Stone Temple Pilots Debut New Singer; Prep New Album

Like Spinal Tap with drummers and Grateful Dead with keyboardists, Stone Temple Pilots have had a revolving door of vocalists.

The band - whose former singers are the late Scott Weiland and Chester Bennington - unveiled their third frontman, Jeff Gutt, at a private gig in L.A. this week. Gutt, 41, who joins bassist Robert DeLeo, guitarist Dean DeLeo and drummer Eric Kretz, is former a member of Dry Cell and recently appeared on “The X Factor.”

”You have dreams about things like this,” Gutt told Rolling Stone for a feature on the new-look STP.

”I still feel a little Mark Wahlberg–ish.“

He was one of 15,000 singers - fewer than 50 of whom landed auditions - who sought to join the group, according to the magazine.

”Jeff came in and did a fantastic job,” Kretz said.

”Not just anybody can sing this catalog,” Dean DeLeo added. “You need someone who really knows how to sing. And Jeff kind of has it all, man. He has that baritone, and he’s also able to get into that tenor world. He’s a real singer.”

The band, with Gutt on board, just wrapped their seventh full-length studio LP. Self-produced and as yet-untitled, the album is set for a spring 2018 release.

”The fact that we recorded all these new songs, it ties into helping us heal from the losses of Scott (who died of an overdose in 2015) and Chester,” who committed suicide earlier this year, Kretz said.

“Because the catalog will always be there. But if the new music really excites us and excites the fans, it has much more of a meaning as far as honoring what Scott and Chester brought to this as well.“