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Chester Bennington has no plans to leave Stone Temple Pilots


Linkin Park star Chester Bennington's side project with Stone Temple Pilots looks set to become a semi-permanent thing --he's keen to perform as Scott Weiland's replacement and his new bandmates are very happy to have him.

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Bennington surprised fans when he stepped up to perform with Stone Temple Pilots at Los Angeles radio station KROQ's annual Weenie Roast in May and he fronted the band again at the annual MAP/MusicCares Fund Benefit Concert on Thursday night.

And he tells Rolling Stone magazine that he's more than happy to front two major rock bands at the same time. He explains, "When you get together and put a new piece in, there's a whole different energy. For us, the creative juices have just been flowing. We've been writing, we have tons of great ideas. Next week we're going back in the studio and hammering out some more music.

"We don't have a label. Everything we're doing is on our own, so we're just taking it one track at a time. We would love to sit down and hammer out a record, but the reality is we're gonna make music, we're gonna make a lot of it, and we're gonna be in a position to release a single at a time, go out and really give people music the way they want to get it.

"It is a good position to be in, and for us, all we care about is going out, making the legacy as great as it needs to be, as great as people expect it to be, and coming out with new music that lives up to that standard."

And his new bandmate Dean DeLeo is thrilled to have Bennington onboard following months of drama with former STP leader Weiland. He says, "It just came about very harmoniously... Very natural."

Jun 3, 2013 11:03AM
Jun 2, 2013 10:58PM
If you feel that passionate about the venture, then drop the STP and choose a new name that proves you're serious and want to be taken seriously.  Don't coast-along on the fumes of former interstate-love-songs.  "Taking" the place of an already established band-member(unless, of course said member dies or something) automatically makes you a wanna-be in the minds of the band's former fans and opens you up to the obvious years of awkward comparing and contrasting that--"in the end"--taints the image of both versions of said band.  Plus, it comes off kinda CREEPy to be...Linkin your persona to a band that had such a larger than life persona already...PARKed in the front-man space.  You've gotta have balls of...Stone to want to attempt a plane that has been grounded since, what?  '99 at the latest?  We're just fans, however. Nothing we could say even matters.  You guys SHOW Scott by putting on mediocre-shows inbetween your LP stints and help us learn the hard way that fans ARE just temporary sources of income in the over-all scheme.  Every pretty-penny...
Jun 1, 2013 8:04PM
Weiland is done. Guy has more trips to rehab than hit songs.
Jun 1, 2013 7:54PM
Tell you what - the DeLeo Brothers should have stuck with the Army Of Anyone lineup and made another album or more.  Richard Patrick is an aawesome vocalist and that one CD they did is phenomenal.
Jun 1, 2013 6:42PM
Replacing a great singer with a sub-par screamer, somebody was higher than Weiland when they came up with that idea. Glad I got to see STP in 94 when they were a great band, now they're just hanging on for dear life and another greatest hits cd. R.I.P.
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