Bennington Parts Ways With Stone Temple Pilots to Focus on Linkin Park

Stone Temple Pilots are in search for another frontman. The band has announced that they have decided to part ways with Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington.

Bennington joined Stone Temple Pilots in 2013, replacing former frontman Scott Weiland. Bennington last performed with STP on Oct. 25 at the Aftershock festival, to not so good reviews of Bennington’s performance.

Chester Bennington

Bennington released a statement about parting from the band:

The last few years have been an amazing experience. I got to create and perform with one of the greatest bands of our generation, that had so much influence on me growing up. With the amount of time STP deserves, in addition to being in Linkin Park, and with the needs of my family, one of them always seems to fall short.

Bennington went on to add:

Going in to this, the four of us… Robert [DeLeo, bass], Eric [Kretz, drums], Dean [DeLeo, guitar] and myself knew what we were up against. We decided in due fairness to friends, fans and the legacy of STP that it needs more than time was allowing me. And in all fairness to my bandmates in Linkin Park, as well as to myself and to my family, I’m going to focus solely on Linkin Park so I can contribute 100%.

Bennington closed his statement by saying his time in STP was an amazing experience and a dream come true. Bennington also said he looks forward to the future for both STP and Linkin Park.

The remaining members of Stone Temple Pilots also issued a statement about parting ways with Bennington:

We have thoroughly enjoyed our time together with Chester [Bennington] not only professionally, but even more so on a personal level. Sadly, it was evident that scheduling and time was working against us. Within this, there is a new beginning. There is an abundance of new music written, some of which is already recorded.

STP on finding a new singer:

We have had the fortune of playing with some very talented singers over the last few months and will continue to do so until each of us feels and knows when the right person arrives.

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