STONE TEMPLE PILOTS Singer Top Candidate To Join Ex-GUNS N' ROSES Band

A source close to the new band formed by ex-GUNS N' ROSES members Slash, Duff McKagan and Matt Sorum has confirmed to MTV.com that STONE TEMPLE PILOTS frontman Scott Weiland is the top candidate to fill the singer slot in the group, presently known only as "THE PROJECT".

One sign that signals Weiland has the lead over other candidates is his inclusion on work submitted by THE PROJECT for soundtrack consideration. "They just did some songs and presented it to film companies," Slash spokesperson Arlett Vereecke said. At least one of those tracks feature Weiland's vocals.

Weiland, who was previously said to be finishing up work on his second solo album with producer Josh Abraham (STAIND, ORGY, CRAZY TOWN), is believed to be either in or about to enter a 30-day rehab program. "They're leaning toward Weiland," the source close to THE PROJECT said, "provided he wants to do it when he gets out of rehab. They're trying to reach out to help with his sobriety." Weiland's label spokesperson was unable to confirm or deny by press time whether the singer had indeed relapsed. Other singers known to have tried out for the position include Sebastian Bach (ex-SKID ROW), Kelly Shaefer (ex-NEUROTICA, ATHEIST), Travis Meeks (DAYS OF THE NEW), Mike Matijevic (STEELHEART), Pat Briggs (PSYCHOTICA), A. Jay Popoff (LIT), and Joshua Todd (ex-BUCKCHERRY).

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