Have Stone Temple Pilots found a new frontman?
Despite a report from Entertainment Tonight on Wednesday that indicated X Factor alum Jeffrey Adam Gutt has been tapped to replace Chester Bennington, who left in 2015 after replacing original frontman Scott Weiland, a rep for the band says no final decision has been made.
“The band has been rehearsing with several singers over the past few weeks,” a rep for Stone Temple Pilots tells EW in a statement. “They haven’t made a decision yet.”
Stone Temple Pilots announced its search for a new frontman back in February after Bennington departed to focus on his original group, Linkin Park. Bennington had replaced original frontman Weiland, who parted ways with STP in 2013 and spent the next two years working on solo music and his group The Wildabouts. Weiland died in December 2015 at age 48 from an accidental overdose.
Stone Temple Pilots’ website still features a singers submission page, and a note from the band. “As you know, prior to the untimely passing of our brother in arms, Scott, we had been working with the incomparable Chester Bennington,” the call for submissions reads. “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…”
The note continues: “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.”