Chester Bennington On Stone Temple Pilots/Scott Weiland Feud: ‘I Want No Part Of That’

The Linkin Park frontman talks joining STP, avoiding the beef between the band and their former singer.

Earlier this year, Stone Temple Pilots parted ways with — er, “officially terminated” — founding frontman Scott Weiland via a press release that set new industry standards for brevity … a move that led to an inevitable multi-million dollar lawsuit filed by the erstwhile singer, accusing the band of “breach of contract,” amongst other things.

Oh course, drama like this is nothing new for STP … and neither is what the remaining members decided to do in the aftermath: start a new band.

Yes, much like the DeLeo brothers and drummer Eric Kretz did in 1997, when they formed Talk Show while Weiland pursued a solo career (and battled addiction), STP pressed on … bringing in Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington for a string of shows — no matter what fans thought — and, eventually, recording an EP of new music, all done under the moniker “Stone Temple Pilots with Chester Bennington.”

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