Chester Bennington: Singer Announces Split from Stone Temple Pilots
Chester Bennington: Singer Announces Split from Stone Temple Pilots

Chester Bennington: “Singer” Announces Split from Stone Temple Pilots

Chester Bennington joined Stone Temple Pilots back in 2013 after the departure of longtime singer Scott Weiland. Although Bennington cites Stone Temple Pilots as one of his main influences, he’s decided to part ways with the band.

“The last few years have been an amazing experience,” Bennington wrote in a statement. “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 into this, the four of us… Robert, Eric, Dean 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 per cent. It’s been an amazing experience and a dream come true, and I look forward to the future of both STP and Linkin Park.”

Bandmates Robert DeLeo, Dean DeLeo and Eric Kretz also issued a statement blaming the split on work schedules.

“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.”

The band will perform without Bennington during an appearance on U.S. TV show Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Monday night, and they will be joined by British pop star Joss Stone for the host’s Mashup Mondays segment.


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