At a private show last month in Los Angeles, Stone Temple Pilots made its triumphant return to the stage at the Troubadour where the Grammy®-winning group welcomed Jeff Gutt as their new lead singer.

Gutt (pronounced goot) is a veteran of the Detroit music scene and has spent the last year writing and recording with founding members Dean DeLeo, Robert DeLeo and Eric Kretz. In addition to introducing Gutt, the concert also featured the debut of the new Stone Temple Pilots single ‘Meadow‘. Available now via digital and streaming services, the song will appear on the band’s as-yet-untitled album, which will be released on Atlantic/Rhino in spring 2018 in conjunction with a North American tour.

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This show marks the beginning of a new journey for the band, one that began last year when the DeLeo brothers and Kretz launched a worldwide search for a new singer with whom to write, record, and tour.

“We wanted someone who would not only do our earlier songs justice, but would also write new songs and carve out a different path forward with us. It took some time, but we found our guy,” Dean explained.

For his part, Gutt is prepared for the inevitable comparisons to STP’s original singer Scott Weiland, who passed away in December 2015.

“No one will ever fill Scott’s shoes and I’m not trying to – he’s a legend. But these songs deserve to be performed and people want to hear them. I’m just honored that the guys chose me to help them continue to build this band’s legacy,” Gutt said.

The newly minted quartet is busy mixing the new songs now and plans to release the as-yet-untitled album in early 2018. This will be the group’s seventh studio album since its multi-platinum 1992 debut ‘Core‘, and its first full-length since ‘Stone Temple Pilots‘ in 2010. The album will be released on Atlantic/Rhino, continuing the band’s legacy with Atlantic Records to over 25 years.

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