The Stone Temple Pilots are looking for a new singer, and it wants you. Maybe. If you’ve got a good set of pipes and have the intestinal fortitude to submit your vocal range for the entire world to hear.
With the loss of its singer Chester Bennington, who has returned to fronting Linkin Park, STP—which, by the way, hasn’t employed Scott Weiland, who died in December, since 2013—is in need of a new vocalist. And the band wants you to try out.
That’s why it’s loaded up instrumental versions of “Interstate Love Song,” “Trippin’ on a Hole in a Paper Heart,” and “Vasoline” onto the band’s website and invited anybody who wants to record themselves singing along to have the opportunity to do so.
As the band writes:
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.
While a tour of the already-submitted demos is an interesting experience—some vocalists are quite good, and some, um, are not—STP decided to give everybody a chance to try out.
“We kind of came to the realization a while back that the situation with Chester was not really allowing us to do all that we would have liked to have been doing. His involvement with Linkin Park and, of course, his family limited the time that we had with him,” guitarist Dean DeLeo told Rolling Stone. “We’ve played with a lot of singers over the last several months, and we felt that we’d be doing ourselves … a disservice if we didn’t allow all the talent that is out there to become a part of this. So, good or bad, we opened the floodgates.”