A new era begins for Stone Temple Pilots today (October 8) with the release of "High Rise," a five-song EP with new singer Chester Bennington -- who's also doing double-duty in Linkin Park.
It's STP's first release since firing original frontman Scott Weiland in February, and bassist Robert DeLeo says the move to Bennington has been pretty natural:
"We played with Linkin Park back in early 2007 for the Family Values tour and kind of got to know him around that time, and he had been over to my house a couple times around then and, y'know, I had a good idea of what kind of person he was, and is. I think he's made it pretty clear how he feels about STP and being a fan, and on talking to him about it, I think he was kind of waiting for this call. And when we did it he agreed to be a part of this. I think we were all at that moment kind of on the same page, man. I look back at the last few months of what we've done and there wasn't a lot of thinking, man. There was a lot of doing. I don't like to think and talk about stuff; I like to DO stuff, and I think we all do."
With dueling lawsuits filed between the band and Weiland, DeLeo adds that it was important to establish the new version of STP as quickly as possible with some new music:
"I think with the time we have, I think we used our time wisely. I definitely don't think we tried to rush something to come out. With writing music and doing this, man, you want it to be the best thing you can move forward and produce...There was a lot of ideas floating around. We were getting inspired by each other, man. Yeah, there's room for another EP already. We were just trying to decide what would best fit on this...I wish we had time to make a whole LP, but we'll get around to making more music soon."
STP will play scattered concerts throughout the rest of the year, including several radio station-sponsored holiday shows in December, and will be part of the Soundwave Festival tour during late February and early March in Australia.
Bennington has also started work on the next Linkin Park album.
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