Stone Temple Pilots are kicking off 2016 by beginning the search for a new lead singer in the wake of their longtime frontman Scott Weiland‘s death in December 2015 and the departure of Chester Bennington (of Linkin Park fame) after two years with the band.
In a statement, Stone Temple Pilots say that 2016 is “a year of hope, optimism, and most importantly, new music” for the band, who want to move on with the help of their fans.
“As you know, prior to the untimely passing of our brother in arms, Scott, we had been working with the incomparable Chester Bennington,” the group says.
“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.”
Stone Temple Pilots say they want to hear from anyone who reckons they have what it takes to lead the band both in the studio and on the stage, and they’ve have made it clear that despite the tragic passing of Weiland last year, they are keen to move forward.
“No one will ever ‘replace’ Scott, that was never the intent,” they say. “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.”
Submissions for Stone Temple Pilots’ vocalist position are now open over at the band’s website, which is already streaming a number of early submissions. The group have also uploaded a brief video to YouTube announcing their search for a new singer. Catch the clip alongside the band’s full statement, below.
Scott Weiland was found dead on his tour bus in December, during a US tour by his band Scott Weiland & The Wildabouts. Since then, a toxicology report found that Weiland had died of a drug overdose involving cocaine, alcohol and ecstasy.
In late December, Stone Temple Pilots shared a moving video tribute to Weiland, centered around his powerful vocal performance on the band’s song Atlanta.
Watch: Stone Temple Pilots Singer Submission Announcement