It looks like rock stars are getting younger these days. New Stone Temple Pilots front man Jeff Gutt invited a nine-year-old fan up on stage to sing “Dead and Bloated” at the band’s concert in Phoenix, Ariz. on Saturday. Gutt introduced the ecstatic boy to the energetic live crowd at The Marquee by saying, “This is Vedder everybody. He’s gonna sing with me … He’s a friend of mine. I grew up with his dad, actually.”
Gutt prompted the audience to help them start the song and then Vedder jumped in and laid down some fierce rock vocals. He took total command of the stage while jumping to the beat and belting out the lyrics. At one point, the young singer shared the mic back and forth with Gutt, and they even sang together for a bit. (Watch Vedder’s entire performance in the video embedded above).
Detroit native singer-songwriter Jeff Gutt has easily assumed his role as lead vocalist for the Grammy-winning San Diego alt-rock band, since STP’s official announcement toward the end of last year. He delivers the perfect combination of vocal power, range, and grit packaged in genuine rock and roll swagger.
“Dead and Bloated” is the first track from Stone Temple Pilots’ chart-topping debut studio album, Core. The live Phoenix audience knew the song well and enthusiastically joined in to sing and cheer for Vedder. The show comes less than a week ahead of STP’s upcoming self-titled album, which drops on March 16.
STP has released four singles from the upcoming album including “Meadow,” “Roll Me Under,” “The Art of Letting Go,” and the most recent, “Never Enough.” They also announced a string of 2018 spring tour dates and will play at Monster Energy Fort Rock Festival at Markham Park in Sunrise, Florida on April 29. (Click here to purchase tickets from AXS).