10 Worst Times Hard Rock Bands Changed Singers

9. Stone Temple Pilots

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Formed in the late 80's, STP were one of the pioneers of the grunge movement in the 90's. They found massive success with their 1992 debut, Core. Throughout the decade, STP with frontman Scott Weiland churned out albums and radio hits...despite Weiland's infamous drug abuse. Touring in support of their 1996 album Tiny Music...Songs From the Vatican Gift Shop, Weiland would enter rehab and they had to cancel the remaining '97 dates.

The rest of the group went to work with Dave Coutts singing and performed under the title "Talk Show". With one album (considered a commercial failure) the group disbanded. In 1998, Weiland rejoined STP and they released the No. 4 record which was well received. After one more album, the group again split ways with Weiland joining with members of Guns-n-Roses to form Velvet Revolver. The DeLeo brothers aka bassist and guitarist for STP tried forming their own supergroup called Army of Anyone but the project resulted in only one album.

From 2008-2013, STP was on and off with Weiland back in the fold but 2010's self-titled album would be the last time he would finish a record with them. In 2013, the rest of the group went to work with Linkin Park's Chester Bennington and although he was named an official member, they only managed the 2013 EP High Rise before Bennington announced he would be stepping down to concentrate on Linkin Park in 2015. By 2017, both Weiland and Bennington had died.

In 2016, the members of Stone Temple Pilots announced they would be doing online auditions for a new singer. Jeff Gutt, of X-Factor fame, was later chosen. Together they've released 2018's self-titled album and the 2020 acoustic album Perdida which have been written off as mostly generic. Gutt is doing his best Weiland impression, but it's noticeable that they've lost the edge and excitement of their original frontman.

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