soon discovered that he also has a great ear for melody and knew how to write a song.”
The four members of the band – DeLeo, his brother Dean DeLeo, Eric Kretz, and now Gutt – have been working on new music since September 2016. Kretz says the chemistry between Gutt and the rest of the group was evident from the start.
“Jeff kept coming up with one great melody after another,” he says. “We ended up finishing 14 songs, which is the most that Stone Temple Pilots has ever recorded for an album.”
The group recently wrapped up work on the LP, which is set for release next spring. Butt, who’s keenly aware of late STP singer Scott Weiland’s stature among fans, is quick to say he could never be a replacement for the beloved singer, who died in December 2015.
“No one will ever fill Scott’s shoes and I’m not trying to — he’s a legend,” says Gutt. “But these songs deserve to be performed and people want to hear them. I’m just honored that the guys chose me to help them continue to build this band’s legacy.”
The new Stone Temple Pilots lineup plans to kick off a North American tour next spring, in support of the forthcoming album. Click here to listen to “Meadow,” the first STP single to feature Gutt on lead vocals.