STP COMPLETES 'BEAUTIFUL' NEW ALBUM Wednesday July 17 2019, 4:55 AM

STONE TEMPLE PILOTS frontman Jeff Gutt has confirmed to "Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon" that the band has completed work on a new album. The disc, which is not expected to arrive before 2020, will be Gutt 's second with STP after joining the band two years ago. His recording debut with the group was on its self-titled seventh LP, which arrived in March 2018.

Although Gutt had previously referred to STONE TEMPLE PILOTS ' upcoming album as an "acoustic record," he clarified to "Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon" that there were "no rules on it having to be acoustic or anything, [but] it has a vibe to it, and it's beautiful. It's all new songs," he said.

The band, which will reissue "Purple" in September in commemoration of the album’s 25th anniversary, will wait a few months before releasing the new LP.

"With the 'Purple' thing happening, it's pushing back the other thing," Gutt said. "'Cause we were only supposed to do a few songs, and it turned into a full record, 'cause we had so much creativity happening at the time. So we just made a whole record."

Describing the new STONE TEMPLE PILOTS music as "definitely different," Gutt said: "It's a very beautiful record. And I'm really happy with it."

Back in December 2018, STONE TEMPLE PILOTS played a rare acoustic concert at the Norwood Space Center in Norwood, Massachusetts.

Gutt , a 43-year-old Michigan native who spent time in the early-2000s nu-metal act DRY CELL , among other bands, and was a contestant on "The X Factor" , joined STONE TEMPLE PILOTS in 2017 after beating out roughly 15,000 hopefuls during an extended search that began more than a year earlier.

Original STONE TEMPLE PILTOS singer Scott Weiland , who reunited with the group in 2010 after an eight-year hiatus but was dismissed in 2013, died in December 2015 of a drug overdose.

Chester Bennington , who joined STP in early 2013, departed nearly three years later to spend more time with his main band LINKIN PARK . Bennington committed suicide in July 2017.

STONE TEMPLE PILOTS and RIVAL SONS will co-headline a North American tour this fall. The 12-city tour will kick off in Baltimore on September 13, with stops in Philadelphia, New York City, New Orleans and more, before wrapping up in STONE TEMPLE PILOTS ' former hometown of San Diego on October 9.

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