Chester Bennington Wants To Make A Lot Of Music With Stone Temple Pilots
Posted by Joseph Lee on 06.01.2013
Before performing at the MAP/MusiCares Fund Benefit in Los Angeles last night, Chester Bennington and the Stone Temple Pilots spoke about their plans as a band. They first revealed that they were working together at Los Angeles station KROQ's annual Weenie Roast show. At the MusiCares show, Bennington was given the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award for his dedication to MAP/MusiCares and helping other addicts with recovery.
He said: "When you get together and put a new piece in, there's a whole different energy. For us the creative juices have just been flowing – we've been writing, we have tons of great ideas. Next week we're going back in the studio and hammering out some more music."
However, since Bennington is still involved with Linkin Park, he and the band don't have a set schedule. They will have to put out new music as they did for "Out of Time".
Bennington added: "We don't have a label. Everything we're doing is on our own, so we're just taking it one track at a time. We would love to sit down and hammer out a record, but the reality is we're gonna make music, we're gonna make a lot of it, and we're gonna be in a position to release a single at a time, go out and really give people music the way they want to get it It is a good position to be in, and for us, all we care about is going out, making the legacy as great as it needs to be, as great as people expect it to be, and coming out with new music that lives up to that standard."
Dean DeLeo said of adding Bennington to the group: "It just came about very harmoniously. I don't want to use the 's' word – serendipitous – but it really was. Very natural."
Bennington said playing with STP, Slash and Duff McKagan for a cover of Mott the Hoople's "All The Young Dudes" was special because of what MAP/MusiCares means to him.
He said: "The reason why I come and do the things I do for MusiCares is it's a program that helps people that really need the help. They go out and change people's lives, and they give them the support that they need. And if they had asked me to show up and just play the first song by myself like I did a couple of years ago, I would've done the same thing, and it wouldn't have mattered about the award or whatever."
McKagan added: "I've been here the last few years, and good for Chester. Chester is a big name. It draws a lot of people in, they're gonna pay the high dollars for a table, and that's what you want. You want to raise money for MusiCares – that's the most important thing."