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Corey Taylor and Stone Temple Pilots perform Sex Type Thing

by Stephen Charlton2016/05/16

Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor had a chance of pace recently, taking on the sleazy rock ‘n’ roll of Sex Type Thing with Stone Temple Pilots members Dean and Robert DeLeo. The performance of the group’s 1992 hit was made the Adopt The Arts benefit concert in Los Angeles.

Corey Taylor no stranger to Scott Weiland’s vocal parts

Former Guns N’ Roses/Velvet Revolver drummer Matt Sorum sat in on drums. Corey Taylor has previously auditioned for Velvet Revolver, so he’s no stranger to taking on the late Scott Weiland’s vocal parts. He does an excellent job to my ears, although you can judge for yourself in the video footage above.

Sex Type Thing given a different interpretation

Taylor’s performance is quite different to Chester Bennington’s take on the song, who sung it more straight rather than putting a lot of attitude into the performance.

Stone Temple Pilots are currently searching for a new singer, following the departure of Bennington in November 2015. The frontman is now focusing on his commitments with Linkin Park. Stone Temple Pilots conducted an online audition for the vocal spot in February. The three-piece, rounded out by drummer Eric Kretz, released the following statement:

“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. No one will ever ‘replace’ Scott, that was never the intent. The intent is for Stone Temple Pilots to continue on, to evolve, and to do what we do… make music!”

Whether the performance with Taylor was just a one-off, or a taste of things to come, who can say? Taylor is a workaholic so just because he’s active in two major bands doesn’t necessarily mean he wouldn’t take on a third.

Stone Temple Pilots members perform with all-star line-up

After performing Sex Type Thing at the benefit, the DeLeo brothers covered Stevie Wonder’s Superstition with former Deep Purple vocalist Glenn Hughes, Chilli Peppers drummer Chad Smith, The Cult keyboardist Damon Fox and Mick Jagger guitarist Stevie Salas. Some commentators have suggested Glenn Hughes may be a contender for the Stone Temple Pilots vocal spot. However it seems a little hard to imagine the 64-year-old veteran rocker trading his solo commitments to sing ’90s grunge. The video above also shows Hughes doing a fiery version of Deep Purple’s Burn with The Cult shredder Billy Duffy.

Original Stone Temple Pilots vocalist Scott Weiland.

Original Stone Temple Pilots vocalist Scott Weiland.

The final round of auditions for the vocalist role in Stone Temple Pilots started last month. The band said the following on their Facebook:

“With MANY hours clocked in behind the computer, the three of us have chosen and are auditioning some very talented people. We are thrilled to get in a room with each of these very talented individuals.”

The band uploaded instrumental versions of three of their songs – Interstate Love Song, Vasoline and Trippin’ on a Hole in a Paper Heart – for hopefuls to try out on.

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Stephen Charlton

Stephen Charlton is a musician, journalist and editor.

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