STP died with Weiland
Stone Chester Pilots was god awful.
in your opinion, but that's really up to the band. I think AIC died with Layne, honestly, but I don't begrudge them for using the name. I don't even really think of them as AIC, I think of them more as Jerry Cantrell solo. BGWTB pretty much is a JC solo record. William was rhythm guitar and backing vocals. Dinosaurs was different, and I didn't like it. I don't get hung up so much anymore about bands and whatever name they choose to use when they lose their singer. Same with Courtney Love using Hole. I thought it was stupid, but it didn't make me like/dislike the record. what's in a name, really? marketing, and nothing more. Talk Show probably would have been successful had they used the STP name. it was a good record.
I know Eddie Vedder thinks the drummer is the 'heart' of a band but I really think it's the singer. I think a lot of people can play the notes well but once you hear the different voice it completely throws me...it's why I hate covers.
STP, AIC and Blind Melon certainly aren't the same without their respective original singers. That doesn't mean that the rest of the band isn't capable of making great music with a new front man or woman. STP just hasn't found the right candidate, IMO. I'd really like to see them find someone who wasn't trying to mimic Weiland.