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Stone Temple Pilots

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Tickets are available exclusively from Ticketmaster

The names of the star perfomers for the opening act at the Emirates Airline Dubai Jazz Festival 2014 on February, 13 has been announced.

One of the leading successful rock bands of the 1990s, Stone Temple Pilots together with Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington, has been confirmed to be the fifth of the eight main performances for the 12th edition of this annual music festival.

Anthony Younes, Co-Founder and CEO of Chillout Productions says, “By popular demand, the Alternative Classic Rock Band Stone Temple Pilots with Chester Bennington will headline the opening night.

“Just like the Dubai Jazz Festival, the band is upholding their legacy while keeping up with the new age”.

He added, “We will be revealing a Legendary Multi-Grammy Award Winning Artist soon. The rest of the other artists will be unveiled in the coming weeks, along with the announcements of our new presenting sponsor and new hospitality partner.

It goes to show how we are raising the bar for music festivals everywhere.”

Stone Temple Pilots with Chester Bennington will perform on February 13th 2014 at Festival Park, Dubai Festival City. The Emirates Airline Dubai Jazz Festival 2014 will run from 13th to 21st of February 2014 at Festival Park – Dubai Festival City.

Tickets are now available exclusively from Ticketmaster.

Hailed for being a truly unique music festival in the Middle East, the organizers continue to add more excitement for next year.

According to Younes, “Complete details will be shared to the public soon about the new event that will take place during the Main Gigs.

“Through this introduction, we can better promote the growth of jazz for music fans in the UAE. We will be providing a full night lineup complete with diverse and talented performers across multiple genres – it will be an incredible mix of Jazz, Pop, Rock and more.”

Source: Emirates 24/7

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Yesterday Chester and his bandmates from Stone Temple Pilots, Dean and Robert DeLeo, visited the Cardon Children’s Hospital. Chester also said that this event is a highlight for him – every year. Bennington has been performing on three of the four events that have been taken place so far. He and his wife Talinda are great and passionate supporters of the Cardon Children’s Hospital ever since it’s opening.

The 5th Annual Stars of the Season, on which Chester & Stone Temple Pilots, headlined took place last night. Check our Ted Stryker’s twitter page – he hosted the even’t and posted some great pictures. As well as Chester’s bandmate Mike Shinoda and his wife Anna.

PHOENIX (CBS5) -

The rock band Stone Temple Pilots visited with kids at Cardon Children’s Medical Center in Mesa. That included the band’s new lead singer Chester Bennington, a Phoenix native formerly of the rock/rap band Linkin Park. Band members toured the facility, and hung out with patients and their families. “My wife and I have been involved with the children’s hospital since its opening,” said Bennington in a media briefing. The 90′s hard rock band is headlining the hospital’s “Stars of the Season” event Oct. 26 at the Montelucia Resort & Spa in Paradise Valley. “I’ve had the pleasure of performing at three of the four Stars of the Season events,” said Bennington, “and it’s one of the highlights of my year every year.”
Proceeds from the event will benefit the hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit. For more information, visit the Banner Health website.

Chester said to AZCentral:

“It’s a beautiful place,” the singer said during a press conference. “The parents we met today were great and they’ve had a great experience here today. We saw a baby that was a little over a pound all the way to another baby that was born here with the same weight and now a full eight pounds and is ready to go home soon hopefully.”

Bennington, a father of six, was especially interested in the neonatal intensive care unit because he and wife Talinda have twin babies that were born premature. During his visit, he met children who were also born before full-term pregnancies and spoke with parents and staff members who were clearly touched by his dedication to the community and hospital.

“We live a very blessed kind of life and we get to do things that require very little effort in a lot of ways, so giving back for me has always been an obligation to give my thanks to the communities that supported what I do in my bands,” Bennington said. “I feel that when you reach a certain level of success, I think that it becomes imperative that you do things for the community. Bennington’s positive attitude and desire to help others may have impacted the DeLeo brothers to bring him on board as STP’s new singer.

“We spent some time together back around 2000 and I had a pretty good inkling of as to what was ticking inside of him,” said guitarist Dean DeLeo.

Bassist Robert DeLeo added, “That was really one of the main reasons we wanted him in the band because we knew what kind of human being he was and that means a lot to Dean, Eric, and myself.”

Bennington has been involved in the Stars of the Season from the beginning, performing with his other side project, Dead By Sunrise, and members of the Los Angeles all-star cover band Camp Freddy.

Although previous years have found him going easy on the volume, Bennington reported, with a laugh, “This year with STP, we decided that we are not going to play acoustically and that we are going to play full volume.”

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Chester Bennington is featured in the latest issue of Kerrang! magazine. He discusses the new Linkin Park album and the musical direction it has taken so far (You probably will be surprised ;) ). But he also speaks  to the haters who haven’t even gave the new STP lineup a chance – but chose to judge them anyways.

 

“I don’t personally know what Scott thinks of me fronting STP. Let’s put it this way: when my wife met me, she didn’t call my ex-wife and ask if it was okay. I care about Scott and I want nothing but the best for him, but at the same time I know that if I want my favorite band to be productive, then I’m the only guy who can do it.”

 

“I know that people may initially be sceptical because I’m not Scott. That’s natural. But for those who have seen us play together with their own eyes and heard our EP with their own ears – they believe it. For people who haven’t, and who don’t go to shows or listen to new material but still have opinions on us..well, [raises middle finger] they can kiss my ass. Listen to the EP; come see a show. This is a permanent arrangement, and I promise that you will believe that this is the future of STP.”

 

K!: So, Chester, what’s happening with Linkin Park?

 

Chester: We’ve written a lot of music for the new Linkin Park album; Mike’s written tons. When I got back from tour with STP, there was a lot for me to catch up with. They were playing me things, and I was like, ‘Dude, this is fucking awesome!’ The music has tons of energy – we basically want people to listen to it and go, ‘Really? They did that?!’ People will either love it or hate it. They’re the two preferred responses, and we have a real vision set out for this album.

 

K!: How will it sound then?

 

Chester: Before I left on tour with STP, everything that Mike had written was really dance-y and sounded kind of like electro. I loved it, and I said, ‘How about we start with this stuff and make it darker?’ and then I come back from tour…and it’s like death metal!(laughs). I just sat there listening, like, ‘Oh shit, this is awesome! So this is where we’re going with it? Cool, I’m down with that!’ Things will keep changing as we write – they always do!

 

K!: Are you really going to death metal?

 

Chester: That’s the most amazing thing about writing music in Linkin Park; we take such a massive variety of influences into demo sessions. It could be in any form, from Mike beatboxing into his phone to a completely finished song, complete with words. We take it all into the studio and work on it there, kinda stick to what they already do. I don’t imagine that Pantera ever took any pop-style beats into a recording session and said, ‘Let’s do this! We could pull this off!’ We’ve taken all sort of ideas into the studio this time, from acoustic folk songs to dupsteppy, crazy stuff with insane guitars…oh, and death metal complete with super-intricate drumming. In Linkin Park, we don’t give a shit what we’re doing, as long as it makes our ears perk up!

 

Source: CBNAlternativeNation and agathasophy.tumblr.com

Earlier this week STP and Chester stopped by at KROQ’s Kevin and Bean show for an interview and a live acoustic performance.

Listen (and download if you want) to the complete show here.

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For their acoustic performance, they played “Pretty Penny” as well as “Black Heart” from their new EP “High Rise”!

 

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In the past few days a lot of news, interviews and video’s have surfaced. I’m gonna put it all together for you ;)

 

Chester & Rober DeLeo talked to 106.9  THE BEAR

An audio interview in which Chester talked about the writing process for STP and how he approached writing lyrics in a “What Mike would say” kind-of-way. They also talked about their upcoming fundraiser for Cardon Children’s Medical Center “Stars Of The Season” 2013 which will take place on October 26th.

 

Part 1

Part 2

 

Chester and Robert DeLeo spoke to 91x

Chester and Robert talked to 91X about making sure that everyone was okay with Chester becoming the frontman of another band, as well about how the whole process of coming together started in general. Robert also spoke about Scott Weiland and his tour, as well as Scott playing old STP songs on his own.

 

Listen here.

Another, funny, audio interview with Chester and Robert DeLeo with KISW you can hear HERE. Make sure to tune in, it’s super hilarious ;)

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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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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

It’s been a dramatic year for Stone Temple Pilots. The revered hard-rock band split with former frontman Scott Weiland back in February, and the two camps have since battled over use of the STP name.

However, that turmoil has led to the birth of new music. The band’s remaining members (guitarist Dean DeLeo, bassist Robert DeLeo, drummer Eric Kretz) recruited Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington as their new singer, and this new quartet created the High Rise EP, out October 8th.

The band has already offered a taste of the EP with the greasy “Black Heart.” Now fans can explore the writing and recording of High Rise in this exclusive clip, which features intimate studio footage and band interviews. In it, Bennington talks about the excitement and sheer terror that came with joining a veteran band with a devoted fanbase. “([I] immediately said yes,” he says. “Then I was like, ‘Oh, shit’ –  I just said yes!”

The band is emphatic that Bennington is a full-fledged contributor, not just a high-profile singer. “It wasn’t forced,” says Robert DeLeo. “It was something we instinctively made happen. It’s undeniably STP.”

Added Dean DeLeo, “I’m very proud to have had the honor to have worked with Scott [Weiland] in the past – really, at a time when there was no one better, in my opinion. I’m really, really excited about what we carved out, and I’m just as honored and just as proud of what we’re embarking upon right now.”

Bennington closed more bluntly: “This is our band now. We’re not fucking around.” Check out tour dates and more info at the band’s official website.

Source: Rolling Stone