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Stone Temple Pilots

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

You can listen to “Black Heart”, the second single of the upcoming EP “High Rise” here.

One of the greats, Stone Temple Pilots, is out on the road this fall with Chester Bennington (of Linkin Park) as lead singer. Not only are they touring, there’s a new EP to promote to boot. On the forthcoming 5-track EP release, High Rise, fans can expect a new batch of hard rock from the veterans who us brought Plush, Interstate Love Song, Creep and Vasoline.

For those of you looking to hear some classic tunes (and some new ones), we’ve got you covered. We’re giving away a pair of tickets to each of the upcoming STP shows.

Read how, here, it’s super easy.

Robert DeLeo: ‘It was a very difficult decision to terminate the face of the band’

Fellow Stone Temple Pilots Robert DeLeo and Chester Bennington, now pulling double duty as frontman for both Linkin Park and STP, sat down with Rolling Stone recently in North Hollywood. Before a revealing hour-long interview, DeLeo brought a reporter his laptop and a pair of headphones to hear the band’s forthcoming EP, High Rise.

Featuring five songs, the EP ranges from the straight-ahead hard rock of the lead single “Out of Time” and the planned second single, “Black Heart,” to “Cry, Cry,” a song written by Bennington, which segues nicely into the EP’s closer, the atmospheric long player “Tomorrow.”

With legal battles with Scott Weiland ongoing, DeLeo didn’t want to say too much about the band’s former singer, yet a lot emerged over the course of the interview. “Dean (DeLeo), Eric (Kretz) and I have been saddled by someone for a long time,” he said at one point. “We’ve always looked out for Scott’s best interests and tried to be a great friend to someone who really didn’t care to be friends with us.” That eventually led, he said, to “a very difficult decision.”

There is a freedom of collaborating in this day and age, and I’m sure that ties nicely into you guys being able to try something new.
Chester Bennington: I think that this is happening at the right time. From an outsider, this is something I expected was going to happen. For us the transition has been about as smooth creatively as a band as possible. And the fact that we all get along so well, we enjoy each other’s company, we have the same work ethic and we’re all enjoying what we’re doing, it’s a trip in a lot of ways. At the same time I have the chance to write songs with two of my favorite songwriters that have ever written, Robert and Dean. Writing songs with these guys, that’s something I can check off my list of shit to do.

Robert DeLeo: We’re all complementing each other very nicely.

I recall Slash and Duff McKagan admitting that after their experiences with Axl Rose and Scott, Velvet Revolver was a little gun-shy about bringing in a new singer. What were your thoughts on bringing Chester in?
DeLeo: I welcomed it because we’ve known each other for quite some time. I don’t think there was any other choice or options to make the band work. That’s the way it was. I remember I was producing a record over at Conway Studios and I saw Slash there, and I remember shaking his hand when I first found out about Velvet Revolver and I said, “Good luck with that.” [Laughs]

It’s like any relationship – you get burned and you’re hesitant to trust again.
Bennington: Part of the appeal of doing this, and part of the vibe that I bring, I’m just coming in here and doing the same things I would do normally, only I’m writing different music with different guys. It’s been interesting for me to see how the normal day-to-day stuff that I’m used to doing with the other guys that I work with is just a fucking complete shocker over here in this camp. It’s like, “Dude, you’re here?” Simple things like that, or, “Let’s play this song.” “OK, cool,” and I just start singing the song. Robert was like, “Are you sure you don’t need a teleprompter?” I was like, “I’m pretty positive I don’t need a teleprompter.” If I fuck up the words it just makes the show more human, and I’d rather fuck the words up than be latched to something that tells me what I’m supposed to do.

One of the things I’ve enjoyed the most about this process is seeing these guys have a good time doing it, and everybody’s talking and we’re all smiling. I’ve seen this whole process become fun for these guys again and see the joy that everybody is having when we’re doing band-related stuff. So that, to me, is a really great reward . . . The depth or the length at which I think these guys have been operating for the last 10, 15 years, they’ve put their dues in and they’ve really tried to make it work. This was the choice they had to make, and if it wasn’t me it was going to be somebody else. STP is moving forward without Scott 100 percent, whether I say yes or no. So I’m just glad that it’s me, because I am such a big fan of the band – I know the songs as well as these guys know the songs, maybe even better than some guys know the songs. And I do my best to honor the legacy of the music. We just want to go out and fucking play and have fun doing it – play rock & roll really loud and smile.

DeLeo: Loud is allowed.

It feels like this is a situation that should have very little pressure.
DeLeo: There are our own pressures of making great music. That means a lot, and it always has, and I think Dean, Eric and myself have earned it to be in this situation. I don’t think any of us are getting any younger, and I certainly don’t want to spend the next 10 years of my life the way I spent the last 10 years of my life, or the last 15 years, for that matter. So I think this is humbly saying very [well-deserved] for me, Dean and Eric to be in this situation. I know what kind of human being this guy [Bennington] is. It’s not all about him sounding just like someone. I’m talking about the quality of the human being and that means a lot to me, Dean and Eric.

Using the relationship analogy again, you come out of a bad one and you just want to have fun.
DeLeo: I wake up every fucking day and I put my life in perspective. Here’s a perfect example: we were doing pre-production one day, we were working on “Out of Time,” and I had to stop. I just looked at the four of us down in my basement and I went, “Do you guys realize where we’re at right now?” We’re down in my basement right now, and 35 years ago that’s where I started using a tennis racket, which came to a guitar, which came to other people involved and playing other people’s music. That all developed in the basement. So to come around full-circle 35 years later, to be a grown man and have us all playing in the basement, that’s pretty fucking beautiful. It puts things in perspective, and my point is I don’t ever want to lose vision of how important it is that my childhood dream has become reality and that’s gonna continue for the four of us.

Bennington: The weird thing is, I come in and we sit down and we’re all telling the same fucking fart jokes in the same funny voice. Things just were going at hyperspeed all the way. We know each other, but we don’t know each other intimately. Now we’re all really great friends, and we know that the only way to justify this type of move is to be a band that feels like this is our thing and we’re creating our music and our vibe. There are gonna be a lot of expectations from fans, mostly from the Stone Temple Pilots crowd and in some way the Linkin Park crowd, because they’re gonna wonder what could possibly be cool enough to take your attention away. You want to be an astronaut, you’re already in fucking outer space with a whole different crew.

The thing is, for me, it’s an opportunity to write with these guys, play rock & roll music that I like to play, and the competitor in me is like I want the challenge. I get off on the challenge of making something this difficult work. This is coming into a very well-known group that has a legacy and musically has some of the best songs written of its time. So to maintain that identity and stay true to that, there’s the pressure. But then also to take the reins and create something new and create our own vibe still feels very true to what the fans expect musically. Those are challenges we take very seriously, so that’s why I think being independent right now, with no label, and we’re doing everything on our own, we are able to produce the songs the way we want them to be produced. We are able to put out music when we want to. We don’t have to follow an album kind of thing – we can make one song at a time and put it out. And people are going to be interested in coming out to see us play, and that’s where it all matters. We show up with good songs and let the music do the talking.

The whole thing has gone better than expected, and I think making the music has been the hardest part. But, dude, you listened to the EP, there’s a vibe going on there. There’s a consistent vibe throughout the tracks that I feel really represent who we are as a band.

It starts off as more straight-ahead rock & roll, but I feel like “Tomorrow” ventures off a bit – more epic – and “Cry, Cry” is a bridge between the tracks.

DeLeo: Chester wrote that one. You always have a bank of songs that are hanging out, but for this it really was a matter of erasing the board, starting over again. That was a really big inspiration for me, to have this chance to wipe the slate clean and really start over again with this new energy.

So while it’s STP, it feels like a new band.

DeLeo: It was a very difficult decision to terminate the face of your band. 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. That’s as big as it gets. But we really didn’t have any other choice. I don’t want to get too into that right now because of legal things, but Dean, Eric and I have been saddled by someone for a long time. We’ve always looked out for Scott’s best interests and tried to be a great friend to someone who really didn’t care to be friends with us . . . And I don’t think we had any other choice. We knew that was what we wanted before we thought about getting another singer. I think Scott’s made it very clear, his path and his decisions on what he’s done with or to this band. So when you’re in that situation, Dean, Eric and myself would rather move ahead. I want to have fucking fun, man, making music. I have the complete luxury of making music for a living. If I’m around people that don’t fucking get that, then I want to be around people who get that.

Bennington: I really respect the decision these guys have made. I also understand how incredibly difficult having that conversation would be. At the same time, it isn’t a surprise. Everybody who knows the band understands why decisions have been made. This is something I don’t necessarily need – I have a great career with a great bunch of guys who I love deeply, and we make awesome music together. There’s no need for me to do this, but at the same time I do realize this is their life. This is how they’re gonna pay their bills and put their kids through college, this is how they’re gonna want to spend the rest of their lives. So by saying yes to that means I’m 100 percent in as well. I didn’t want to dick around with these guys and their future and put a year of time and work on something to go, “I don’t know if I really want to tour on my downtime.” You can’t do that, so for me I need to make sure that I’m honoring everybody that’s involved.

DeLeo: I had the complete gift, and so did Dean and Eric, of writing music with Scott, and I cherished that for as long as I could. I think now it’s time to embrace this and cherish this. I feel very humbled by the fact the guys in Linkin Park are cool with this. All these guys are great dudes. It’s not about music – it’s about the humanity of it. They’re the kind of human beings you want to be around at this point in life.

 

Stone Temple Pilots With Chester Bennington Tour

9/4 – Bethlehem, Pa. – Sands Bethlehem Events Center
9/6 – Sayreville, N.J. – Starland Ballroom
9/7 – Atlantic City, N.J. – House of Blues
9/9 – Boston, Mass. – House of Blues
9/10 – Huntington, N.Y. – Paramount
9/13 – Oklahoma City, Okla. – Downtown Airpark (w/ Motley Crue)
9/14 – Newkirk, Okla. – First Council Casino
9/17 – Sunrise, Fla. – BB & T Center (FLA Panthers Event)
9/18 – Orlando, Fla. – House of Blues
9/20 – Columbia, S.C. – Township Auditorium
9/21 – Ft Myers, Fla. – Shockwave Festival – Jet Blue Park
9/24 – Midland, Texas – La Hacienda Event Center
9/26 – Tempe, Ariz. – Marquee
9/27 – Las Vegas, N.V. – Fremont Street Experience
11/1 – Biloxi, Miss. – Hard Rock Live

Source: Rolling Stone

The new EP from Stone Temple Pilots (with Chester) is titled “High Rise” and will be released on October 8th via 13STAR RECORDS.

View the entry for the EP on Amazon here.

There is also a CD+DVD version, which you can check out here. The description reads, ”Japanese original release of mini-album from Stone Temple Pilots with Chester Bennington includes five songs. Comes with a bonus DVD featuring making-of and more (subject to change) and a sticker (subject to change). *The DVD disc is encoded for region 2 (Japan, Europe, and Middle East), and no subtitles are included. Features the high-fidelity SHM-CD format (compatible with standard CD player).”

Source: LPLive.net

Meet Stone Temple Pilots with Chester Bennington at the grand opening of the Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, NJ next Friday, Sept. 6! The money that is raised will benefit Superstorm Sandy victims living in Sayreville, which was crippled by the storm. For more information please visit http://bit.ly/181V6EO

Chester Bennington and Stone Temple Pilots make for rock ‘n’ roll’s ultimate dream team. Not only can the Linkin Park and Dead by Sunrise singer pull off that classic Scott Weiland-style bravado characteristic of the band’s hits, but he’s adding his own decidedly personal flare to new material such as the swaggering single “Out of Time“. He locks in with guitarist Dean DeLeo, bassist Robert DeLeo, and drummer Eric Kretz as if he was meant to be there all along, and something much larger emerges. This is one of the most formidable and important rock bands in history reborn…

In this exclusive interview with ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino, Dean DeLeo of Stone Temple Pilots opens up about “Out of Time”, the group’s new EP, and even takes a look back at Purple.

How did “Out of Time” come together?

It came together like no other we’ve ever done in the sense that it was pretty much conceived on bass. Robert was in the market for a new old P Bass. He was looking at some early sixties P Basses. He had like three or four of them sent to his house. He picked this one up, and it was one of those “antenna moments” where the guitar just spoke. He basically wrote those riffs on bass. That’s why the song is so riff-oriented because it was written on bass. We got together to do the song, and we all threw our two cents in and came up with the tune. Like no other song we’ve ever done, it was conceived on bass.

What does the song mean to you?

Oh my goodness, it is a new chapter. We changed our quarterback, man! There’s never really a concerted effort when we go into the studio that we have to do this or write that. We just do what we do. We want to make sure each of us are happy with it, and it resonates with us. Usually, when that happens, it does what it’s supposed to do, and other people are moved by it as well. Music is a place to dip our minds and our hearts, right?

Is this a good gateway into what’s to come from Stone Temple Pilots?

Well, you’re going to get to hear that. We just finished up the EP. I really do wish we were able to have the time to contribute an LP. For those kids out there, LP means “Long Play” [Laughs]. With everybody’s schedules and Chester having a huge responsibility to Linkin Park, we finished tracking everything on this one night. It was one of those dreaded last days in the studio where we were putting the finishing touches on something at about four in the morning and Chester had to leave at about 4:30am-quarter-to-5am in order to pack for Asia that day with Linkin Park. He’s still over there now. He’s been them for two-and-a-half weeks. He gets home, and we have rehearsals on the 29th. Then, we’re off on September 3 for a one-month run. Time was of the essence for this. We did manage to eek out four new songs, and we will include “Out of Time” on the EP. We’ll have a little five-song EP here, hopefully showing up in October.

What ties those five songs together? What completes the vision of the EP?

I think this where the vision lies. When you first write a song, the task at hand is really trying to get what’s going on in your head to come out in the speakers. It’s just that journey to get there. For me as a guitar player, my brush and palette is probably a little bit bigger than the others. It’s just a matter of completing the painting.

Chester’s an avowed fan…

It’s funny. When we first spoke, he was shocked at how long it took to get the call. I discovered this later after we decided to do this together. If you go on his Wikipedia right now and read it, he’s quoted as saying, “I one day dream of being in Stone Temple Pilots”. It gets a little crazier. He said, “When I was just dating my wife nine or so years ago, I said to her, ‘I’m one day going to get a call from them to be in the band’.” Chester’s bursting with ideas. He brought in so much. It’s almost like he was bringing in a song every day. It’s like, “Hey man, let’s just stick to these four!” [Laughs] There’s actually a song on here that Chester wrote musically, lyrically, and melodically.

What’s the first thing now that you think of when you think about Purple?

Well, there’s a lot that goes along with that. It was a very interesting time in life. We were down in Atlanta making that record. I knew we were tapping into something really special. We were actually on tour for the Core album. We played this club called Masquerade, which happens to be in Atlanta as well. We were in the parking lot of the hotel, and Robert was sitting on the bumper of the Winnebago we had and he said, “Check out this song I wrote!” He whistled me the melody. Robert wrote that entire song—guitar, bass, and melody. The only thing he didn’t write on that was the lyrics. We were in the parking lot of this shit hotel, and he played that song on an acoustic guitar and whistled the melody. I said, “That’s really special”. It was “Interstate Love Song”, of course. If I can fast-forward to 1994, I got a call from Danny Goldberg who was running Atlantic Records at the time, he had Gold Mountain Entertainment who managed Nirvana and stuff. Danny’s a brilliant guy. He’s great to be affiliated with. He called me and said, “Hey man, I want to congratulate you for ‘Interstate Love Song’ being seventeen weeks at number one”. I was like, “That’s great!” He went on, “I don’t know if you know the impact of this Dean. This is number one for seventeen weeks. This is like of all-time. You beat out ‘We Are The Champions’ by Queen and ‘Start Me Up’ by The Rolling Stones and an Elvis Presley track. This song was seventeen weeks at number one. It’s the longest run for a song at number one in the history of records!” Since then, it’s been surpassed. Getting a call and hearing that knocked me off of my feet. I thought, “Okay!” It takes me back to the day in that parking lot in Atlanta and Robert sitting on the bumper of the Winnebago playing and whistling that song to me.

Source: ArtistDirect

There has been plenty of reportage over the past few months about Linkin Park vocalist Chester Bennington joining Stone Temple Pilots, but little has been written about how his main band remains in full swing — on not just one album project, but two.

“While I was working with Stone Temple Pilots on their new EP there were some times I was actually recording with Linkin Park the same day,” Bennington told Yahoo! Music. “Writing for both was crazy — but it was fun, too, because both bands have their own distinct character.”

On August 10 Linkin Park debuted the new song “A Light That Never Comes,” a collaboration with turntablist Steve Aoki, who took the stage with them during the performance. “Steve and I met up like a year ago, maybe more,” Linkin Park co-vocalist Mike Shinoda said during a Q&A with fans. “[The song] happened pretty organically, just shooting ideas back and forth.”

“A Light That Never Comes” will not be on the upcoming Linkin Park album. Nor will it be featured on the soundtrack to the film Mall, which is being directed by Linkin Park keyboardist Joseph Hahn.

The movie stars Vincent D’Onofrio, Gina Gershon, Peter Stormage, James Frecheville, and Cameron Monaghan, and is based on the Eric Bogosian novel about five unhappy suburbanites who become inextricably entwined one night when Frecheville goes on a shooting spree in a shopping mall.

Hahn has started shooting the film, but there is no scheduled release date. Linkin Park are creating the soundtrack with help from Deadsy drummer Alec Püre. While a few songs will feature Bennington’s recognizable vocals, much of the material is instrumental.

“There’s a different mindset going into scoring a movie than making a record because you’re trying to capture the scene without having the music distract you from what you’re looking at,” Bennington said. “We’re trying to capture the emotional quality of the film, so there’s a lack of structure and there aren’t very many parts when compared to radio songs. Also, there are different characters in the movie that require different threads of sounds. So there’s a lot of cool elements we’re working with.”

In early August, Bennington finished recording vocals for a five-song Stone Temple Pilots EP that will come out in the fall. There is no scheduled release date for the follow-up to Linkin Park‘s 2012 album Living Things.

But Bennington insists that regardless of how much fun he has with STP, Linkin Park will remain his main gig. “I love Stone Temple Pilots, but I’m in love with Linkin Park, and that’s a great position to be in,” he said.

Source: Yahoo Music

For the doubters, questioners or haters, Stone Temple Pilots with Chester Bennington at the vocal helm have effectively shut down any speculation about the validity or relevancy of the pairing, as their first single together has gone No. 1. That’s right. ‘Out of Time’ has topped the Mediabase Active Rock and Mainstream Rock Charts.

The Bennington-fronted version of STP debuted in May at KROQ’s Weenie Roast and they’ve never looked back. In fact, they’ve gone full steam ahead and have a flurry of exciting activity in their camp. The band remains hard at work on an EP to be released via its own label in the fall. They also kick off their tour on Sept. 4, with Filter onboard for many dates.

“We’re really thankful to all the people listening to our music that made this happen,” said bassist Robert DeLeo. “It feels great on so many levels.”

Stone Temple Pilots have enjoyed several chart-toppers over the course of their two-decade career, which is overflowing with hits. ‘Out of Time,’ however, is their first No. 1 with Bennington.

Source: Noise Creep

Chester posted a message to his fans over Linkin Park’s official Facebook page.

Hey Ya’ll,

Can’t wait to see all you LP fans at the shows this Sept. when I hit the road with my favorite band Stone Temple Pilots!! We are super excited about the new material as well as the classic STP tracks the band have rarely or never played live before now!

- Chester

Dates/Tickets: http://bit.ly/stptour2013

( Photo Credit: Jonathan Weiner http://www.jweinerphotography.com/ )