by Alisha Jackson
The rocker who ends up landing the gig of Stone Temple Pilots‘ new lead singer has a lot more to live up to than the band’s former frontman, Chester Bennington. When he joined STP in 2013, the band’s original lead singer, Scott Weiland, was still alive. Therefore, Chester had more of a fill-in role in the band, rather than a permanent one.
Less than a month before Scott Weiland was found dead on his tour bus, Bennington had left the band amicably in order to focus more on Linkin Park. After a few months of mourning their late ex-bandmate, STP launched an online audition for a new vocalist that said, “If you think you have what it takes to front this band, record with this band, and tour with this band, we would dig hearing from you.”
According to multiple sources, Fillipino musician John Borja has what it takes. Alternative Nation is reporting that Borja posted a photo with STP bassist Robert DeLeo and Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen on Facebook last week, which shows that he’s at least been in touch with one member of the band. Fuel frontman Toryn Green reportedly commented on the photo, “Ready to tear up the planet?” You can check out the post here.
Borja talked to Radio Republic about the speculations, and although his comments were ambiguous, you can tell that he made it deep into the audition process with Stone Temple Pilots. “As of now I can’t give the full details yet, but there are clues or hints that seem to be favorable to me,” he said. “I respect the guys’ decision, whatever it is. It would be my honor to play music with them,” he added.
Borja made it known that he wasn’t looking to replace Scott Weiland, as he finds the task to be impossible. “(Weiland) is irreplaceable. No doubt about it,” he said, “but I think I can carry his legacy through my personality, despite being Filipino.”
Watch his audition below and see if you think he has what it takes.