Stone Temple Pilots Reveal If They Have Unreleased Chester Bennington Music

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Stone Temple Pilots bassist Robert DeLeo was asked in a new AltWire interview if the band have unreleased material with Chester Bennington.

AW: What would you say really sold the band with Jeff’s audition? Was there something that really stood out right from the start?

Robert DeLeo: He came in and it was his personality and who he was as a person. That’s the first thing. You’ve got to think: you’re going to be on a bus and traveling with this person like family. It’s got to be someone who has had some experience with that and who has been on stage and who has been in these scenarios and situations. Also, they have to be able to sing [laughs] and be a genuinely great singer, which is who Scott was. He was a genuinely great singer and these songs that we have written, and these songs that we are writing; it demands someone who can sing.

AW: You worked on and recorded several songs with Chester in 2015. Were any of those songs re-purposed for the new album with Jeff?

Robert DeLeo: There were, but they were kind of ideas and they didn’t really get too far. Working on a new record with Chester was kind of a notion and it didn’t really go too far before he said he could no longer do STP. We got together and played some ideas and that was about it. So these ideas were sitting there for a couple of years.

AW: Branching off of that, over the years there have been a few projects, performances, or releases that never came to fruition. What was the one you were most disappointed not to see released?

Robert DeLeo: Hmm, I don’t know. I think everything was released, and whether it did well or not in people’s eyes is really out of your control, you know? I’m very proud of the Army of Anyone record that we made and I’m very proud of the Talk Show record, and all the STP stuff. I think we’ve released the best of what we have, and to see a song come from a little idea in your head to an actual song, it’s like building a house. You build it and you hope that someone eventually likes the house and decides to live in it. That’s the way music is for me. People live in music and that’s the beauty of it. I live in music and it’s a huge part of my life, both as a fan and as a listener too, and not only just as a writer and a performer of it.

  • Eddie Yarler

    Damn, well there goes any chance of us ever getting a High Rise/Self titled B-sides anniversary album. That doesn’t make any sense. Chester explicitly said they had six songs recorded in 2015 which were supposedly really heavy.

    • SPIN

      STP hasnt had a “heavy” album since CORE, a few songs here and there but they kind of veered off from that. That being said, Purple is my favorite album!

      • Eddie Yarler

        No. 4 was just as heavy as Core. I think the last really heavy song they made was All in the Suit that You Wear.

        • JoelS

          Yup.

      • Niktus Acid

        Dumb Love from ShangriLaDeeDa is the most extreme song STP has ever done, and it is marvelous.

        • SPIN

          Yes-Dumb love kicks ass! Wish I could’ve heard it live with S.Weiland… but I never heard them ever do it live i dont know why they never did.

          • Niktus Acid

            I ask myself the same, I always tought that it could be related on how to handle those vocals live… shouldn´t be any easy.

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  • dakotablue

    So I guess the answer to the question is no, they don’t have any unreleased stuff with Chester? Now what about unreleased stuff with Scott? When I first heard Meadow on the radio my heart leaped and I thought for a minute STP had put out something with Scott from the vault. So in that sense, good job Jeff, although it still makes me sad to hear such an uncanny imitation of Weiland. But glad that STP is still rockin’.