Stone Temple Pilots and Chester Bennington Part Ways


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.

– Chester

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.

With love,
Robert, Eric & Dean

Bennington joined Stone Temple Pilots back in 2013 and was featured on the band’s most recent record, High Rise.

Linkin Park Call Cops on Sublime with Rome? Not So Fast.




Police report time.


It’s starting to sound like there might be some bad blood between Linkin Park and Sublime. Rome Ramirez, the current singer of the punk band has accused Linkin Park of calling the cops on the band while they were smoking marijuana.

The bands recently shared the stage at KFMA DAY in Tucson, AZ, but according to Ramirez, the band called the cops on them because they were “allergic to weed” and that the police came and confiscated the weed while Sublime were on stage, though no arrest had been made.

Ramirez went on to dub Linkin Park by a new name, Linkin Nark. It’s would not be so surprising if this did occur because LP frontman, Chester Bennington has had a long history with drug addiction, but Mike Shinoda has now come out to defend the band.

Like Ramirez, Shinoda took to Twitter to voice his opinion on the matter claiming that his band were not the ones who called the cops on Sublime. He also goes on to give an alibi for the band saying that they were in the middle of a meet and greet when cops were called; nowhere near where the alleged smoking was going on.

And here we all thought smoking weed brought people together with mellow moods and munchies.

Linkin Park Singer to Join Stone Temple Pilots


Remember when Scott Weiland was kicked out of his own band just as he was about to head out on his solo tour? Well, it looks like more gasoline has been added to the fire.

Today, it was revealed that Linkin Park frontman, Chester Bennington, will be taking over Weiland’s frontman duties for Stone Temple Pilots and it looks like it has been a work in progress for sometime.

When news was first released that the Linkin Park frontman would be taking over the role, fans were a little confused about what it meant for the “Numb” group. Bennington went onto Twitter letting fans know that he has no plans on leaving his band and that it will always remain a number one priority for him.

So far, there has been no other word on what will be happening with the newly revamped STP, but we can only imagine that a new album and maybe even a tour could be on its way.

Until then, check out the first new song, “Our Time” from the Stone Temple Pilots featuring Chester Bennington below.