Stone Temple Pilots Surprise Fans with Performance

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Fans get another big surprise from L.A. radio station KROQ’s annual Weenie Roast when 90’s rock band Stone Temple Pilots performed onstage with Chester Bennington of Linkin Park as their lead singer. The unannounced performance saw a blistering set from the band that included old songs such as Sex Type Thing, Vasoline, Wicked Garden, Dead & Bloated, and Interstate Love Song.

Bennington, who grew up listening to the band, said it was a no-brainer saying yes to this kind of opportunity. Aside from the live performance, he also hit the studio to record a track with the band, drawing conclusions that he’s now the new frontman of STP after the band parted ways with Scott Weiland.

Out Of Time is their latest track, which is free for download for limited time. The band’s official website also features Chester on the photos so it seems he’s now their new lead singer.

According to STP guitarist Dean DeLeo, Bennington was there first choice for the gig, and only he can fill in the void left by Weiland.

But don’t worry Linkin Park fans, as Chester is still the singer of the band and will continue to be their frontman. STP has announced that he will play with them in between commitments to Linkin Park.

Listen to STP’s latest track Out of Time with Chester Bennington on vocals. What do you think of the new change?

Stone Temple Pilots Drop Frontman Scott Weiland

After performing with the band for more than two decades, Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland is now officially cut away from the band as per a statement released on Wednesday by the group’s publicist. The announcement was made on Wednesday morning (Feb. 27) and only 11 words long: “Stone Temple Pilots have announced they have officially terminated Scott Weiland.” A rep of the group said that more information will follow but so far, there’s still no word.

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Just hours after the news hit, Weiland was quick to respond saying that he was just as surprised as everyone else. “I learned of my supposed ‘termination’ from Stone Temple Pilots this morning by reading about it in the press,” he said in a statement of his own, adding, “Not sure how I can be ‘terminated’ from a band that I founded, fronted and co-wrote many of its biggest hits, but that’s something for the lawyers to figure out.”

To end things with a positive note, he then goes on to say, “In the meantime, I’m looking forward to seeing all of my fans on my solo tour which starts this Friday.”

Although this news came as somewhat of a shock, rumors about a split had already surfaced two months earlier when Slash, Weiland’s former bandmate in Velvet Revolver, claimed that he was indeed fired from STP. But Weiland only downplayed the story in an interview with Rolling Stone saying, “Slash doesn’t know anything about STP. We’re talking right now about when we want our tour next,” and also adding, “STP has not broken up. I haven’t quit. I haven’t been fired.”

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STP broke once before back in 2002 but reunited in 2010. The 45-year-old Weiland has dealt with drug addiction, run-ins with the law and two failed marriages. He released a memoir titled Not Dead & Not for Sale in 2011.