Those who were in attendance at the annual KROQ Weenie Roast on May 19 in Los Angeles were treated to a new version of the band Stone Temple Pilots. The band officially fired their former frontman, Scott Weiland, in February. The last straw with the band was Weiland leaving to tour solo, with plans to perform the band’s first album in its entirety.
Weiland later said the firing was a stunt to boost ticket sales, but a special appearance by the band at the Weenie Roast begs to differ. In their first show since the firing, Stone Temple Pilots were fronted by the leader of Linkin Park, Chester Bennington.
After the concert, the band confirmed the addition of Bennington, writing on their website, “Chester has a one-of-a-kind voice that we’ve admired for a long time. We know Linkin Park will always be his priority, but we thought it would be cool to try something together. We managed to find the time to record a song and we’re all really happy with the result.”
Bennington commented on the new combination himself, writing, “I’ve loved STP since I was 13 years old and they’ve had a huge influence on me. When the opportunity came up to do something creative with them, I jumped at the chance. The guys in Linkin Park have been incredibly supportive of me undertaking this project while I’ve continued to work on new music with LP.”
Though there’s no word on an album, the band and Bennington have released their first song together, “Out of Time.” It can be downloaded for free. They only have one other live show scheduled so far, June 30 in Los Angeles.