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CREED singer Scott Stapp has confirmed that he has joined ART OF ANARCHY as the replacement for late STONE TEMPLE PILOTS frontman Scott Weiland. ART OF ANARCHY released a self-titled debut album last year that featured Weiland alongside DISTURBED bassist John Moyer and ex-GUNS N’ ROSES guitarist Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal.
Stapp’s involvement with ART OF ANARCHY was originally slated to be announced in July, but the CREED frontman decided to “share this announcement sooner to clarify” recent speculation that he might have joined STONE TEMPLE PILOTS as that band’s new singer. The STP rumor was apparently semi-started by Stapp himself, who hinted in a radio interview that he had been recruited by STP as the third lead singer in the band’s history. But STP tweeted a brief statement on Monday (May 2) saying, “Despite recent comments, Scott Stapp is not, nor has he ever been considered as the singer for STP.”
Said Stapp in a statement: “I wanted to clarify any confusions on STP and my comment. First off, Scott Weiland in STP is irreplaceable. I was recently asked what I’m currently working on in an interview and could not reveal details or announce this new project. This led the interviewer to assume it was STP and he eagerly kept asking for more details. Evidently my response caused confusion. I’m excited to share I’ve been working with ART OF ANARCHY band whose members are Ron ‘Bumblefoot’ Thal, formerly of GUNS N’ ROSES, John Moyer of DISTURBED and Jon and Vince Votta. 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. Always been a fan of STP and I wish them all the best in their search for a new singer.”
Weiland, whom STP parted ways with in 2002 and again in 2013, died last December. Scott Stapp went through a highly publicized, drug-enhanced meltdown in 2014, after which he entered into an intensive rehab program and was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Stapp is now sober and in intensive therapy, although he recently began touring as a solo artist again.