Brian Byrne vying to become frontman of Stone Temple Pilots

Published on February 21, 2016
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Brian Byrne is shown in a 2013 photo. The Steady Brook native is auditioning to sing lead for The Stone Temple Pilots.

Steady Brook native Brian Byrne is in the running to become the new frontman for Stone Temple Pilots.

Byrne is auditioning to take over as lead singer of the band, after members Robert DeLeo, Dean DeLeo and Eric Kretz posted a message on their website earlier this month. Stone Temple Pilots’ longtime frontman Scott Weiland died while on tour with his band The Wildabouts in December, and Chester Bennington — who had succeeded Weiland to front the band for the past three years or so — has decided to focus on his own band, Linkin Park.

Stone Temple Pilots are a Grammy Award-winning alternative rock band famous for songs like “Interstate Love Song,” “Vasoline” and “Plush.”

“We are officially announcing that we are seeking a new vocalist to front Stone Temple Pilots,” the three musicians wrote.

“No one will ever ‘replace’ Scott; that was never the intent. The intent is for Stone Temple Pilots to continue on, to evolve and to do what we do ... make music!”

Byrne, who has been fronting alternative band I Mother Earth since 1997, had been in touch with STP’s management before Weiland’s death, but has now made his quest public. A Facebook page set up by a friend for support, “Brian Byrne for Stone Temple Pilots frontman,” has more than 1,700 members, and both Byrne and STP have been receiving near constant tweets of encouragement for his audition. Alan Doyle, Bob Hallett and other local musicians have added to the supportive tweets.

Byrne currently lives in Nova Scotia, where he moved last year after living a short time home in Newfoundland. He’s still making music with I Mother Earth and as a solo musician, playing gigs, and works as an on-air weekday afternoon radio host. He’s the founder of OCD Collective, a network of artists which raises money for children with autism as well as mental-health initiatives.

Stone Temple Pilots are based in California. Byrne, a husband and a dad of two, has alluded to continuing to work with I Mother Earth even if he landed the job and had to relocate.

“I can’t thank people enough ... seriously,” Byrne wrote on his Facebook page.

“Well, if nothing else, Canada sure has been supportive of my quest. You are all amazing.”

Listen to Byrne perform Stone Temple Pilots “Vasoline” here: