Following the death of singer Scott Weiland in December, Stone Temple Pilots have announced that they’re holding an open audition for a singer to replace Chester Bennington, who will return to his role as frontman of Linkin Park. The group posted instrumental versions of their songs “Interstate Love Song,” “Trippin’ on a Hole in a Paper Heart,” and “Vasoline” for interested musicians, with a message:
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. 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! We look forward to seeing you.
STP guitarist Dean DeLeo spoke to Rolling Stone, stating: “We’ll know when it’s the right person before they’ll even open their mouth, just when they walk into the room. We’re looking to be moved by somebody.”