Stone Temple Pilots have begun the search for a new singer following the departure late last year of Chester Bennington, who joined the band in early 2013 following their dismissal of original frontman Scott Weiland, who died this past December. Bennington ended his time with STP in order to concentrate on his main act, Linkin Park, as well as spend more time with his family.
A new message posted at STP's website stated, "2016 marks a new year for Stone Temple Pilots . . . A year of hope, optimism, and most importantly, new music! We are immensely proud of all that we have been able to share with you over the years. Music, music, music. We very much want to continue doing that, but that’s going to take a little help from all of you."
The message continued, "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."
- The message alluded to Weiland's death, saying, "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!"
- More information can be found at the band's website.
- Highly Suspect singer Johnny Stevens tweeted last summer that he was approached by STP guitarist Dean DeLeo about becoming the group's frontman, but declined.
- Bennington recorded one EP with the band, High Rise, and did a handful of tours during his tenure.
- Weiland died in December at the age of 48 on his tour bus while promoting his last solo effort, Blaster. The cause of death was a mix of cocaine, alcohol and other drugs.