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Local singer Jeff Gutt joins Stone Temple Pilots

By Gary Graff
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After months of rumors, Mount Clemens-raised singer Jeff Gutt has been named the new frontman for the Grammy Award-winning band Stone Temple Pilots.

Gutt, 41 -- a finalist on "X Factor USA" in 2013, was revealed on Tuesday night, Nov. 14, during an STP private concert at the Troubadour in Los Angeles. He'll be the groupís third singer, following the late Scott Weiland and Chester Bennington, who died during July. STP has released a new single with Gutt, "Meadow," and plans to release a new album during the spring of 2018, with a tour to follow.

"No one will ever fill Scott's shows and I'm not trying to -- he's a legend," Gutt said in a statement. "But these songs deserve to be performed and people want to hear them. I'm just honored that the guys chose me to help them continue to build this band's legacy."

Guitarist Dean DeLeo said that, "We wanted someone who would not only do our earlier songs justice, but would also write new songs and carve out a different path forward with us. It took some time, but we found our guy."

Gutt is the "winner" of an extensive search for a new STP singer that included 15,000 online submissions and 30 in-person auditions in Los Angeles. The group became aware of him last summer, when bassist Robert DeLeo was touring with the all-star Hollywood Vampires and was introduced to Gutt's music during a stop at the DTE Energy Music Theatre. Gutt, who had not submitted himself, was brought to Los Angeles during September of 2016 and sang during the final day the auditions.

"He can sing. He's a singer," Robert DeLeo said during an interview earlier this year. "There are many singers that come in that can sing, too. That's not only what we're looking for. There's a lot of things to look at to really, really choose someone to move forward with."

Prior to "X Factor USA" Gutt fronted the bands Dry Cell, Band With No Name, Acrylic and Punch. After his TV run he headlined a show at Detroit's Masonic Temple and at Arts, Beats & Eats. Most recently he formed a band called Rival City Heights, which released the singles "Take It Back" and "Fading Out."

During Tuesday's show, Gutt -- who sported a "Hello, My Name is Jeff" name tag on his chest -- and STP debuted "Meadow" and were also joined by fellow Detroiter Wayne Kramer for a rendition of the MC5's "Kick Out The Jams."

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