Yesterday, former Creed frontman Scott Stapp made some comments in a radio interview that led many to speculate he’d been tapped to replace the late Scott Weiland in Stone Temple Pilots. It turns out those guesses were exaggerated, but not greatly so; Stapp is replacing Weiland, but not in STP. He’s stepped into the frontman role for the rock supergroup Art of Anarchy.
Well, to say Weiland was ever really a band member might be stretching things. Art of Anarchy, which features former Guns N’ Roses guitarist Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal, Disturbed bassist John Moyer, and twin brothers Jon (guitar) and Vince Votta (drums), announced their existence early last year. However, Weiland was apparently taken off guard by the press release. He shared his own statement clarifying that though he’s on the band’s record and even filmed some videos with them, he was more of a session contributor than a true part of the outfit. Bumblefoot contested that contracts were signed and agreed to, but accepted that the singer had chosen to focus on Scott Weiland and The Wildabouts instead.
Either way, Art of Anarchy has now found their permanent frontman. Stapp shared the news on Facebook (via Alternative Nation) as a means of clearing up any confusions his previous remarks had caused. “First off, Scott Weiland in STP is irreplaceable,” Stapp wrote. He added, “Original announcement was slated for July along with our first single and album to follow but happy to share this announcement sooner to clarify. Art Of Anarchy is the project that I was referring to in the interview not STP. Scott Weiland was a part of Art of Anarchy and that’s the six degrees of separation I was referring to.”
Find his full statement below, followed by the Weiland-featuring video for Art of Anarchy’s “‘Til the Dust is Gone”.