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.

Chester Bennington on Replacing Scott Weiland in STP: 'I Wish Nothing But the Best For Him'
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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.

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    SOAD_SoG
    Chester has the talent to fit in STP, he just gotta be himself and not be an exact copycat of Scott Weiland.
    Crimson Ghost
    I was at the Weenie Roast show and I gotta say that they sounded GREAT there. Best band of the night by far. I'm a big Scott Weiland fan and it's not the same, but I still look forward to what they'll do next.
    TryTheKetchup
    It would be interesting to hear new STP album with Chester, but I'm afraid it won't be groundbreaking and outstanding. Anyway, keep it up, Chaz.
    henrihell
    Both LP and STP have done quite groundbreaking albums, so now that their kind of "combined" it can get even more awesome!
    UncleBluck
    How can this guy do justice to some of the old tunes when singing live.....Plush...no way.....Sex Type Thing....dudes vocal range is way to high .....
    SorgFamily
    In all fairness, Scott can't even do these songs justice anymore. He has lost all bass in his voice. Personally I'd still prefer Scott to be the lead but if it's not an option I'll give this a shot. I like the Deleo brothers a lot, they are one of the best guitar/bass pairs out there and for them to stop would be a dagger through the heart for me. It was hard enough waiting 8 years or whatever it was the first time.
    bangbang!!
    Absolutely. I remember last time Scott came back, I was watching them perform on some late-night show, and I really thought it couldn't be the original vocalist, since he sounds COMPLETELY different now.
    BradTheBluefish
    Remember the time Weiland fell off the stage and yet the track of Weiland's vocals was still playing? Really suspicious. My bet is that his voice is so fragile now they had to pre-record his track for nights he simple didn't have his voice. One thing is for certain, even though they aren't on good terms, if Scott can't voice STP, no way can he voice Velvet Revolver. Both bands are gone now. All he got is his solo project.
    glenncoco
    I saw them at BFD on sunday and Chester surprised the hell out of me with how good he sounded on those songs.
    BradTheBluefish
    I completely agree, however, I think the songs will be more mainstream and have more airplay which is what these guys wants. They are tired of playing the same old greatest hits. "Out of Time" is a step in the right direction in getting straight up rock n' roll to its audience.
    AaronianKenrod
    Remember when Corey Taylor nearly joined VR? What's with Nu-Metal era vocalists taking Scott Weiland's place in bands? Haha
    guitarist41
    Didn't he say that he had reservations about possibly joining Velvet Revolver because he was friends with Scott? And he has no problem taking his job in STP? Still, I hope it works out well for them. I like the idea of bands being able to continue after the departure of an important member.
    Deflection
    Chester is such a god damn f*cking good singer, it's unbelievable. The guy can do anything.
    Jasonbts
    I remember he did something with Slash awhile back and I thought "this guy really needs to sing more of this style.." Chester touched on it with Dead By Sunrise but I really like where STP is going. He's going to be one of the singers from this time in history that will be remembered for a long, long time. I really can see rock moving back to the classic style in the near future. Not a recreation or clone of classic rock, just the same kind of energy and attitude.
    JimBonJovi
    The Deleo bro's & Kretz will finally get their much deserved attention. And where's Scott? He's at home...washing his tights.
    willsaunders550
    Chester's voice suits this style really well
    ermonski
    he sounds a lot like Layne Staley to me when he hits the high notes. Not bad actually. It's nice to hear Chester on what he can do outside Linkin Park.
    vikkyvik
    stressing out that his It cracks me up that they keep writing this. "Stressing" and "stressing out" aren't the same thing. Unless it's some sort of quirky British English with which I'm not familiar.
    GenerationKILL
    The new song is AWESOME. I am so happy they have some new found energy and relevancy, I was afraid they'd slip into nothingness by keeping scott around.
    TheGuitarGuyBr
    I don't know, but it seems to me that something good's coming up. Maybe not like the classics or stuff, but still very good.
    richard.warts
    I was very skeptical at first, but after listening to their new track, I was pleasantly surprised. Good luck to them!
    FlyingPirahna
    Huh, so it isn't a one-off like I thought? I'd definitely be down for a Stone Temple Park album with Chester after hearing that first song with him.
    chronic_stp
    STP was my favorite band in high school (hence my username.) They are dead to me now without Scott, but Chester seems like a cool dude and I wish them the best. I will not be purchasing any future albums, especially after the massive letdown that their last album was. Scott's voice is nothing like it used to be, but I sided with him during this whole feud. He wanted to play some their lesser known songs (which are great btw) while the DeLeos are stuck on the greatest hits.
    MattKempton
    i really hate linkin park. really i do. but this track here is surprisingly good! I saw STP a few years back with scott and he didnt sound to good. maybe a fresh start for STP?
    BradTheBluefish
    I'm so happy for STP. I love the guy but Weiland's voice is trash now. Remember the time Weiland fell off the stage and yet the track of Weiland's vocals was still playing? Really suspicious. My bet is that his voice is so fragile now they had to pre-record his track for nights he simple didn't have his voice. One thing is for certain, even though they aren't on good terms, if Scott can't voice STP, no way can he voice Velvet Revolver. Both bands are gone now. All he got is his solo project.
    eljono123
    Time to prepare for the " He'll never be Scott!! QQ!!" comments on every damn youtube video by STP and Linkin PArk.
    ripper992
    He actually did a hell of job, so I think that might reduce the number of those comments
    coquet
    This could be a cool band project, but I would prefer if they did it under a different name. I don't think they can really call it STP without Scott.