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Stone Temple Pilots unveil The X Factor USA star as new frontman

Stone Temple Pilots have tapped former The X Factor USA contestant Jeff Gutt as their new frontman.
The group, who have been without a permanent lead singer since the late Chester Bennington quit in 2015, announced the 41-year-old as their new vocalist at a concert in Hollywood, California on Tuesday (14Nov17).
Gutt, who finished as the runner-up in The X Factor USA in 2013, was chosen after an online audition process was launched last year, just after Bennington rejoined the band for one last gig.
The band will release their first single featuring their new singer, Meadow, later this week.
Stone Temple Pilots have been hit by two tragedies in recent years, with Linkin Park vocalist Bennington committing suicide in July. Bennington joined the band to replace their original frontman Scott Weiland, who was fired by group members in 2013.
Weiland passed away from an accidental drug overdose in December 2015, while on tour with his band Scott Weiland and the Wildabouts.
Although Gutt was announced as the new member of the rock group on Tuesday, he has apparently been working with the band members Dean DeLeo, Eric Kretz, and Robert DeLeo since late last year (16).
“We’ve been working with someone – I don’t want to name names yet – and we’re making music,” bassist DeLeo told Rolling Stone in September. “I don’t know if he’s well known or unknown; I don’t look at him as ‘well known’. But we’re writing music and we’re hopefully looking at finishing a record and putting it out soon.”
The unveiling gig will be broadcast on U.S. radio network SiriusXM on Friday (17Nov17).

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