After nearly three years, Chester Bennington is stepping down as frontman of Stone Temple Pilots. In a statement, the rocker, who replaced Scott Weiland amidst testy band drama back in May 2013 — noted that he wanted to place the focus back on his first band Linkin Park, as well as his family.
Read his full message below:
“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, 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%. It’s been an amazing experience and a dream come true, and I look forward to the future of both STP and Linkin Park.”
The remaining members of STP have issued a statement of their own, admitting that “sadly, it was evident that scheduling and time was working against us.” Still, they remained positive about the band’s future, saying that Bennington’s departure marks “a new beginning,” adding that “there is an abundance of new music written, some of which is already recorded.”
“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.”
Stone Temple Pilots with Chester Bennington put out one record together, 2013’s High Rise EP. As SPIN notes, the band will have Joss Stone take over singing duties during its upcoming appearance on Jimmy Kimmel’s “Mash-Up Mondays” series this week; it’s unclear who will be a permanent replacement going forward.
Revisit two singles off High Rise: