Stone Temple Pilots have a new singer. The band featuring brothers Rob and Dean DeLeo, which was once fronted by the late Scott Weiland, brought former “X Factor” U.S. contestant Jeff Gutt to the stage at Los Angeles’ Troubadour on Tuesday night (Nov. 14).
Gutt, a Detroit native, competed on the show in 2012, singing a moving rendition of Leonard Cohen’s classic “Hallelujah.” That he was a relative unknown to the crowd of rock fans was not lost on the 41-year-old: he wore a name tag that read, “Hello, my name is Jeff.”
The band, however, was very welcoming and gave the singer the opportunity to shine. They kicked off the show with “Down” and ran through some of STP’s greatest hits, including “Plush,” “Interstate Love Song,” and “Wicked Garden.”
The band treated Gutt’s debut as a big event, barring cell phones from the 500-capacity venue.