Stone Temple Pilots launch open singer audition: ‘we’re looking to be moved by somebody’

Dean DeLeo also talks about Chester Bennington and the loss of Scott Weiland

Earlier today (February 5), Stone Temple Pilots announced an open audition for a singer to replace Chester Bennington, who will return to his role as frontman of Linkin Park.

The band have posted instrumental-only versions of their tracks ‘Interstate Love Song’, ‘Trippin’ on a Hole in a Paper Heart’ and ‘Vasoline’ to their website, alongside a message that states:

“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.”


The band’s earlier and founding frontman Scott Weiland passed away in December, and Bennington has ruled out a return.

In an interview with Rolling Stone, guitarist Dean DeLeo explained a little about the process, as well as talking about Weiland and Bennington.

He said “We kind of came to the realization a while back that the situation with Chester was not really allowing us to do all that we would have liked to have been doing. His involvement with Linkin Park and, of course, his family limited the time that we had with him.

We’ve played with a lot of singers over the last several months, and we felt that we’d be doing ourselves — meaning Robert, Eric and I — a disservice if we didn’t allow all the talent that is out there to become a part of this. So, good or bad, we opened the floodgates.”

As for the person they’re looking for, DeLeo said “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.

“You know Glen Campbell said to me a long time ago, “Dean, you got to live it to write it” — and you kind of know when that person walks into a room. I want to be hit in that place in my soul where music buries itself. That feeling, man. That’s what we want.”

DeLeo also refers to Weiland as “one of the greatest singers” and says Bennington “approached the stage each night like it was his last night alive.”

If you’re thinking of applying, Stone Temple Pilot’s audition is set to close in somewhere between 30 and 60 days.