Chester Bennington on Replacing Scott Weiland in STP: 'I Wish Nothing But the Best For Him'
"Great singer, participated in making some of the best records of all time," Bennington says.
Posted on May 21, 2013 03:10 pm
Although members of Stone Temple Pilots have no issues with bashing their former frontman Scott Weiland after the turmoil they've recently gone through, group's new singer, Linkin Park's Chester Bennington, has nothing but the words of praise for his predecessor.
So once the band started making fun of Weiland during KROQ interview this weekend, Benninton was quick to jump to his defense, giving him all the props for what he did in STP.
"We wish nothing but the best for Scott" vocalist said, confirming that Weiland was the one who helped build STP in the first place. "Great singer, participated in making some of the best records of all time, I wish nothing but the best for him."
The band surprised the fans by performing an eight-song set at Saturday's (May 18) KROQ's Weenie Roast. In Bennington's own words, there is no need for the group to explain anything to anyone, as it's all about the music. "Let the music do the talking, less talk more rock kind of idea."
Now that the "cat's out of the bag," things do look exciting for the four-piece. They confirmed the possibility of both releasing an album and going out on a tour and according to Bennington, "there's so many good songs" the band is currently working on.
"We're gonna go out and make more music and play more shows and have some fun," the frontman said.
Bennington also made it official that he is fronting both bands, stressing out that his new commitment with STP will in no way affect Linkin Park. It's in his opinion that side projects and involvements with other bands are actually what keeps Linkin Park fresh and exciting for both him and his bandmates.
When asked about the differences between singing in Linkin Park and STP, the vocalist started off by saying that "every band has its own kind of vibe.""Stone Temple Pilots has this sexier, more classic rock feel to it," Bennington said. "Linkin Park is a very modern, very tech-heavy type of band. It was kind of nice. I got to use my voice tonight. I got to sing and show my range a little bit. I still got to through a little scream in here and there but its really just so much different. I grew up listening to these guys. When this opportunity came up, it was just like a no-brainer."
The group already has a song out featuring Bennington on vocals. Titled "Out of Time," the track surprised most of the music fans, as many confessed they expected it to flop, but did just the opposite. You can check it out once again in the player below.
Can't wait to get back to LA and write with LP and STP!!