STONE TEMPLE PILOTS On New Singer Search: 'It's Looking Good'

STONE TEMPLE PILOTS On New Singer Search: 'It's Looking Good'

Dean and Robert DeLeo say that things are “looking good” for STONE TEMPLE PILOTS, nearly two years after the passing of the band’s original singer, Scott Weiland, and two months following the death of Weiland‘s replacement, Chester Bennington.

STP has been without a vocalist since November 2015, when Bennington — who joined the group in early 2013 — departed so he could spend more time with his main band LINKIN PARK.

Weiland, who reunited with the group in 2010 after an eight-year hiatus, died in December 2015 of a drug overdose while on tour with his solo outfit.

STP last performed live, with Bennington on vocals, for a one-off reunion performance in California in March 2016.

The band held an open call for singers last year, reportedly receiving thousands of submissions and narrowing that down to a handful of prospects with whom the group members got together to jam.

During an appearance earlier today (Friday, September 22) on the “Jonesy’s Jukebox” radio show, the DeLeo brothers were asked by host Steve Jones (of SEX PISTOLS fame) if STP has found a new singer or if it’s still “top secret.” “It’s top secret right now, but we’re working on it,” Robert said (see video below). Dean added: “It’s looking good, man. Looking good. New music. And it won’t be too long before we shave the cat, as Robert says.”

The new STONE TEMPLE PILOTS singer is rumored to be Jeff Gutt, a one-time “X Factor” contestant. A report from NBC 9 News/ET in Denver last November claimed that STP had chosen Gutt and was writing and recording new material with him. STP denied the report at the time, saying through a representative that no decision on a vocalist had been made yet.

Robert told Billboard earlier in the month that he and Dean were hopeful that they would “find a singer who will be that guy, and represent what we want to do moving forward. I think there’s a lot of music to be made, still, and I think we all feel we want to continue — not only that, but also playing songs that we wrote twenty-five, thirty years ago that mean a lot to me, and I think there’s people out there who want to hear those songs, too,” he said.

Asked when he thinks STP will be back up and running again, Robert said: “When it all comes together, it’ll come together. It’ll feel right and we’ll proceed forward. This is not an overnight decision. This is a series of getting together with someone and really figuring out what they are all about and if that’s right for us.”

Regarding what the process of auditioning new vocalists has been like, Robert told Billboard: “It’s been very interesting. You get some interesting scenarios with people. There’s been some colorful people, I should say. [Laughs] … Some of these people, they sing in their bedroom and their mom and dad tell ’em they’re great. Then they get into a room with a band that’s turned up to ten and expect to lead the band. You can pretty much tell right off the bat that’s not happening with certain people. There are a lot of things to look at to really, really choose someone to move forward with.”

Chester recorded one EP with the band, “High Rise”, and did a handful of tours during his tenure.

Bennington died by suicide on July 20. He was 41.

The DeLeo brothers are currently promoting the twenty-fifth-anniversary expanded reissue of STONE TEMPLE PILOTS‘ debut album, “Core”, which will be made available on September 29 — twenty-five years to the day of the LP’s original release.

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Former CORROSION OF CONFORMITY Vocalist ERIC EYCKE Dies

Former CORROSION OF CONFORMITY Vocalist ERIC EYCKE Dies

Eric Eycke, who sang on CORROSION OF CONFORMITY‘s 1984 debut album, “Eye For An Eye”, has passed away.

Just prior to his death, Eycke had reportedly been in hospice with various maladies.

C.O.C. said in a statement that Eric‘s “broad musical knowledge shaped the band’s early identity,” adding that “[his] energy is evident on our first hardcore-era album, ‘Eye For An Eye’.”

“This simply does not seem real,” the group continued. “We traveled far and wide in a shitty van, blowing up stages together, trying to live up to the likes of the BAD BRAINS and BLACK FLAG.”

CORROSION OF CONFORMITY bassist Mike Dean told IndyWeek in a 2012 interview that Eric Eycke “was the kind of singer that people would be into hearing at that point. He was a hardcore kind of tough dude. Never could hear him; he would usually be running around and miss the microphone.”

Eycke, who has been described as the most agitated, energetic vocalist C.O.C. ever had, said about his approach to the band’s early live performances: “In Richmond, we opened up for HÜSKER DÜ. Then we opened up for DEAD KENNEDYS down at the Pier, and I had already heard about the DEAD KENNEDYS so I was kind of in awe. I was, like, “Damn, Jello‘s [Biafra] here.” I remember we finished our set, and I walked off and he just looked at me and he was, like, ‘Goddamn, blown off the stage again.’ That always stuck with me. If that’s what it takes, then yeah, I can do that.”

Often characterized as a high-velocity hardcore record, “Eye For An Eye” was notable for including a punkified torching of JUDAS PRIEST‘s cover of Peter Green‘s “Green Manalishi”. “It didn’t really sound like us,” CORROSION OF CONFORMITY drummer Reed Mullin later said about the album. “Well, we had done two or three songs at that place before, for the ‘Why Are We Here?’ compilation, the seven-inch. And that sounded pretty good, it sounded kind of like us because we were actually kind of heavy for that time. The only other hardcore band that was playing that stuff was VOID, I guess.”

Eric, for his part, told IndyWeek that “Eye For An Eye” “could have been so much better. Reed was like a kid in a candy store. He went back in and he remixed it after-hours. We did our time; we went home at six. He came in at seven and worked until ten. That’s how we ended up with that product, and no, I’m not happy about it. But it is what it is. If you like it, you like it.”

“Eye For An Eye” was re-released in 2012 through Candlelight. This special reissue was remastered/packaged and included the EP “Six Songs With Mike Singing”. Both titles has been out of print for years.

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CHEAP TRICK To Release First Holiday Album 'Christmas Christmas'

CHEAP TRICK To Release First Holiday Album 'Christmas Christmas'

Rock And Roll Hall Of Famers CHEAP TRICK will rock in the Yuletide season with the release of their first holiday-themed album, “Christmas Christmas”, out October 20 on Big Machine Records.

Arriving mere months after their criticallyacclaimed eighteenth studio album, “We’re All Alright!”, CHEAP TRICK co-produced the holiday collection alongside their longtime collaborator, Grammy Award winner Julian Raymond (Glen Campbell, FASTBALL). With “Christmas Christmas”, CHEAP TRICK delivers a sleigh full of rock and roll Christmas classics and festive favourites by WIZZARD, SLADE, Chuck Berry, the RAMONES and THE KINKS, as well as newly penned offerings like the joyous lead track “Merry Christmas Darlings”.

“Christmas Christmas” track listing:

01. Merry Christmas Darlings
02. I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day
03. I Wish It Was Christmas Today
04. Merry Xmas Everybody
05. Please Come Home For Christmas
06. Remember Christmas
07. Run Rudolph Run
08. Father Christmas
09. Silent Night
10. Merry Christmas (I Don’t Want To Fight Tonight)
11. Our Father Of Life
12. Christmas Christmas

CHEAP TRICK — whose four-decade-plus career has seen it play more than five thousand shows and counting — remains on the road this fall for a string of U.S. headline dates, long-awaited Canadian run as special guests on NICKELBACK‘s “Feed The Machine” arena tour and a top-billed set at Pembroke Pines, Florida’s upcoming RockFest 80’s (November 4). Additional dates — including some very special “Christmas Christmas” concerts — will be announced soon.

CHEAP TRICK will also be among the icons performing at Rock Getaway 2017, an all-star, all-inclusive weekend event set for the Hard Rock Hotel in Rivera Maya, Mexico October 26-November 1. Set to appear on October 29, CHEAP TRICK joins a truly extraordinary lineup of legends, including STEVE MILLER BAND, Roger Daltrey, FOREIGNER, BLUE ÖYSTER CULT, BAD COMPANY, LOS LOBOS, and many more.


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Former Hanoi Rocks Singer Michael Monroe Celebrates 30-Year Solo Career With New 'Best' Compilation

Former Hanoi Rocks Singer Michael Monroe Celebrates 30-Year Solo Career With New 'Best' Compilation

Michael Monroe talks about Hanoi Rocks, his solo career and more.

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METALLICA: Pro-Shot Footage Of 'Confusion' Performance From Cologne

METALLICA: Pro-Shot Footage Of 'Confusion' Performance From Cologne

Professionally filmed video footage of METALLICA performing the song “Confusion” on September 16 at Lanxess Arena in Cologne, Germany can be seen below.

As previously reported, METALLICA will reissue its third album, “Master Of Puppets”, on November 10 via the band’s own Blackened Recordings. The LP has been remastered for the most advanced sound quality and will be available in various digital and physical configurations.

The “Master Of Puppets” reissue will be available physically as a Standard LP, Standard CD, 3 CD Expanded Edition, and Limited Edition Deluxe Box Set and digitally as a Standard CD (available to stream and download), a 3 CD Expanded Edition (available for download only), and a Digital Deluxe Box Set (available for streaming and download). The Expanded Edition will include previously unreleased demos, rough mixes, interviews, live tracks, and a 28-page booklet. The Limited Edition Deluxe Box Set will include a 108-page hardcover book including never before seen photos, outtakes and previously unreleased interviews, three LPs, ten CDs, a cassette, two DVDs, a lithograph, a folder with handwritten lyrics, and a set of six buttons.

“Master Of Puppets” was released on February 24, 1986 and was the first album METALLICA recorded after signing a major label deal with Elektra Records.

The set only reached No. 29 on the Billboard album chart but has sold over six million copies in the U.S. since.

It is the last record to feature bassist Cliff Burton, who was killed later that year in a tour bus crash.

Several songs from the album are still staples of METALLICA‘s live set, including “Battery”, “Welcome Home (Sanitarium)” and the title track.

Many fans consider it METALLICA‘s finest album, a fact that the band acknowledged by playing it in its entirety on a European tour in 2006.


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