STP Supposedly Looking For a 'Famous New Singer That Will Help Sell the Tours'

Rumor has it that the group wanted QOTSA frontman Josh Homme to take over as an STP vocalist.

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Latest rumors regarding the current situation among the Stone Temple Pilots ranks say that the California-based outfit is secretly on the lookout for a new singer with a well established name of his own.

The supposed second hand info reveals that the group's remaining trio even wanted QOTSA frontman Josh Homme to handle the gig, but couldn't get him due to the packed schedule with the upcoming "...Like Clockwork" album release. As Grunge Report stresses out, these are just rumors, but the source named JugeSTP allegedly works in the music business and the info came directly from one of the band members.

"So first, it was confirmed: the boys 'fired' [Scott] Weiland and consider him done," says the source. "They want to add someone famous to replace him as the singer of Stone Temple Pilots that will help sell the tours. They don't want to deal with Dave Coutts syndrome, and they don't want to form a supergroup (ala AOA) and have another total flop. Josh Homme was apparently a person they wanted as a replacement for Scott but apparently he's knee deep in a QOTSA tour/album project. They haven't made any official announcement beyond the statement because there's no news: they haven't gotten a replacement, and Scott and his lawyers are disputing the legitimacy of the action."

The story then takes a shift towards the specific details of the recent Scott Weiland firing, naming singer's voice issues as somewhat of a reason why it all began. The rumor has it that the band wanted to celebrate the "Core" release anniversary by performing the record in full, but the vocalist simply wasn't capable of it.

"Scott just couldn't pull it off. He just doesn't have that range anymore. So the band is saying 'Dude we can't do it, you can't sing it' and Scott was really defensive about it. Scott was basically in denial thinking it sounding great and the rest of the band basically said there's no way we can do 'Piece of Pie,' 'Sin,' 'Where the River Goes' etc ... So they said we'll stick with the hits and the songs you can do. To their credit, they never went in the media and bashed Scott or said he couldn't sing stuff publicly, but I do remember at one point Kretz saying one guy in the band couldn't take criticism at all. That's obviously Scott."

The dispute then allegedly led to Weiland saying something in the lines of "That's fine, f--k you guys, I'll do my own solo tour and advertise and play the songs as a 'Core' celebration myself," causing the two sides to further drift apart as the rest of the band wasn't up for letting the vocalist to start cashing in on the group's classic hits.

"So that's the gist of it," the post continues. "That's also the reason why the 'firing' happened right as Weiland left on tour for this run. So when Slash said he 'heard Weiland was fired,' that threat had been made if he went through with this tour. The band put the ball in Scott's court and he said whatever I'm doing it. I don't think Scott was fired when Slash said he was, but the threat had definitely been made, and Scott decided to call the Deleo's bluff. Well, now he's fired and it's up to their lawyers to sort through the mess. Ultimately it's likely that eventually they will perform, possibly as STP with what they hope is a famous lead singer that they can plug in that will do a good job with the material and allow them to continue the legacy by adding new material."

As far as recent official STP activity goes, the band has confirmed a performance at the MusiCares MAP Fund benefit on May 30 Club Nokia in Los Angeles, where they will be honoring Linking Park frontman Chester Bennington and sharing the stage with the likes of Slash and Duff McKagan.

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    I'm just glad to find out Scott wasn't fired cause of yet another problem with drugs
    Can't replace Scott no matter how much of a douche he is. He left too much of a signature on STPs music.
    you get upvoted and I get downvoted for saying the same thing.
    Comparing this dramatic situation to Pumpkins and AIC is retarded. The main thing that sells STP (I would think) is Scott. There's no reason for Jerry Cantrell to ditch his body of work (He wrote just as many songs as Staley did, not to mention all of the riffs) And Billy Corgan has been the brains behind the pumpkins since day one. Just like how Dave Mustaine is Megadeth, Billy Corgan is Smashing Pumpkins.
    Without Weiland there is no STP. Continuing to call themselves STP without him is undignified, and false advertisement. They should go their separate ways and join new bands instead of pretending that Weiland is replaceable, cuz hes NOT. Not as long as they keep the same name and perform the same material.
    I'm aware of that and I agree completely. But you were wondering why you are getting negative votes and it's probably because people don't agree with your examples.
    Can't believe nobody's said it yet, but how hilarious would it be if they got MYLES KENNEDY!?!?!
    I'm not sure I believe all that stuff about Scott not having the range. Despite him being a total knucklehead, he can still sing. If anything, 'Piece of Pie' and 'Where the River Flows' would be a vocal break from some of the hits. I call BS on that idea.
    Theyre trying to bait and taunt him. Basically like saying he's impotent. He sang ****ing great in 2010 when I saw them so despite his personal antics they should stop committing career suicide and just stay together.
    He can definitely still sing, his voice is just vastly DIFFERENT than it was like 20 years ago during the Core and Purple era. He no longer has that low, gravely resonance anymore. You can tell just by looking at how much his body has changed since the early 90's
    as much as he is a tool, Scott is STP, without him I say name change and new direction
    Josh Todd from buckcherry would be awsome frontman for em
    He was second to Scott Weiland to take on the frontman role of Velvet Revolver. I think he would good. He would come with his best friend, the lead guitarist of Buckcherry, but I think two guitarist for STP would be awesome.
    How about me?! Nah personally I reckon they would have to look at a vocalist who isn't doing much at the moment, around the same age, and has a similar range. They would be smart to pick an underdog like Daniel Johns (silverchair), but I think he's still a bit off his chop. Maybe Taylor Hawkins from Foo Fighters, he can sing pretty good.
    Hawkins would be amazing as a frontman. He'd bring that 70's tone to the band which they seem to like a lot.
    I love both groups, but right now I'm imagining Josh singing "I know you want what's on my mind, I know you like what's on my mind" and it just sounds horrible.
    I fully acknowledge the immense level of talent amongst the remaining band members, but STP is NOTHING without Scott.
    Without Weiland it isnt STP. Don't be like AIC or Smashing Pumpkins and keep the same name when key iconic members are no longer part of the lineup.
    you're an idiot aic is jerry cantrell,he wrote 80% of the songs and sang on most all of them..lyane's voice worked well with jerry's and layne was an intreaging front man but not great (i saw them a few times)aic's music today is just as good as it was with layne.why? because you still have the core song writter that can sing the song he wrote. get over it people. if you have heard any of jc's solo albums they could easily be aic albums.That's just jerry's style and sound>
    'Key iconic members'...Yes because Billy Corgan was never key in Smashing Pumpkins...And same with Jerry Cantrell. He wrote a lot of the music and although Layne was the better singer, the lead vocals changed between them ('Would?). And AiC is practically the same line-up as they had mid 90's just without Layne. I agree about STP are going the INXS way without Scott, but don't compare this situation to AiC or SP, because both bands are still making good music
    "Linking Park" eh? That band bores me, so you can spell it however you want.
    What about Sammy Hagar. He's not exactly the perfect fit, but he's always up for these kind of gigs and he's surely "famous" enough [ ] for the band to want to hire him.
    Maybe they should just call it a day, there last couple albums have been repetitive and boring. Bring back Army of Anyone!
    scott is overrated so is stp for that matter,they do have a handful of good songs and 1 or 2 good albums,but not great. with that said,just start another band and bring in another guitar player to help the create a new more intresting sound.
    Honestly, just put a bullet in STP and call it dead at this point. I'm not really interested in an STP getting dragged along as a cash cow, which from the sounds of it, they're looking to turn it into.
    so they fired Scott - who even though does not have the range he used to have - would still sell out their concerts and entertain people (he tends to be off key here and there at the concerts, but who gives a damn? people are having fun)..and now they are looking for someone "famous" - and they will hope that this new guy will have that range and that people will say "OK, this is great, this new guy that has nothing to do with Core will "celebrate" this album instead of the guy who actually sang all the songs and co-wrote all the songs on the album", makes a lot of sense..are they taking drugs for a change or what??
    Richard Patrick from Filter. They worked with him before and with the STP name they are sure to sell records this time around.
    when i saw STP back '09 they played where the river goes and it sounded great! Granted Scott doesn't have that deep voice anymore but I've seen them twice so far and both times the place was packed and both times they sounded amazing. Why is this band turning into a bunch of whiny rockstars all of a sudden? And they decide to go with that faggot from linkin park? Seriously? Here's a good replacement, great singer called "No one" STP without Scott is like Soundgarden without Cornell or Pearl Jam without Vedder. They should just do what Nirvana did and end the name after the singer was gone. Lets be honest, both the DeLeo's and Kretz could be replaced easily and no one would know, Scott being replaced is blasphemy. You didn't hear Queen going ahead with Paul Rodgers as the new lead singer and still keeping the name Queen.