Stone Temple Pilots Confirm Chester Bennington’s Departure, Reveal They Have Written New Music
Scott Weiland recently told Alternative Nation his Stone Temple Pilots replacement, Chester Bennington, had left his former band. Today (Nov. 9), Bennington and the rest of STP have confirmed the news.
Bennington told Rolling Stone he is amicably parting ways with the band to focus on his main gig, Linkin Park. “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 percent,” he said. “It’s been an amazing experience and a dream come true, and I look forward to the future of both STP and Linkin Park.”
Bennington’s Stone Temple Pilots bandmates had kind words for the frontman, noting scheduling conflicts ultimately were to blame for his departure. They also revealed they have written “an abundance of new music”:
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.
Stone Temple Pilots will appear on Jimmy Kimmel Live! tonight without Bennington. Instead, they will be joined by Joss Stone as the Joss Stone Temple Pilots as part of Kimmel’s ongoing Mashup Mondays series.
Bennington took over as Stone Temple Pilots’ frontman in 2013 after Weiland’s tumultuous split with the band. Together, they released their High Rise EP that same year.
In addition to spilling the beans on Bennington’s exit, Weiland also told Alternative Nation the original Guns N’ Roses lineup are in talks for a reunion -- so maybe that’s true, too?