After word broke online about the potential of Creed frontman Scott Stapp becoming a fill-in vocalist for Stone Temple Pilots as they move on from former substitute singer Chester Bennington, both Stapp and STP took to the interwebs to address the speculation.
“Despite recent comments,” Stone Temple Pilots tweeted out this morning, “Scott Stapp is not, nor has he ever been considered as the singer for STP.”
Well, guess that clears everything up right? Wrong. Apparently, as Stapp explained on his Facebook page, he is indeed taking on a role the late Scott Weiland once held onto, just not the one in Stone Temple Pilots.
“What’s up, Stapp here, I wanted to clarify any confusions on STP and my comment,” Stapp wrote online. “First off, Scott Weiland in STP is irreplaceable. I was recently asked what I’m currently working on in an interview and could not reveal details or announce this new project. This led the interviewer to assume it was STP and he eagerly kept asking for more details. Evidently my response caused confusion.”
The “With Arms Wide Open” vocalist continued to add, “I’m excited to share I’ve been working with Art Of Anarchy band whose members are Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal, formerly of Guns N Roses, John Moyer of Disturbed and Jon and Vince Votta. Original announcement was slated for July along with our first single and album to follow but happy to share this announcement sooner to clarify. Art Of Anarchy is the project that I was referring to in the interview not STP. Scott Weiland was a part of Art of Anarchy and that’s the six degrees of separation I was referring to. Always been a fan of STP and I wish them all the best in their search for a new singer.”
So, there you have it. No, Scott Stapp is not the new lead singer of Stone Temple Pilots. Instead, he and his newfound sobriety will be taking on a new role with Art of Anarchy – whose music can be heard below.