Stone Temple Pilots part ways with singer Chester Bennington
After almost three years of live shows and one EP that was released, the working relationship between one of the ’90s most popular American rock bands (some may disagree), and its Linkin Park vocalist is over. Both Stone Temple Pilots and their now former frontman Chester Bennington released statements in which they state their split is amicable, and they are staying on good terms. The reason behind it is simply the lack of time on Bennington’s side due to his commitments to his family and his Linkin Park bandmates.
The split between Stone Temple Pilots and Bennington seemingly leaves the door slightly open for the band’s mercurial frontman Scott Weiland to perhaps rejoin the group. Weiland is well known to Sleaze Roxx readers for having fronted the Slash led Velvet Revolver, which released two albums: 2004’s Contraband and 2007’s Libertad.
The following statements can be found on Stone Temple Pilots‘ website:
Chester Bennington: “The last few years have been an amazing experience. I got to create and perform with one of the greatest rock bands of our generation, that had so much influence on me growing up. With the amount of time STP deserves, in addition to being in Linkin Park, and with the needs of my family, one of them always seems to fall short. Going in to this, the four of us… Robert, Eric, Dean and myself knew what we were up against. We decided in due fairness to friends, fans and the legacy of STP that it needs more than time was allowing me. And in all fairness to my bandmates in Linkin Park, as well as to myself and to my family, I’m going to focus solely on Linkin Park so I can contribute 100%. It’s been an amazing experience and a dream come true, and I look forward to the future of both STP and Linkin Park.
Stone Temple Pilots: “What an amazing and beautiful few years we’ve all had together. It was our honor to play and see all of you recently on tour. We have thoroughly enjoyed our time together with Chester not only professionally, but even more so on a personal level. Sadly, it was evident that scheduling and time was working against us. Within this, there is a new beginning. There is an abundance of new music written, some of which is already recorded. We have had the fortune of playing with some very talented singers over the last few months and will continue to do so until each of us feels and knows when the right person arrives.
Robert, Eric, Dean“