Chester Bennington Quit Stone Temple Pilots Because It Made His Kids Cry

February 22, 2017

Family comes first in the Bennington household. In a recent interivew, Chester Bennington spoke about his decision to exit singing for Stone Temple Pilots and focus more of his time on family and singing for Linkin Park. “I’ve seen Stone Temple Pilots play, like, probably thirty times,” said Bennington. “[They were] a huge influence on me. They really made music that I absolutely loved, and I still love to this day. And so the chance to go ahead and go out and perform those songs with those guys was really very, very cool. And, honestly, Robert [DeLeo] and Dean [DeLeo] and Eric [Kretz], those guys are super talented.”

Although he focuses most of his time with Linkin Park, Bennington says he will still perform with them every now and then, but having to work in two huge bands did result in some problems back home.

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“The only reason why I’m not doing it now is because my kids, they would cry every time I’d go on the road with STP,” says Bennington. “When I leave on tour with Linkin Park, they’re, like, ‘Okay, we’ll see you when you get back,’ and they understand what I’m doing. But when I would leave with STP, they would cry. And I started realizing, I think they thought I was choosing to do that over being at home with them, because I would be done with Linkin Park and coming home. And so, it was just too hard on my family. So I basically was, like, ‘You know what? I’ve gotta stop being selfish here, and when I’m not doing Linkin Park, I’ve just gotta be home with my babies.”

(source: Loudwire)