Tony J West, Lead Vocalist for Hollywood’s Blacklist Union has recently recorded six songs for Stone Temple Pilots in an attempt to secure the lead vocalist position left vacant by Chester Bennington (Linkin Park) and the late Scott Weiland. I spoke with Tony this morning about the songs, why he’s making them available as free downloads and his thoughts about the late Scott Weiland and Stone Temple Pilots.
First of all Tony…..needs your support and help! As you can imagine, there are a lot of people looking to grab a high profile job, like being the vocalist for Stone Temple Pilots. But, Tony has received encouraging news from STP’s management company, asking him to record more tracks. Here’s a snippet of the letter that Tony received from them:
Listen to Tony’s version of Vasoline
So, Tony has decided to make these demos available to the public for several different reasons. One of course, is that he would love your support for helping him get the gig as he is fighting to get the job alongside many others. But, he also really wants to know what people think about it. When I spoke with him, he stated that he was a big fan of Scott Weiland’s work and realizes that no one could ever replace him. But, Tony has tried to be faithful to the original creations and the band’s incredible legacy while adding his own unique vocal style. While making these songs available for free downloads may not be the conventional style of promotion, Tony wanted everyone to know that he’s not your ever day conventional kind of guy or front man. Obviously, you can help support Tony, by contacting him through his Facebook page and of course letting The Stone Temple Pilots know that you like Tony’s versions!
To contact Tony West visit his Facebook Page here.
To contact the Stone Temple Pilots visit their Facebook page here.
Tony’s Demo Album consists of six songs…Sex Type Thing, Creep, Vasoline, Interstate Love Song, Big Bang Baby, Trippin’ On A Hole In A Paper Heart
The demo album is available as a free download. Just click the album cover below and save the album to your computer.
About Tony’s Band, Blacklist Union:
Los Angeles hard rockers Blacklist Union are back with their forth CD entitled ‘Back To Momo!’ Tony West and Todd Youth, two of rock n’ roll’s most controversial outlaws in 2015, wrote 13 blistering tracks for the CD. You are guaranteed inspiration with this brand of street rock with songs like “Alive N Well Smack in the Middle of Hell,” “Superjaded,” and “Evil Eye.” Hailed worldwide as the next big rock band, Blacklist Union are clearly on their way from the street to the elite.
Formed in 2004 by frontman Tony West, Blacklist Union released their debut ‘After The Mourning’ in April of 2006, which was met by critical acclaim all across the globe. From Memphis to Melbourne to Louisiana to London, Blacklist Union instantly made a mark throughout the rock n’ roll underground. Their follow-up in 2008 ‘Breakin’ Bread With The Devil’ with tracks including the title track, along with “Sixty-Five Steps Away” and “Wicked Love Song,” received the same amount of critical acclaim and put them on the map in the rock n’ roll world yet again. The band’s third full-length CD entitled, “Til Death Do Us Part” was released in 2012 and features amazing tracks including “Alabama Slammer,” “Diggin’ 4 Gold” was received yet with the highest ratings and reviews in the press. Blacklist Union are getting ready to release their fourth CD, ‘Back to Momo,’ which will without a doubt be received with the same level of enthusiasm and will certainly be exposing them to a larger audience around the world.
Blacklist Union have toured nationally receiving five star reviews from music industry magazines, fanzines, webzines, and has a continuously growing fan base both domestically and internationally. With all of their hard work and perseverance, Blacklist Union are a true rock n’ roll band that continuously push themselves to the limit in every aspect of their music. Singer/songwriter Tony West tackles real life situations that affect each and every one of us in one form or another. From character assassination, to name dropping, addictions, sexual innuendos, romance, friendships, birth, death and living on the edge of destruction is just a fraction of what is touched on in their music.
Blacklist Union recently signed with Doug Goldstein and When Pigs Fly Entertainment. The former Guns n’ Roses manager and current Blacklist Union manager has said that ‘Back to Momo’ is “The best record that he’s heard since ‘Appetite For Destruction’ and that “Tony West is the hardest working frontman he knows.” Keep a lookout for the first single and video for “Alive N Well Smack in the Middle of Hell” coming soon!
(Blacklist Union Bio Written by Alison “MetalBabe” Cohen and Craig Brzezinski)
Disclaimer: XS ROCK does not own the files available for download. They are the property of Tony J. West, music by Stone Temple Pilots.