KROQ’s Kevin and Bean have released their new interview with Stone Temple Pilots early!
STP didn’t start working with Chester Bennington until a month ago. Dean DeLeo said that Chester was the only choice to replace Scott Weiland, there was nobody else in mind. Robert said there is a chemistry between this new incarnation of the band. Chester said it was a no brainer to accept the job as STP’s new singer. Bennington clarified that he is the lead singer of both Stone Temple Pilots and Linkin Park, he joked that he’s “a greedy fucking bastard.” He said he’s happy to get to play in a more classic rock type of band, which helps balance out the more tech leaning Linkin Park.
Bennington said that the band can now go out to lunch now and hang out as friends since they’ve been working together in secret. Bennington mentioned that “there’s so many good songs we’ve got in the works right now” and that they can now plan a tour now that the cat is out of the bag regarding the new lineup. Bennington said the plan is to play and create as much new music as they can.
The firing of Scott Weiland is mentioned at the end of the interview. The interviewer asked if they let Weiland know ahead of time that Bennington would be replacing him. Dean joked, “He changed his numbers years ago and never forwarded them to us.” Bennington praised Weiland, “We wish nothing but the best for Scott. Great singer, helped participate in making some of the best records of all time, wish nothing but the best for him.” The other members of STP did not join in on praising Weiland.