Jeff Gutt thanks his father for having good taste in music.
After all, it turned him on to music at age 6 and, now, Gutt is preparing to launch his first tour as the Stone Temple Pilots singer. The band headlines the Marquee Theatre on Saturday, March 10.
“That’s how my journey started in music—thanks to my dad,” says Gutt (pronounced “goot”), who was raised in Marine City and Algonac, Michigan.
The 42-year-old’s journey included two appearances on The X Factor. During season two in 2012, he performed Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah,” before being eliminated. Gutt returned the following year, and was the runner up. He fronted several bands, including one with current Our Lady Peace guitarist Steve Mazur, also of Michigan.
He was revealed to be STP’s new singer during a November 14 concert, dubbed Stone Temple Pilots Reborn, broadcast live on SiriusXM with founding members Dean DeLeo, Robert DeLeo and Eric Kretz.
“We wanted someone who would not only do our earlier songs justice, but would also write new songs and carve out a different path forward for us,” says Dean DeLeo. “It took some time, but we found our guy.”
In addition to introducing Gutt, the concert featured the debut of the single “Meadow.” The full self-titled album is expected March 16.
“I’m really excited about the record and proud of it,” Gutt says. “I’m excited for the world to hear it. I’m excited about that. The tour and everything is coming together at the same time. It’s a wonderful time to be alive.”
Before choosing Gutt, the trio received and reviewed about 15,000 submissions online. Thirty of them auditioned in person. Gutt didn’t submit, however. He was invited after Robert DeLeo heard about Gutt when the STP musician played a show in Detroit with the Hollywood Vampires.
“It was a long process, but it’s a very serious thing,” Gutt says. “It’s not like they’re going to jump into anything. While we were recording, we had a good rapport with each other. It was very freeing. Ideas were welcomed. They didn’t try to tell me what to do. They let me be myself. I felt that was important.”
It’s vital on stage, too. Gutt doesn’t want to mimic Scott Weiland, but bring his own spin to STP.
“The opportunity to be in a band like Stone Temple Pilots is one thing. To help carry on the legacy, I take that very seriously. It’s important to me that it’s done correctly and humbly. It’s important that I go out and be myself and not something or someone I’m not. It’s going to be awesome and I’m really excited to do it.”
The concerts will feature new tracks and songs from the catalog.
“We’re taking the new songs on the road, and the old songs will be done properly—the way people want to hear them,” Gutt says. “We’re going to keep this music alive and give it back to the fans.”
At the same time, the single father is being true to himself.
“It’s a beautiful story,” he says. “Things are working out for me and them at the same time. My entire journey has brought me to this moment. You get one life, you might as well go all in and make it what you want.”
Stone Temple Pilots w/The Dirty Hooks, Marquee Theatre, 730 N. Mill Avenue, Temple, 480.827.0607, luckymanonline.com, 8 p.m. Saturday, March 10, $38.50 and $58.50.