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Chester Bennington leaves Stone Temple Pilots

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Chester Bennington proved an able vocalist for Stone Temple Pilots since replacing Scott Weilland as the band’s singer in 2013, but in the end it didn’t even matter. Bennington, best known for his work in Linkin Park, joined STP in May 2013 after the famed alt-rock group fired Weilland, who helped found the band in 1985.

Bennington and the remaining members of STP — Robert DeLeo, Dean DeLeo, and Eric Kretz — published statements on the band’s official site confirming the lineup change and adding that it was an amicable one. “The last few years have been an amazing experience,” Bennington wrote. “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. … 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%.”

“What an amazing and beautiful few years we’ve all had together,” the other STP members wrote. “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.” As a silver lining for bands, the band noted that “there is an abundance of new music written, some of which is already recorded.”

In 2013, Stone Temple Pilots toured heavily with Bennington and released the High Rise EP, but performed a modest amount of dates the following year — when the singer toured with Linkin Park to support its 2014 album The Hunting Party. Stone Temple Pilots will perform on Jimmy Kimmel Live Monday night with Joss Stone as part of the show’s ongoing mashup series.

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