Scott Stapp essentially confirmed that he will be the new lead singer for Stone Temple Pilots. In an interview with an Atlanta radio DJ to promote his current solo tour — the Proof of Life Tour — the man known most for being the lead singer of Creed implied as heavily as one could that he would be singing for STP in the future.
In a separate interview with Health Talk on Fox News, Stapp also talked about how his un-diagnosed bipolar disorder may have been a blessing in disguise, and his optimistic outlook about a Creed reunion down the road. But it sounds like a gig with Stone Temple Pilots will be happening first.
But the DJ in Atlanta (Jason Bailey of WNNX) wanted to know more about Stapp singing for Stone Temple Pilots, even though it was Scott who steered the conversation in that direction. After simply being asked how his life was, Stapp went right into talk about touring with a new band, as opposed to his post-Creed solo tour.
“I’m excited to be back out on the road. I’ve also been working on a new album with a new group of guys — guys from some pretty well-known rock bands that you guys will know.”
Bailey puts the pieces together and asks Stapp directly if he’s talking about Stone Temple Pilots, as Metal Injection reports.
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Scott wouldn’t divulge any details, however.
“This other band I’m jamming with is its own band with its own band name.”
The former Creed vocalist also gave the classic, “I can’t confirm or deny” as an attempt to avoid answering the question. When Stapp went on to say that he had a “six degrees of separation” relationship to the band he’s working with, the DJ noted that Scott was currently touring in the bus where former STP singer Weiland died. The Creed frontman’s response?
“Dude, you are just on point, aren’t you?”
Stapp is currently on the second leg of his “Proof of Life Tour.” Having been properly diagnosed with bipolar disorder (as opposed to the depression diagnosis he received in 1998), Stapp is using the tour as an opportunity to speak out and raise awareness about his condition.
As the lead singer of Creed, Stapp sold over 40 million albums, the band reaching their commercial peak around the turn of the millennium. Since then, Stapp has suffered through some rather embarrassing public displays, which he now attributes to his bipolar disorder.
Assuming the rumor is true and that Scott Stapp will be filling Scott Weiland’s shoes, it will be the third lead singer in Stone Temple Pilots history. Of course, the original lead singer, Scott Weiland, passed away last year. In 2013, STP and Weiland split up. Wanting to continue without him, the Stone Temple Pilots had Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington take Weiland’s spot. Shortly before Weiland’s death, Bennington left STP on good terms to focus on Linkin Park.
It appears STP have moved on from Linkin Park to Creed.
In his interview with Fox News, Stapp was also asked about the possibility of another Creed reunion.
“Creed is one of the greatest musical experiences I’ve ever had in my life… I would think that it would be cool to get back together, but we’re going to have to wait and see what happens.”
For now, Creed fans will have to settle for his solo work and Scott Stapp’s not-technically-confirmed role as the new lead singer of Stone Temple Pilots.
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