Gutt, too, remembers "Meadow" as "part of my audition process," and a track that clicked with him right away. "It was really raw in the beginning," he says. "More than anything I tried to feel the music and let the music tell me where to go, and I never really tried to force anything. I was just going for vibe, and it wasn't about the lyrics right away. I was just mumbling kind of a melody, but most of that is what we ended up keeping and it got the ball rolling and I put the lyric in afterwards. I tried to just really go with what was given to me, and that's what came out."
DeLeo and Gutt say STP recorded 14 songs for the album, though it's likely not all will be part of the finished set. The guitarist adds that finding out Gutt was a good writing partner was key to STP's decision to formally hire him in June. "That's what really turned our heads with Jeff, when we started getting shoulder to shoulder and started writing and preparing for a new record," DeLeo explains. "He didn't have the gig at the time, but when we sat down together and wrote it was very evident he had a very good sensibility of what the song needed and what the song wanted, and that's what really interested us."
STP introduced Gutt during a private Nov. 14 concert at the Troubadour in Los Angeles. The new lineup's next tour begins March 2 with a combination of headline dates and festival appearances and more shows likely to be announced soon.
STONE TEMPLE PILOTS 2018 TOUR DATES
March 2 Santa Clarita, CA @ The Canyon
March 3 Indio, CA @ Rhythm, Wine & Brews Experience
March 4 San Diego, CA @ Observatory
March 8 Pasadena, CA @ Th Rose
March 9 Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues
March 10 Phoenix, AZ @ Marquee
March 12 San Francisco, CA @ Fillmore
March 13 Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades
March 15 Portland, OR @ Rosalind
March 16 Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory
March 17 Billings, MT @ Pub Station Ballroom
April 28 Jacksonville, FL @ Welcome to Rockville
April 29 Fort Lauderdale, FL @ Fort Rock
May 4 Concord, NC @ Carolina Rebellion
May 13 Somerset, WI @ Northern Invasion
May 19 Camden, New Jersey @ MMRBQ / BB&T Pavilion
May 20 Columbus, OH @ Rock on the Range /Mapfre Stadium
May 25 Pryor, OK @ Rocklahoma