Stone Temple Pilots Talk Singer Search: ‘We Honor Scott Every Night We Play These Songs’

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.

  • Corndog

    So, do we have any idea then as to whom we think could replace Scott? Judging from their two previous singers (and this is just my opinion) they should have quite an available choice as they came from opposite ends of the spectrum with Weiland being a great singer and Bennington being a nails on the blackboard god awful singer.

    My weird left field vote – Call up Whitfield Crane, can’t imagine he’s doing much these days. If you go back and listen to UKJ with an open mind you’ll see that the guy was actually a really good singer with a pretty decent range.

    Or they could do something really unexpected and get a female. Anyone remember Tanya Donnelly from Belly?

    • Rizz

      They should find some unknown badd ass singer and make them famous. There is still alot of music in STP.

    • valhalla

      Ann Wilson can still shred the shit out of whatever she touches…but she’s busy…have you heard her version of Immigrant Song? Think Jerry Cantrell contributed to the excellent but overlooked Jupiter’s Darling album. Chris Cornell is also good buddies with the Wilson sisters, who were also friendly with Scott…sigh…he was “open” to reuniting with STP…if only…

      • hotchai

        I love the Wilson sisters’ version of The Battle of Evermore from the Singles soundtrack – Wow! Better than the original in my opinion… and I am a HUGE Zeppelin fan!

        • valhalla

          The mighty Led Zeppelin set the bar very high indeed. I believe they were one of the first bands to be labeled “heavy metal,” although they incorporated a lot of acoustic guitars in their music. Scott was heavily influenced by Jim Morrison, but I think he also mentioned Zeppelin as an influence too. Apparently, from the article, Scott’s influences were wide and varied.

      • Corndog

        Is that the girl from Heart? If so, no I don’t think I’ve ever heard that version. I do like Immigrant Song though.

        • valhalla

          Yes, Ann is the lead singer of Heart. They do a ton of Zeppelin covers and were part of the Kennedy Center Honors for Zeppelin doing Stairway to Heaven with Jason Bonham on drums no less! Made Robert tear up and Jimmy couldn’t stop grooving in his seat and smiling from ear to ear.

          “Coming from the land of the ice and snow…valhalla, I am coming…”

        • valhalla

          Trent Reznor produced a pretty awesome version of Immigrant Song with Karen O on vocals for the movie The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.

      • dakotablue

        Ann is a powerhouse singer for sure. She and Layne Staley were good pals.

        • valhalla

          Yep. Layne sang on “Ring Them Bells” (written by Bob Dylan) with Ann and Nancy. So many connections amongst and between rock bands.

    • Pink Taco

      Belly just got back together! Details are yet to come as to what they are going to do…

      • Corndog

        Shit, really? That’s good news! I loved their first album, second one wasn’t as good but it was still ok. Glad to hear this!

        • Pink Taco

          UK tour in mid July. new songs released one by one over the next few months

          • Corndog

            It’s been what, 21 years or so since King was released? I guess they must have bills to pay or something. Still, the more early/mid 90’s bands that come back the better!

            Speaking of which, here, have some free pearl jam:

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0unH11yjklE&index=1&list=PLrEDrpi3JYCO3B_M3RIA_-x5brsmAUiuY

          • Pink Taco

            I had to look it up! 21 lol but I’m glad all the 90s are coming back too! I love the PJ clip I had not seen that I love all the early PJ stuff!

          • Corndog

            Back in 92, that’s the performance that made me sit up and take notice of Pearl Jam, and they have been my favourite band since:) Glad you liked it.

          • Pink Taco

            Oh that’s great I will have to check that out! Yeah I love the old PJ stuff a lot!

          • Corndog

            Same here. I watch a lot of that kind of stuff on Youtube. That one has a special place in my heart though as it got me into Pearl Jam in the first place. I had heard Ten but it did nothing for me the first time around. At that point, i was listening to stuff like Iron Maiden and Skid Row, and i had just got into Nirvana. It wasn’t until i saw the power and passion in your uncle Eddie’s performance on that show that my interest in them was really piqued. I went back and gave Ten another chance and this time it just broke like a wave, and i’ve been in love with it ever since:)

          • Pink Taco

            thats the impressive thing about him, he really was into it – and being original – and not being a corporate sellout – and was really kind of punk for that period of time in popular music. And it’s such a huge contrast to Iron Maiden and Skid Row.

          • Corndog

            Back then i wanted sort of ‘instant gratification’ kind of music, fast and heavy. It never really occurred to me (i was only 14 in 92) that music could be deeper than that. That it could have a meaning and a message. Eddie showed me the way. I cannot tell you how impressed i was with how connected he seemed with the words that he was singing and how moved he was by it, and i was fascinated. Weird as it sounds, i remember being really into his mad facial expressions at the time, and would find myself sort of emulating them unconsciously while singing along:)

          • Pink Taco

            You’re right back then Eddie seriously meant every word and let all the emotions of human feeling come through in each song it was impressive to me as well, like wow he really means this and he’s so in touch with things. LOL Eddie’s mad faces. You’re right! He does not do those anymore, sad.

          • Corndog

            Yeah i have noticed that too. Made the cynic in me wonder if the weird facial expressions were put on for effect?

          • Pink Taco

            IMO – he was the real thing 1000 percent and nothing was effect.

          • Corndog

            Yes i agree he was definitely genuinely into the songs he was singing, and meant every word of it. I just wondered if he just exaggerated it a little via the facial expressions just for added affect. I’m more than willing to accept that it was all real though, but it begs the question why he no longer does those things when he sings? Maybe the old facial muscles just aren’t what they used to be;)

  • God

    Scott Stapp on lead vox

  • hotchai

    Hmmm… I like the idea of a female singer (not a Joss Stone type though – she doesn’t capture Scott’s soul, wasn’t really a fan of her Interstate Love Song cover with STP.) Loved what the guys said about how he and Karen Carpenter had the same inflection… I can definitely hear that, a plaintive warmth in both of their voices. There’s an interview from way back – I think the early STP years – where Scott is listening to the Carpenters’ “Close to You” and he closes his eyes and says something like “Isn’t it beautiful?” and one of the other band members walks by and sort of snorts derisively (guess Carpenters weren’t cool back then) but Scott is still totally and authentically lost in the moment. Loved that. Karen was amazing.

    It’s hard for me to accept other people singing Scott’s songs because so many of them came from such a deep and personal well of pain and sadness in Scott’s life (I’ve never even listened to any of Chester’s work with STP for that reason) but if someone can pull that off authentically (like Jeff Buckley with Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” or Johnny Cash with NIN’s “Hurt”) then I’ll be OK with it. I think it would also help if they find someone who can write songs and melodies as well so they can continue to create new material. I hope they find someone who can truly do Scott’s songs justice, not just the awesome quality and range of his voice (from the early years) but the spirit and soul too – even more importantly really.

    • valhalla

      Johnny Cash OWNED “Hurt!” Even Trent Reznor said he realized that the song was no longer his and belonged to the legendary Man in Black. What did you think of the video?

      • hotchai

        Devastating – in the best way possible!!!

        • valhalla

          Rick Rubin (producer) has a lot of respect for different genres of music. The video was directed by Mark Romanck, who also collaborated with NIN.

      • dakotablue

        Johnny also did an awesome cover of Depeche Mode’s “Personal Jesus,” sincere and completely different than their interpretation.

        • valhalla

          “Reach out and touch faith…”

        • hotchai

          Oh yeah, he killed that one too… although I prefer Depeche Mode’s version. With “Hurt,” though – never even think about NIN’s version – that song belongs to Johnny now 🙂

    • dakotablue

      Yeah, they definitely need a writer since I think Scott wrote almost all STP’s lyrics. Maybe that’s another reason Chester didn’t work out. Can’t play the old hits forever–or can you? Ask the Stones that question.

  • — J —

    I’ll bet JD Fortune from INXS is available.

  • Raj

    No one will ever replace Scott, even Dean himself said in the interview he would come up with something melodic and then Scott basically would blow him away with something way better. It will be very hard to find someone who can not only honour the old material and do it justice plus come up with their own material. Not impossible though because Alice in Chains found the right guy in Duvall.