Will the identity of Stone Temple Pilots new singer be revealed later this month?
The group, which has been auditioning for a new frontman during the past couple of years, has announced a November 14 private show at the Troubadour in West Hollywood, Calif., though it has not revealed whether this will be the role-out of the successor to the late co-founder Scott Weiland and the late Chester Bennington, who worked with STP from 2013-15.
A reported 15,000 aspiring vocalists reportedly submitted themselves for the job, and bassist Robert DeLeo tells us it's been an arduous process:
"Well, it's been interesting. It's been very interesting...It's an interesting process of doing that and you get some interesting scenarios with people and there's been some colorful people, I should say. That's the way I should say it. There's been some colorful moments...I think when people come in the room...You see people on YouTube and they're singing in their bedroom and it kind of put us into that 'American Idol' tryout kind of thing...I get a lot of humor at watching because these people, they sing in their bedroom and their mom and dad tell 'em they're great. Then they get in a room with band that's turned up to 10 and expect it to, as a lead singer, to lead the band. You pretty much tell right off the bat that's not going to be happening with certain people."
Former The X Factor finalist Jeff Gutt has been rumored to be STP's choice, but the band has not confirmed that, though it has acknowledged Gutt is in the mix. The Troubadour show will be STP's first since a one-off show, again with Bennington, during March of 2016.
The group recently released a 25th anniversary edition of its debut album, Core.
Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.