Stone Temple Pilots’ Robert and Dean DeLeo appeared on KLOS yesterday, and Robert discussed Scott Weiland.
“We enjoy still playing these songs. I think when we do play these songs, we honor Scott every night when we play these songs, and will continue to do so. I hope I’m playing these songs until I’m old and grey.”
“From the beginning, he was very very influenced by Jim. I don’t personally listen to our own music a lot, but because of his passing, I went back. I noticed a couple of different influences there that I don’t think people would even realize.
One is Morrison, and on the mellower side, the more ballad side of our music, I hear a lot of Karen Carpenter. He’s got that same inflection that she had. We discussed our love for the Carpenters, and his love for her voice, and that really went back to his choir years. He really had that same inflection that she had, they shared that.”
Dean also discussed the requirement for STP’s next singer, “If they’re as great as Mr. Weiland and Mr. Bennington they have a shot.”
Stone Temple Pilots are currently taking open auditions for lead singer on their website StoneTemplePilots.com. Scott Weiland was fired from Stone Temple Pilots in early 2013, and was replaced by Chester Bennington. Weiland announced that Bennington had left the band in November 2015, and Weiland died in December 2015.