A documentary about STONE TEMPLE PILOTS is in the works for Showtime.
Kent Sevener, Showtime executive VP of content acquisition & business & legal affairs, promised “a compelling story” in an interview with Broadcasting & Cable, explaining that “not a lot has been done about the band.”
One-time “The X Factor” contestant Jeff Gutt made his live debut as STONE TEMPLE PILOTS‘ new vocalist during a SiriusXM special event in November at the Troubadour nightclub in Los Angeles.
STP had been without a vocalist since November 2015, when Chester Bennington — who joined the group in early 2013 — departed to spend more time with his main band LINKIN PARK. Bennington committed suicide last July.
Scott Weiland, who reunited with the group in 2010 after an eight-year hiatus but was dismissed in 2013, died in December 2015 of a drug overdose while on a solo tour.
STONE TEMPLE PILOTS‘ new, self-titled album will be released on March 18.
In a 2016 interview with 105.7 The Point, Dean DeLeo defended STONE TEMPLE PILOTS‘ decision to keep the group name when a fan told him not to continue using the name of “Scott Weiland‘s band.”
“It’s interesting, because there’s people that say, ‘That was Scott‘s band,'” the guitarist said. “Well I’m going to tell you something: if this was Scott‘s band, it would have been run into the ground by 1998. It would have been over. That’s the way he lived his life. We’re talking about a guy that killed himself, unfortunately, the tragedy of that. Robert [DeLeo], Eric [Kretz], and I were the guys who managed through thick and thin to keep him together — he relied upon us, we relied upon him. He got farther and farther away from this world, and there was no coming back, man.”
Robert DeLeo told Billboard that he and his bandmates were motivated to keep the STONE TEMPLE PILOTS alive. “I think there’s a lot of music to be made, still, and not only that, but also playing songs that we wrote 25, 30 years ago that mean a lot to me, and I think there’s people out there who want to hear those songs, too,” he said.