Stone Temple Pilots have narrowed down the list of potential new lead singers, with auditions for the role to begin in later this month on 18 April.
The search for a new singer follows the departure of Linkin Park vocalist, Chester Bennington, who took a sabbatical from his day job to help out STP. Bennington’s presence in the band came following the late Scott Weiland‘s departure, the founding singer who was sacked for substance abuse issues, and who tragically passed away from such problems last year.
Taking to Facebook, the band wrote that “the 3 of us have chosen and are auditioning some very talented people…We are thrilled to get in a room with each of these very talented individuals.”
STP had been running a rather open search for a new singer, with applications open to anyone who thinks they “have what it takes to front this band, record with this band, and tour with this band” according to a statement on the alt-rockers’s official website.
The band had uploaded instrumental versions of three of their songs – Interstate Love Song, Trippin’ on a Hole in a Paper Heart and Vasoline – for potential applicants to croon along to. Some submissions can be listened to here.
The audition process, whether its in the format of American Idol or The Voice, or even if it perhaps resembles a competition such as in the Highlander series of movies, hasn’t yet been clarified.
Check out the band’s quick statement on Facebook, in full, below.