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Enter for a chance to win a limited edition Linkin Park Transformers action figure signed by Joe Hahn. Contest ends November 22.

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Chester Bennington says that a joint tour featuring both the Stone Temple Pilots and Linkin Park, would be impossible for him to pull off.

“That’s a really great-sounding idea, for everybody that is not me,” Bennington told a Florida rock radio station in a recent interview.

“Actually going out and performing an hour, an hour and a half with Stone Temple Pilots and then an hour and a half to two hours with Linkin Park sounds like I would be able to do that once and then die. It would be like the life expectancy of a fly.”

Bennington didn’t completely rule out some sort of joint collaboration between the two groups though: “I think that there may be sometime in the future where we get up and do something together at some point for fun.”

STP are currently on tour supporting their EP High Rise

Source: RTT News

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STP’s new EP “High Rise” figures to be the first of many Bennington releases, but the singer’s priority is still Linkin Park

Stone Temple Pilots plan is that “High Rise,” the group’s first EP with Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington, will be the first of a lot of releases the group plans to make with its new frontman.

“There were a lot of ideas floating around,” bassist and co-founder Robert DeLeo tells Billboard about the sessions with Bennington, who signed on to replace fired frontman Scott Weiland earlier this year and will continue to do double duty between STP and Linkin Park. “We were getting so inspired already. There’s room for another EP already.” DeLeo says that in doing a five-song EP first STP “used our time wisely. We’ve accomplished a lot in the past few months of being together — more than we have in a long time. I definitely don’t think we tried to rush something to come out. I wish we had time to make a whole LP, but we’ll get around to making more music soon. You want to do the best thing you can produce, and we all really, really enjoyed making this.”

All concerned acknowledge that moving forward with Bennington will be a challenge, especially since Linkin Park has just started recording its next album. Bennington says that both groups “have great relations. We all respect each other,” which makes it easier for him to be part of both bands. “We’ve treated this much like if you’re doing business with somebody and want to go off and do business with somebody else,” Bennington explains, adding that STP “needed to understand my priority will always be Linkin Park. In no way, shape or form do I want anything I do with Stone Temple Pilots to interfere with what we have to do as a band.”

DeLeo, meanwhile, says that message was definitely received: “Yeah, his main concern is definitely Linkin Park. But when he’s busy with them it offers Dean (DeLeo) and Eric (Kretz) and myself some time to really get new music together, and when he’s available that’s when we work, and we make the best of that time. The main thing Chester brought up is he wanted to be a part of this and really honor the (STP) past catalog and really move ahead and create some great new music. It shows you what kind of person he is.”

Linkin Park also anticipates that sharing the singer will work out between the two bands. “Chester’s been so awesome about it,” reports the group’s Mike Shinoda. “He asked for our blessing before he did anything. Chester has always loved that music and loved all those guys, so it’s a really fun thing for him to do. He went out and did a bunch of shows with them and recorded some music, and now we’re in the studio recording.” Don’t hold your breath waiting for that joint Linkin Park/STP tour, however.

“You’ve got to believe that I’ve thought out it,” Shinoda says, “and I personally don’t know if I want to put Chester through that. it’s like asking a pro athlete to play a doubleheader. I don’t care how good Kobe Bryant or Lebron James are; if you have them play doubleheaders every day, they’re gonna look pretty worn out by the end of it.” DeLeo concurs, saying that, “I would not wish that upon anyone, man. I think what (Bennington) does in Linkin Park is demanding enough. He’s got a full plate there.”

STP also remains embroiled in lawsuits with former frontman Weiland stemming from his February dismissal from the group. Noting that “there’s some legal things there that I can’t really talk about right now,” DeLeo maintains that “we tried to make this work. It was a very difficult decision to do this. But, y’know, we were all together for over 20 years, and I feel extremely fortunate to have made the record we made with Scott, and I’m very proud of the music we made together. And I kind of look at this as a new chapter of Stone Temple Pilots and creating something new. I think it’s time for it to happen, for STP to move on and live on. If people dig it, then great. And if you don’t dig it, that’s great, too. I get it, man. And Scott is still playing out. I would imagine he’s going to make new music and we’re going to do what we do and hopefully people will like it.”

Source: Billboard

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“Today marks a very signicant day for us… The release of High Rise…. An EP collection of five songs… Our very first five songs…. Many more to come!!! Enjoy!!!”
-Robert DeLeo

The new High Rise EP featuring “Out of Time” and “Black Heart” is now available, purchase it on iTunes by clicking here:http://bit.ly/stphighrise

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Mike and Steve Aoki will be on Saturday Night Online with Romeo for an Ask Anything Chat on 10/12 at 8 PM EST. Go here to send in your questions: http://bit.ly/1fQ6uf6

24Stone Temple Pilots rocked The Tonight Show last night with Chester Bennington. The rockers played the up-tempo “Black Heart” from their upcoming High RiseEP. Bennington showcased his skills as the band’s new singer, rolling along with the powerful main riff that dominates the song. Bennington, of Linkin Park, replaced founding singer Scott Weiland earlier this year.

“It was a very difficult decision to terminate the face of your band,” Robert DeLeo recently told Rolling Stone. “There are many paths to the history of certain bands and each one is a little different, but it all kind of turns out the same at the end. But it was a very difficult decision to do that.” 

High Rise is due out October 8th.

Source: Rolling Stone

 

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In the Linkin Park world, multi-tasking is the norm. Even when the band is not on tour or working on an album, things are moving at a hectic pace behind the scenes. The band currently has a new video game,LP Recharge, which includes the hit single “A Light That Never Comes” (with Steve Aoki), and the upcoming remix albumRecharged.

Rolling Stone caught up with the band’s Joe Hahn at his L.A. store Suru recently, where he was celebrating the band’s limited edition Transformer, Soundwave. That conversation led to talk of the band’s new album, frontman Chester Bennington’s collaboration with Stone Temple Pilots and Hahn’s upcoming headphones launch with Skrillex.

How did this action figure come about?
We met with this guy from Division Agency and he’s working with Hasbro and working with cool collaborations. We always said if we ever did a Transformer collab we wanted to do it with Soundwaves. We grew up with Transformers, and the reason we worked with the movies was we had the nostalgia for all that stuff.

Are you working with Rick Rubin again on the album?
I think so. We’re just in the studio, we’re at the beginning.

How did the single with Steve Aoki come about?
Mike [Shinoda] has been on this EDM kick for the last year and he’s been hanging out with different EDM guys, like he did a day with Avicii, and he’s been sending stuff back and forth with Aoki. This is the one that really stuck. He fleshed it out, brought it to the guys and we were into it. And it coincided with the game and also the album we’re putting out, which is remixes of Living Things.

Are there any remixes on Recharged that really stood out to you?
Mike did one of my favorite ones, a hardcore version of “Victimized.” Then Money Mark did something pretty crazy with “Until It Breaks.” Rick Rubin actually did one ["A Light That Never Comes"].

Are you an EDM fan?
Yeah. The funny thing is today it’s called EDM, but back in the day it was house, and now there’s dubstep, which sounds nothing like what dubstep originally sounded like. Everything is crossing, which is cool, and now it’s being widely marketed. I think it’s interesting. We always combine styles of music and that’s what everyone is doing now. It’s fun to see.

Are there DJs you’d like to work with?
I would love to do something with Sonny [Skrillex]. I actually have a headphone I’m putting together, and the first edition is going to be a limited edition with Skrillex. That’s in the works right now – hopefully at the end of the year, but most likely beginning of next year. I’m more involved with the actual design and sound. I really want to work with cool people, musicians and non-musicians, and do collaborations and keep it tight. I’m not trying to use a record label to market or a headphone company. It’s just something cool I want to do. When you actually see it you’ll know where the inspirations came from, especially after today’s event. There’s a transforming element to it.

That’s another trademark of Linkin Park, everybody working in different areas.
The band is successful because it’s a culmination of the six of us. We all bring different things to the table. But it’s the life experiences that we have individually, and the more stuff we do individually the more it empowers the individual, which everyone benefits from. So when Chester did Dead by Sunrise and Mike did Fort Minor, they did really cool stuff which they wouldn’t be able to do with the band necessarily. They got a lot of stuff out of their systems. But then when they came to the studio, they were fresh and had new ideas.

But Chester fronting STP is a totally different thing – that band is so established. How do you feel about it?
In high school we grew up listening to Stone Temple Pilots. For us these are the deities of rock. They’re up there, so if someone asks you to do that, you just do it. Chester is such a great singer and for him to have the opportunity to go and sing with other people, we’re appreciative of them for asking Chester to do it. I think on a spiritual level it works in so many ways, where it’s not even about there being a benefit, it’s just something that feels right, especially for Chester.

From the benefit standpoint, he is getting to work with two great songwriters in Robert and Dean DeLeo. Are you seeing new skills in his songwriting?
Especially recently, Chester’s songwriting has been incredible. He’ll come to the studio with some stuff where we’re like, “How did that happen?” For him to flex that with Stone Temple Pilots or whoever, he’s definitely a person that has a lot of stuff inside of him, and you can tell by watching him perform it’s there and it needs to come out. You can’t do that on one album – those 12 songs in two years.

How is all this stuff keeping you excited?
Mike and I went to art school together, so from an early point we understood that the creativity is not just one thing. And I think even stylistically in our music, you see back when we started that was a little different, but now it’s normal. Everyone does it. Every genre is incorporating everything. When it comes to the visuals, I shot a film called Mall, and we’re shopping that to the festivals next year, and everyone was really supportive of that.

Who was in the film?
Vincent D’Onofrio, Cameron Monaghan played the lead – he’s from Shameless – this kid named James Frecheville, who was in Animal Kingdom, Gina Gershon. Mimi Rogers had a little cameo. A bunch of people – Peter Stormare.

What are your release plans?
We’re looking for one of the first quarter festivals. Let it find a home, and hopefully after that people will get to go to a theater and see it.

Source: Rolling Stone

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42 pictures of Stone Temple Pilots with Chester Bennington performing at D Las Vegas were added to our gallery.

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The party rocked on for the D Las Vegas’ first anniversary as Stone Temple Pilots took the stage with new front man and lead vocalist Chester Bennington on Friday night. D Las Vegas CEO Derek Stevens again introduced the band, firing up the Fremont Street crowd after saying, “This is the greatest place to have a party I’ve ever been to!”

As green smoke billowed from behind the drum set, the longtime rockers emerged to thunderous cheers, kicking off the set with “Down.” The song was a fitting way for Bennington to introduce himself as the newest member of STP, belting the line, “Pleased to meet you, nice to know me.” The band parted ways with longtime front man Scott Weiland in February and re-outfitted this spring with Chester Bennington, who is best known as the lead singer of Linkin Park.

The ecstatic crowd sang along to smash hits “Vasoline,” “Dead & Bloated,” “Plush,” “Interstate Love Song” and “Sex Type Thing” while the show streamed live high overhead on the Viva Vision canopy. Fans also got a taste of STP’s new sound, rocking out to “Out of Time,” the first released track off their upcoming EP High Rise which will be the first production featuring Bennington’s vocals.

The scheduled set list wasn’t enough for the passionate audience who cheered for an encore until the band came roaring back on stage for a few extra songs.

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Source:  Haute Living