Filling the shoes of former Stone Temple Pilots’ frontman Scott Weiland as well as Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington was no simple task.
But the 2013 X-Factor runner up Jeff Gutt had prepared his entire life for this moment - he rose above 15,000 others in Stone Temple Pilots’ quest to uncover their new vocal lead.
Two years ago on November 14, San Diego rock band Stone Temple Pilots resurfaced with singer Gutt during a private SiriusXM show at The Troubadour in Los Angeles that reassured industry natives and music fans alike that STP had circumvented a near-split and would continue the legacy they had built during the 90's. After playing through their classic commercial hits like “Plush,” The Pilots previewed the single “Meadow,” in anticipation of their second self-titled album, their first studio album release with Gutt.
The sunglasses donned, white bleached hair Gutt beamed especially bright as he stormed the stage’s spotlight, swinging into a roaring range of falsettos and a half snarl, half seductive croon during verses.
Quickly Gutt made it clear, his inclusion within this Stone Temple Pilots era heralded not a separate shift, but a spiritual addendum to the deep roots of the band in a progressive, yet respectful manner.
"There’s nothing preconceived, and I don’t go up there to do an impression of Scott,” spoke Gutt to Detroit News. “I try to feel the music as best I can, and if there’s little hints of Scott here or there, then I see that as a good thing.”