Stone Temple Pilots Hire ‘X Factor USA’ Alum As New Lead Singer
Stone Temple Pilots lost lead singer Scott Weiland last year. And while he wasn’t lead singer at the time of his death, his passing essentially snuffed any chance of a big reunion. However, the band is pressing on with a new lead singer, a former X Factor USA finalist.
Jeffrey Adam Gutt, who finished as runner up on the third and final season of The X Factor USA, has joined Stone Temple Pilots as their new lead singer. This comes after news that Gutt has recently been working on new material with Stone Temple Pilot band members Dean DeLeo, Robert DeLeo and Eric Kretz in Redondo Beach, California.
According to sources for ET, the band has already started rehearsing in Hollywood for their 2017 tour. The new songs will naturally be a part of the tour, along with the classic Stone Temple Pilots hits fans have come to identify with the band (for what it’s worth, “Creep” is my favorite).
Gutt is a hell of a singer, and this is a great get for the band, almost as good a fit as Chris Daughtry would have been for Live, back when that was a rumor in the aftermath of American Idol Season 5. I’ll be interested to hear what new tracks he puts out with the band, and how he sounds on some of their other hits. Scott Weiland had a very distinctive voice, and Gutt does as well. But it’s a markedly different voice than what Wieland had. I’d argue Gutt has more range. Here’s hoping we hear some new material soon.
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