STONE TEMPLE PILOTS Singer, Ex-GUNS N' ROSES Members Record Second Song

STONE TEMPLE PILOTS singer Scott Weiland has recorded a second song with the new band featuring ex-GUNS 'N ROSES members Slash, Duff McKagan and Matt Sorum. McKagan and Sorum attended the taping of METALLICA's "mtvICON" show Saturday (May 3) and said they've contributed an original song titled "Set Me Free" to "The Hulk" soundtrack to go with the already announced cover of PINK FLOYD's "Money" for the soundtrack to director F. Gary Gray's upcoming remake of the 1969 British crime comedy "The Italian Job", which stars Mark Wahlberg, Edward Norton and Charlize Theron. The five-piece band, which has been referred to as THE PROJECT — although Sorum and McKagan refused to confirm that the name is "set in stone" — also includes ex-LOADED/WASTED YOUTH guitarist Dave Kushner. "The Hulk" premieres June 20, three weeks after "The Italian Job".

The band had been auditioning singers from all over the world, but Sorum claims they knew Weiland was their man the minute he walked into the studio. McKagan says they hope to release an album next February. He calls the two soundtrack songs, "a good way to start this thing. Number one, it puts a little money into our thing so maybe we can do our own record and license it out, but it's also a good way to see what it's like in a studio situation with Weiland."

Weiland, who was reported to have re-entered a treatment facility last month after an apparent drug relapse, was previously said to be finishing up work on his second solo album with producer Josh Abraham (STAIND, ORGY, CRAZY TOWN).

Abraham, who tracked four "artsy" songs with Weiland in August, said he hasn't heard from the singer since December and was unsure when the sessions would resume. "We started it and never really finished, but if the opportunity's there, I'm ready," Abraham recently said. "The material's really good." Among the songs already recorded are such tentatively titled tracks as "Drop That Baby", "If Only I Could Fly" and "Big Black Monster". Other singers known to have tried out for the singer position in THE PROJECT 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).

"The Italian Job" soundtrack, featuring THE PROJECT's cover of PINK FLOYD's "Money", is due May 26.


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