The Stone Temple Pilots have returned back to the stage and have finally revealed the long journey to find a new front man. Jeff Gutt has been in the speculation among STP fans, but last night that was confirmed with a concert at the Troubadour. The band performed Down and Piece of Pie which you can listen to below.
Jeff Said, “I had heard about [the audition process], but I was on tour in the Middle East with my band at the time, so I was, like, doing my own thing, and that was everything that I had going on. And then when I got back, I was driving and I heard… I can’t remember what song it was, but a STONE TEMPLE PILOTS song came on the radio. So I called my buddy in New York who knows everybody in the music industry, and I was, like, ‘Hey, did they ever find a singer?’ And he was, like, ‘You know what? I’ll send ’em your stuff right now.’ And three days later, I got a call.”
Jeff is a longtime STP fan and had studied Scott Weiland and his unique vocal style. “Before I even got in the room [with the other guys], to tell you the truth, just because if you don’t feel that way, you’re probably not gonna get it. You have to be confident,” he explained. “I mean, not cocky confidence, but I know my shit, I know what I’m doing. I’ve studied my craft. I’ve studied Scott Weiland and the people Scott studied, and other singers of the era. I’ve really put in a lot of time into that, and if you’re not willing to do all of that, you’re not gonna be on the level to even be around these guys.”
Check out the videos below from the performance with STP and new lead singer Jeff Gutt!