Published : Tuesday, December 5, 2017 | 11:33 AM
San Diego-based Stone Temple Pilots will be in Pasadena in spring 2018 as it sets out on its first tour with a new lead singer — Detroit native Jeff Gutt, who first performed with the band at a private show at the Troubadour in Los Angeles in November.
Billboard reported Monday the American tour will start March 2 in Santa Clarita and will be at The Rose in Pasadena on March 8.
Gutt replaces Scott Weiland, who died in December 2015, and Chester Bennington, who joined the band in 2013 and left in 2015 to focus on Linkin’Park. Bennington committed suicide last July.
Gutt, a former finalist in The X Factor, was selected after an intensive selection process which reviewed over 15,000 online submissions, narrowed down to 30 singers who auditioned at Studio 606 in Los Angeles.
He started working with Dean DeLeo, Robert DeLeo, and Eric Kretz in September 2016, spending the next several months finishing off song ideas and writing new music.
“The chemistry was there from the start, and Jeff kept coming up with one great melody after another,” Kretz tells Guitar World magazine. “We ended up finishing 14 songs, which is the most that Stone Temple Pilots have ever recorded for an album.”
The tour will be in support of a yet-untitled new album featuring the songs. At the Troubador, the band performed its first release with Gutt, “Meadow.”
Stone Temple Pilots formed in 1989 under the name Mighty Joe Young and changed the name when the band signed with Atlantic Records. The DeLeo brothers — Dean on guitar and Robert on bass — and drummer Kretz are original members of the band. With Weiland, the band’s 1992 debut album, “Core,” was a success, and they went on to become one of the most commercially successful bands of the 1990s.
The band released four more albums: “Purple “(1994), “Tiny Music… Songs from the Vatican Gift Shop” (1996), “No. 4″ (1999) and “Shangri-La Dee Da” (2001), before separating in 2002, after which the members took part in different projects.
The band eventually reconvened in 2008 for a reunion tour, released a new self-titled album in 2010, and actively toured until Bennington’s departure in 2015.
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