Looks like the Stone Temple Pilots are once again down a vocalist. Over the weekend, during an interview, former vocalist Scott Weiland revealed he had heard through the grapevine that current frontman, Chester Bennington, had left the group. On Monday (Nov. 9), the band and Bennington confirmed the news of the vocalist’s departure.
Bennington, who as we all know fronts Linkin Park had been working double duty for both bands since 2013, so it kind of comes as no surprise that the never-ending-work for the two groups finally caught up to him. In a statement, Bennington writes that the experience was great, but with all the things he has going on,”one of them always seems to fall short.” Instead of carrying it out and giving STP the bare minimal attention, Bennington just decided to leave the group.
Read his statement below.
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.
In response, the remaining members of STP (Robert DeLeo, Dean DeLeo, and Eric Kretz) mirrored Bennington’s own sentiments. But instead of dwelling on missing an integral part of the band, the group revealed in the letter that they had been “playing with some very talented singers over the last few months,” and will continue until they find what they are looking for.
Read the band’s statement below.
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
Bennington joined Stone Temple Pilots back in 2013 and was featured on the band’s most recent record, High Rise.