Chester Bennington joined Stone Temple Pilots in 2013, replacing fired vocalist Scott Weiland, and now comes the news that Bennington and the group have split amicably.
“The last few years have been an amazing experience,” Bennington writes. “With the amount of time STP deserves, in addition to being in Linkin Park, and with the needs of my family, one of them always seems to fall short. … We decided in due fairness to friends, fans and the legacy of STP that it needs more than time was allowing me. And in all fairness to my bandmates in Linkin Park, as well as to myself and to my family, I’m going to focus solely on Linkin Park so I can contribute 100%.”
“What an amazing and beautiful few years we’ve all had together,” write the other STP members. “We have thoroughly enjoyed our time together with Chester not only professionally, but even more so on a personal level. Sadly, it was evident that scheduling and time was working against us.”
The silver lining is that the band says that “there is an abundance of new music written, some of which is already recorded.”