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  • Writer's pictureScott Langevin

Stone Temple Pilots: Stone Temple Pilots

Did STP Die With Scott Weiland?

We all know that Scott Weiland was and always will be the voice of Stone Temple Pilots. Last week they released their self-titled album. After hearing the first single, “Roll Me Under,” I thought, “Okay sure, they’re trying to resurrect something from the former glory. Let me wait this out, hear the album, and see if it sticks.”

Well, the album is here. I’m sad to say that after 30 plus years of STP, in my opinion the brand died with Scott Weiland. No offense to their great new lead singer, two-time X Factor contestant Jeff Gutt, but like any band, eventually their career ends. Stone Temple Pilot's new CD answers the question; Scott Weiland was never replaceable.

Weiland's and STP

In 2013, Weiland ultimately completed his career, and he was quickly replaced. But why? Chester Bennington stepped in, did some touring with the band, but never made an album with them. Some time had gone by, then Scott then passed away in 2015. More touring was done in his honor, then sadly Chester passed away in July of 2017. A few short months later, Jeff Gutt was named lead singer and an album was completed and on shelves within six months.

Do I have a problem with a band adapting and focusing on continuing their careers without certain members? Absolutely not. However, in this case, was it done for the right reasons? Was Jeff Gutt thrown into the mix where the tracks were already written? “Hey, go put some lyrics on these so we can make some money.” All of the other members in Stone Temple Pilots have established names in the industry and have side projects that succeed. Why continue with STP when it just feels wrong?

STP should have stopped while they were ahead

In 2018, everyone is offended by what the media writes, and it seems that no one can agree upon anything. However, after reading many diehard fans' thoughts, the masses point is that Stone Temple Pilots should have stopped while they were ahead. Is it also related that the band once capable of selling out arenas, now without Scott Weiland have moved their act to the more intimate “lobby” of some theaters? I think the fans have spoken, but listen to the self-title album for yourself. We’d love to hear your thoughts.


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