Singer Chester Bennington
of Linkin Park
and Stone Temple Pilots
addressed the current state of STP affairs, pointing out he's planing to stick around for the long run.
Bennington and bassist Robert DeLeo
discussed several very much current topics during the latest Rolling Stone
interview, also touching on the matter of rift with singer Scott Weiland
"I really respect the decision these guys have made,"
Chester kicked off. "I also understand how incredibly difficult having that conversation would be. At the same time, it isn't a surprise. Everybody who knows the band understands why decisions have been made."
He continued, "This is something I don't necessarily need I have a great career with a great bunch of guys who I love deeply, and we make awesome music together. There's no need for me to do this, but at the same time I do realize this is their life. This is how they're gonna pay their bills and put their kids through college, this is how they're gonna want to spend the rest of their lives."
Bennington concluded by stressing his dedication to STP. "So by saying yes to that means I'm 100 percent in as well,"
he said. "I didn't want to dick around with these guys and their future and put a year of time and work on something to go, 'I don't know if I really want to tour on my downtime.' You can't do that, so for me I need to make sure that I'm honoring everybody that's involved."
DeLeo chipped in, saying, "I had the complete gift, and so did Dean and Eric, of writing music with Scott, and I cherished that for as long as I could. I think now it's time to embrace this and cherish this. I feel very humbled by the fact the guys in Linkin Park are cool with this. All these guys are great dudes. It's not about music it's about the humanity of it. They're the kind of human beings you want to be around at this point in life."
STP are set to release their debut EP
featuring Bennington on vocals on October 5. Titled "High Rise
," the album was previously announced with its opening track "Out of Time