Chester Bennington Talks About Balancing Linkin Park With Stone Temple Pilots
Posted by Joseph Lee on 10.07.2013
Could there be a double tour in the works?
Billboard spoke with both Linkin Park and the Stone Temple Pilots about Chester Bennington pulling double duty in both bands. STP has just released their first EP with Bennington, called High Rise. Meanwhile, Linkin Park are recording their next album. Here are highlights:
Bennington on the relationship of the bands: "[They] have great relations. We all respect each other. We've treated this much like if you're doing business with somebody and want to go off and do business with somebody else. [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."
Mike Shinoda on the possibility of a joint Linkin Park/STP tour: "You've got to believe that I've thought out it 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."
Robert DeLeo on the exit of Scott Weiland and the lawsuit: "There's some legal things there that I can't really talk about right now. 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."