Stone Temple Pilots are back with a brand new album and a brand new singer. As you probably already know the story, their original lead singer was one of the most iconic lead singers of any band, Scott Weiland. Scott had a lot of troubles with addiction and was in and out of the band several times. He was replaced with Chester Bennington of Linkin Park, but Chester left to focus solely on his original band. Since this time, both singers have passed away and will never rejoin the band.
Now STP has a decision to make. Do they continue as a band? The answer to that is obviously YES or I wouldn’t be doing a review of their new album. Do they get a new lead singer that is completely their own person and nothing like the previous singer or do they get one that sounds just like Scott Weiland? The answer to that will come later, but first let me explain why I asked that question myself.
In history, bands have always replaced lead singers. There are two types of replacements..1) The singer that sounds nothing like the original singer and 2) the singer that sounds just like the old lead singer. Depending on which one you choose can have a different impact on the band. I think throughout history we have seen both work, however, for me there is only one solution.
Let’s look at the first, the new singer sounds nothing like the original singer. There are many examples of that happening and quite successfully…Deep Purple has done it, Black Sabbath, Rainbow and even Van Halen. Let’s look at Van Halen…with David Lee Roth (the original singer) and Sammy Hager (the replacement) were totally polar opposite singers and styles. However, each band was extremely successful in their own right. Why you might ask? Because the band sound was still Van Halen and the songs were great. Also, there was no real comparison between the two. It was really two different bands that just happened to have the same name. I personally like both versions (I am little more partial to David’s era just because I liked that sound a little better).