Stone Temple Pilots Launch Open Audition for New Singer

"No one will ever 'replace' Scott, that was never the intent," band says jointly. "The intent is to continue on, to evolve and ... make music"

Stone Temple Pilots have begun a search for their new singer and will hold an open audition online Credit: Ryan Williams

Stone Temple Pilots are kicking off 2016 with the search for a new singer, following the departure of Chester Bennington last fall. The twist is that they're opening auditions up to the whole world. Soon, anyone will be able submit an audition to their website of himself or herself singing for an opportunity to join the band.

"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," band members Robert and Dean DeLeo and Eric Kretz wrote in a statement on their official site. "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."

In the announcement, the band members were careful to pay respect to their founding frontman, Scott Weiland, who died in December. "No one will ever 'replace' Scott, that was never the intent," they wrote. "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."

Bennington had joined the band in 2013, following a period where Weiland had returned to the group, but he left Stone Temple Pilots last November to focus on his other act, Linkin Park. "Having Chester front two bands of this size and scope was too much for one man to be able to do and so regretfully we had to move onto a new chapter together," the group explained. This, they said, is why they need fans' help.

In their singer submission video, the three members are seen playing together for about a minute before they break and Robert addresses the camera. "Hey, Dean and Eric and I are looking for a singer," he says. "Stone Temple Pilots wants you."

Read Stone Temple Pilots' statement:

2016 marks a new year for Stone Temple Pilots…

A year of hope, optimism, and most importantly, new music! We are immensely proud of all that we have been able to share with you over the years. Music, music, music. We very much want to continue doing that, but that's going to take a little help from all of you.

As you know, prior to the untimely passing of our brother in arms, Scott, we had been working with the incomparable Chester Bennington. What you also likely know is that having Chester front two bands of this size and scope was too much for one man to be able to do and so regretfully we had to move onto a new chapter together. This is where you come in…

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.

Love,

Robert, Eric, Dean