Written by: Jarrett Crepeau
Stone Temple Pilots is one of my favorite bands from the 90’s grunge era. They produced many multi-platinum albums in their time with frontman, Scott Weiland. Their debut album Core just had their 25th anniversary, celebrated through a remastered album and live song recordings. However, not everything was perfect. The band went on hiatus after 2002, resulting in the members pursuing other projects. Weiland formed Velvet Revolver with Slash of Guns and Roses. They reunited in 2008 and were together until 2013 Weiland’s long and public battle with drug addiction and creative differences with the band ultimately led to his firing. In May of that year, Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington became their lead singer until he left in 2015 to focus on his original band. On December 3rd, 2015, Scott Weiland was found dead on his tour bus, shocking the band and fans alike. Now the band was on indefinite hiatus. Unsure of where to go from there, they released a contest in 2016 for auditions for a new singer.
A year had past with no public statements, but in late October, rumors started to spread saying that they had found their singer, but did not confirm who the mystery man was until November 14th, where they performed live at the Troubadour in West Hollywood with singer Jeff Gutt, wearing a sticker on his shirt that said “Hello my name is Jeff”. Gutt is a former two-time contestant of the American X-Factor, competing in season 2 in 2012. He left a notable performance of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah but was eliminated shortly after. In the next seaso, he competed again and placed second. Throughout his career he performed in many bands, most notably the nu-metal band Dry Cell, but never broke into the mainstream until now.
The fans warmed up to Gutt by the second song, “Wicked Garden” which was met with a standing ovation. Later on, they played their new song “Meadow,” and announced a new album scheduled for release in early 2018. The video (which you can check out below) of the song’s performance shot by Sirius XM now sits at over a hundred thousand views on YouTube. It’s safe to say that fans approve and are excited for STP to come back. While Jeff Gutt with never replace Scott Weiland, I think if Scott looked back at us, he would know his band is in good hands. So rest easy Scott. We miss you.