Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington has been hired as the new frontman of the Stone Temple Pilots.
Scott Weiland was terminated from his position in February, and now Bennington will sing with the band at future concerts, with the group even recording new material together.
Bennington played with the band at KROQ Weenie Roast in Los Angeles over the weekend, playing their new song, “Out of Time,” as well as their classic songs “Sex Type Thing” and “Vasoline.”
Stone Temple Pilots band members, Dean DeLeo, Robert DeLeo, and Eric Kretz, confirmed Bennington’s arrival on their website, writing, “Chester has a one-of-a-kind voice that we’ve admired for a long time. We know Linkin Park will always be his priority, but we thought it would be cool to try something together. We managed to find the time to record a song and we’re all really happy with the result.”
Bennington also discussed his arrival, stating, “I’ve loved STP since I was 13 years old and they’ve had a huge influence on me. When the opportunity came up to do something creative with them, I jumped at the chance. The guys in Linkin Park have been incredibly supportive of me undertaking this project while I’ve continued to work on new music with LP.”
Weiland was dismissed from the band because his relationship with the fellow musicians had soured drastically, so much so that he supposedly learned of his termination via the press.
He explained at the time, “I learned of my supposed ‘termination’ from Stone Temple Pilots this morning by reading about it in the press. Not sure how I can be ‘terminated’ from a band that I founded, fronted, and co-wrote many of its biggest hits, but that’s something for the lawyers to figure out. In the meantime, I’m looking forward to seeing all of my fans on my solo tour which starts this Friday.”
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