Stone Temple Pilots Plots Tour With New Frontman

Michelle Shiers
– Stone Temple Pilots

Alternative trailblazers Stone Temple Pilots are headed back on the road in North America with a new singer, Jeff Gutt of “The X Factor” fame.

The new dates are mostly in clubs, starting March 2 in Santa Clarita, Calif., and continue with two solid weeks of dates, which end March 17 in Billings, Mont. There are also festival appearances booked at Florida’s Welcome To Rockville and Fort Rock on April 28 and April 29 respectively, and Rock on the Range in Columbus, Ohio on May 20.

Tickets go on sale Dec. 9 at 10 a.m. PST. Purchasing a ticket to a headline date will get you a copy of the upcoming STP album after it drops in 2018.

Founding guitarist Dean DeLeo, bassist Robert DeLeo and drummer Eric Kretz are still in the band,  and Dean said in a statement: “We are thrilled to see all of you and share in the music that belongs to all of us.”

Gutt finished in second place on the third season of “The X Factor USA,” and is featured on the new single from Stone Temple Pilots, “Meadow.”

We highlighted a review of STP’s return at Troubadour in West Hollywood, Calif., Nov. 28, in which Arthur Shtern wrote: “The band took the time to formally introduce [new frontman Jeff Gutt] to the audience to a raucous applause, prompting him to finally take off his sunglasses and name-tag, before going into ‘Coma.’ Things got eerie from there with the inclusion of hit songs ‘Interstate Love Song’ and ‘Plush.’ Eerie only because Gutt sounded so much like original frontman, the late, great Scott Weiland who passed away tragically in 2015. If you closed your eyes you couldn’t tell the difference, and that is not a slight to either artist in any capacity.”

The previous two frontmen, Scott Weiland and Chester Bennington, have died. Scott Weiland died of accidental drug overdose in 2015. Bennington died earlier this year by hanging in his home earlier this year, though he had left the group a few years prior.

For all the latest on Stone Temple Pilots’ concert plans, check out the group’s Pollstar artistpage