Linkin Temple Pilots, we hardly knew ye. Chester Bennington, famed Linkin Park frontman and replacement singer for Stone Temple Pilots since 2013, has announced that he is leaving on a southern train, in order to make his family (and his original band) more of a priority. In a statement reported by Billboard (and recently presaged by original STP lead singer Scott Weiland), Bennington writes:
The last few years have been an amazing experience… I got to create and perform with one of the greatest rock bands of our generation, that had so much influence on me growing up. 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. Going in to this, the four of us… Robert, Eric, Dean and myself knew what we were up against. 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%. It’s been an amazing experience and a dream come true, and I look forward to the future of both STP and Linkin Park.
The remaining band also issued a no-hard-feelings statement of their own:
What an amazing and beautiful few years we’ve all had together. It was our honor to play and see all of you recently on tour. 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. Within this, there is a new beginning. There is an abundance of new music written, some of which is already recorded. We have had the fortune of playing with some very talented singers over the last few months and will continue to do so until each of us feels and knows when the right person arrives.
In the most immediate short term, the band already has a replacement singer: Joss Stone, who will be fronting the band for a one-off “hey we share a word in our names” collab for Jimmy Kimmel’s “Mash-Up Mondays” series tonight.