Stone Temple Pilots Watch Smashing Pumpkins Member Cover “Big Empty”

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Smashing Pumpkins’ 2015 and 2016 touring bassist Katie Cole recently covered Stone Temple Pilots’ classic “Big Empty.” Cole tweeted that Dean DeLeo called her to say he enjoyed the cover. Robert DeLeo tweeted Cole, “Hi Katie.. What a beautiful rendition of Big Empty. Lovely work. Much Love, Robert.” You can watch the cover below.

Kyle Meredith of Louisville’s 91.9 WFPK radio station recently interviewed new Stone Temple Pilots singer Jeff Gutt.

“It was their decision at the end of the day [to keep the band going]. It’s not like I decided to continue the Stone Temple Pilots. But the fact that they wanted to do that… And they hadn’t found the guy yet. I was overseas when they started their whole search [for a new singer], and when I got back, they still hadn’t found anyone. I was, like, ‘Man, [what about] me?’ That’s kind of what I thought to myself. ‘Cause I’m, like, ‘I can do that.’ If they’re gonna do it, it was important to me that it was done right too — as a fan.

That’s why I understand the people in the back [who watch the show] with their arms crossed, ’cause I would have been one of those people. So all those things went into making the record, and how to approach the stage — all those things went into that. At the end of the day, I’m just trying to feel the music and be free — as free as possible. Because that’s the thing that I learned most from Scott and that I envied the most — he was just so brave and free. There was no fear. I envied that in him. So I just to bring that.”

  • Cody Devere

    There is no STP without Weiland, even if they want to call it that to make money or whatever.

    • Gary Reilly

      Weiland wasn’t STP. He was one of 4 members who contributed. They’ve every right to carry on, just as AC/DC didn’t change their name when Bon died.

      • Corndog

        From memory, wasn’t he already AC/DC’s second singer?

        • Gary Reilly

          He was indeed.

          • Corndog

            They were so lucky to find Brian after Bon died. Both great singers.

          • Gary Reilly

            Was listening to both old and new AC/DC yesterday and yeah, both fantastic singers. They’re similar in that they can high high notes and sound a little raspy, but also markedly different, and I find STP to be in the same position; Gutt is eerily reminiscent of Weiland in some ways as he has a deep timbre to his singing voice, but also unique.

    • Dysnomia

      Disagree man. He was a great singer, one of the greatest in a generation. But they couldn’t help him man. Why stop because of a don’t need the money. They are playing because they love music.

      Of course they could’ve renamed it, but it still sounds very substantially like STP.

      Would you quit doing what you love because of a self destructive monster if he was in your band?