Chester Bennington Leaves Stone Temple Pilots

November 9, 2015
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Some people didn't believe it was true when former Stone Temple Pilots vocalist Scott Weiland revealed in an interview that the band's current vocalist, Chester Bennington of Linkin Park, was leaving the band. But as it turns out, Bennington truly is leaving the Stone Temple Pilots. 

Both Bennington and Stone Temple Pilots have released public statements clarifying his departure from the band. According to Bennington, trying to keep the balance singing for both Stone Temple Pilots and Linkin Park has not been working out:

"The last few years have been an amazing experience. I got to create and perform with one of the greatest rock 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. Going in to this, the four of us... Robert, Eric Dead 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%. It's been an amazing experience and a dream come true, and I look forward to the future of both STP and Linkin Park."

According to the remaining members of Stone Temple Pilots, they reveal that they have been testing their relationship with multiple potential vocalists over the last couple of months:

"What an amazing and beautiful few years we've all had together. It was our honor to play and see all of you recently on tour. We have thoroughly enjoyed our time together with Chester 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. 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.

With love,

Robert, Eric & Dean"

Highly Suspect vocalist Johnny Stevens has been reported to have been approached by Dead DeLeo about his availability, but he has turned down the invitation.

(source: Loudwire)