After nearly two years since Stone Temple Pilots launched the search for a new singer, the pieces have fallen into place.

The group made their debut with former The X Factor contestant Jeff Gutt. Jeff Gutt, last night (November 14th) in Los Angeles. There band have also posted their a song Meadow, online. Listen to it, below.

Those in attendance at last night’s show at the Troubadour got a 13 song introduction to the new singer. STP opened their set with Down, running through a number of other all-time hits, as well as debuting Meadow and squeezing in a cover, MC5’s Kick Out the Jams.

Rumors suggested Gutt had been selected in November last year, two months after he auditioned, but the band insisted “no decision” had been taken. They’ve now said that he was formally hired in May this year, and that he’s spent several months writing and recording with colleagues Dean DeLeo, Robert DeLeo and Eric Kretz.

Bassist Robert DeLeo revealed he’d encountered Gutt while he was touring with the Hollywood Vampires in Detroit, MI. “After the show there was a musician who said, ‘Hey, man, you should check this guy out.’ And that’s where I kind of heard of him first; it was through that guy. And it just happened that it came together like that.”

Gutt compared the role to joining Led Zeppelin, “To me, they’re my Led Zeppelin.” He explained: “I had heard about [the auditions] but I was on tour in the Middle East with my band at the time… And then when I got back, I was driving and I heard, I can’t remember what song it was, but a Stone Temple Pilots song came on the radio. So I called my buddy in New York who knows everybody in the music industry, and I was like, ‘Hey, did they ever find a singer?’ And he was like, ‘You know what? I’ll send ‘em your stuff right now.’ And three days later, I got a call.”

He added that he felt that he’d secured the position “before I even got in the room, to tell you the truth, just because if you don’t feel that way, you’re probably not going to get it. You have to be confident. I mean, not cocky confidence – but I know my s–t. I know what I’m doing. I’ve studied my craft, I’ve studied Scott and the people Scott studied, and other singers of the era. I’ve really put a lot of time into that, and if you’re not willing to do all of that, you’re not going to be on the level to even be around these guys.”

Gutt was a runner up in the third season of The X Factor after performing songs including Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody, Radiohead’s Creep and Aerosmith’s Dream On.

source: Ultimate Classic Rock

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Black Country Communion have released a video for their latest single, Over My Head, from their new album, BCCIV. It can be viewed below.

The band previously released videos for the songs, The Last Song For My Resting Place, and Collide, which can be viewed here and here.

To read more about BCCIV, please visit this link.

BCCIV track listing:

1. Collide
2. Over My Head
3. The Last Song For My Resting Place
4. Sway
5. The Cove
6. The Crow
7. Wanderlust
8. Love Remains
9. Awake
10. When The Morning Comes
11. With You I Go (bonus track on vinyl edition only)

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History was made last week in the world of KISS, arguably the biggest rock band in the world, when brothers Bob and Bruce Kulick joined the KISS Kruise for the first time in the seven years the getaway has taken place.

“Our appearance on KISS Kruise 7 the first night on the Main Deck (“Sail Away “ Stage) was one of our most exciting and memorable gigs in my life,” says Bob. “And I know my brother feels the same way about it.”

Just hours after the performance, the internet lit up when Kruise passengers began posting and sharing live video of the Kulick Brothers’ show, which overwhelmingly was regarded as the strongest of the week (see some video posted, below).

The band (also comprised of vocalist / bassist Todd Kerns and drummer Brent Fitz) had one rehearsal and one chance to put a set list together for the show. “It was a very personal walk down memory lane,” Bob states. “Especially with these songs, since we played on the original recorded versions of every one of them.”

“It was, of course, also a treat to play with Brent Fitz, who was our anchor for the show as well as bassist and vocalist Todd Kerns, who happens to be the singer on my single, Rich Man, which just went to radio this week.”

Bob and Bruce Kulick set list from KISS Kruise VII

1 All American Man
2 Hide YouHeart
3 Wouldn’t You Like to Know Me
4 Domino
5 Larger Than Life
6 Tears are Falling
7 Nowhere to Run
8 Tough Love
9 Tonight You Belong to Me
10 Who Wants to be Lonely
11 Crazy Nights
12 Turn on the Night
13 Goodbye

Bob Kulick’s Skeletons in the Closet is available here and on iTunes now.

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Greetings from L.A. TrunkNation will be live from here this week in the usual 2-4P ET slot (replay as always 9-11P ET) on SiriusXM 106 Volume. Guests include Luke Spiller of The Struts (my favorite newer band) on Tues, John 5 on Wednesday and Lita Ford tomorrow. Don’t forget if in Tulsa I’ll be hosting Lita at IDL Ballroom 12/1. More guests TBA as well as a special event I am here to do tomorrow.

Thanks to Gary Parr and all the great fans I met at Parrfest in Brookshire TX on Saturday. Good seeing Don Dokken and hanging some as well.

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Hardeep Phull of the New York Post reports:

Hey, women! Forget your grandiose notions of working toward equality based on your intellectual merits. That’s all nonsense, and KISS’ Gene Simmons — a 68-year-old man — is here to tell you why.

In his new book, On Power: My Journey Through the Corridors of Power and How You Can Get More Power (Harper Collins, out Tuesday), the bass player, and vocalist, uses his decades of business experience to preach about how to get ahead in the modern world.

For women, Simmons argues that using sexuality is still the quickest route to power.

“Women have a choice,” he told The Post. “They can dress in potato sacks, [but] as soon as they pretty themselves up with lipstick, lift and separate them and point them in our general direction, they’re gonna get a response. Guys are jackasses — we will buy them mansions and houses . . . all because of sex.”

And, ladies, if you’re thinking of being a working mom, think again. “Get over your biological urges,” Simmons said. “It’s natural to want to have kids, but, sorry, you can’t have it both ways. You have to commit to either career or family. It’s very difficult to have both.”

Simmons knows his (freakishly long) tongue will get him in trouble. But as he so eloquently put it, he doesn’t “give a f–k what anyone thinks.” The rocker — whose band’s earnings and business interests, such as the restaurant chain Rock & Brews, have earned him an estimated net worth of $300 million…

…“If it wasn’t for the rich, there wouldn’t be jobs for people. There’d be no philanthropy. There’d be nothing,” he said. “A poor person never gave me a job. The American dream is not only alive, but it’s better and stronger than ever.”

Read more at the New York Post.


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[Dana’s note: While I know this subject is not related to hard rock/heavy metal, I thought it interesting, nonetheless]

Amy Ellis Nutt of the The Washington Post reports:

Despite the film industry’s depiction of psychopaths, classical music is not their go-to soundtrack in the real world.

“In the movies, if you want to establish in one shot that a monster has a human side,” said Pascal Wallisch, a psychology professor at New York University, filmmakers play a certain kind of music. There’s Beethoven in “A Clockwork Orange” or Mozart in “The Silence of the Lambs.” Wallisch and Nicole Leal, a recent graduate of NYU, wanted to find out if a preference for certain musical genres is correlated with psychopathy, a personality disorder characterized by manipulativeness and a lack of empathy.

The researchers gave a questionnaire to more than 190 NYU psychology students that rated their level of psychopathy. It includes questions such as, “For me what’s right is whatever I can get away with” and “Love is overrated.”

“The cliche is they [psychopaths] are all in prison, but they’re all over,” Wallisch said.

The students listened to a songs from a wide range of musical selections, from classical to recent Billboard 100 songs, and rated them on a seven-point scale. Most of the songs were unfamiliar to the students. Wallisch and Leal looked for correlations between preferences for certain songs and the students’ scores on the psychopathy scale. They identified about 20 songs that seemed to be particularly popular or unpopular depending on the listener’s level of psychopathy…

…Among the songs with the highest correlation were Eminem’s “=Lose Yourself, the Academy and Grammy award-winning rap song popularized in the 2002 movie 8 Mile, and Blackstreet’s No Diggity, which ousted Macarena”for Billboard’s top spot in 1996. Justin Bieber’s What Do You Mean was also popular with those students who scored high on the psychopathy scale. On the low end were Dire Straits’ Money for Nothing, the much-covered country tune Wayward Wind and The Knack’s 1979 pop-rock hit, My Sharona.

Read more at The Washington Post.


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