Exclusive: New Song, Interview From Stone Temple Pilots With Chester Bennington
KROQ’s Weenie Roast always brings a surprise guest, and Saturday’s (May 18) show was no exception. The concert put together two huge names for an unexpected performance: Stone Temple Pilots with Linkin Park‘s Chester Bennington. The group premiered their new single, “Out of Time,” on stage.
During the show, the group opened with “Vasoline” and went on to perform hits including “Big Bang Baby,” “Wicked Garden,” “Sex Type Thing,” “Interstate Love Song” and “Trippin’ On A Hole In A Paper Heart,” as well as the B-side “Dead and Bloated.”
Bennington, the singer of Linkin Park, previously performed with the STP on the single “Wonderful,” circa 2001.
In an exclusive sit-down interview (below) with Stone Temple Pilots and Bennington after their Weenie Roast performance, KROQ morning show favorites Kevin & Bean got a sneak peak at the band’s backstage compound of sorts, hidden away from the other artist trailers. Secrecy was very important to Bennington and the members of Stone Temple Pilots, whose gear was purposely mislabeled backstage.
Bennington assured that the Weenie Roast performance would be “the first time but not the last” that he’d appear with STP. (Obviously not – he’ll also join them Sunday (May 19) at Live 105’s BFD in San Francisco.)
“Every band has its own kinda vibe,” Bennington explained. “Stone Temple Pilots has this sexier, more classic rock feel to it. Linkin Park is a very modern, very tech-heavy type of band. It was kind of nice. I got to use my voice tonight. I got to sing and show my range a little bit. I still got to through a little scream in here and there but it’s really just so much different. I grew up listening to these guys. When this opportunity came up, it was just like a no-brainer.”
So what’s the next step for the foursome?
“We’re gonna go out to lunch together because we haven’t been able because we haven’t been able to be seen in public together. So, we’re probably going to go hang out as friends,” confessed Bennington.
Stone Temple Pilots guitarist Dean DeLeo hinted that there might be an album and tour in the near future.
“We couldn’t really plan a tour until tonight because we couldn’t let people know what was going on,” Bennington added. Now the cat’s out of the bag so we’re going to go out and make more music and go play more shows and have some fun.”
Speaking about Linkin Park’s support of his decision to perform with STP, Bennington said, “They’ve always been very cool about guys in the band and going out and doing other things.”
As for STP’s former bandmate, longtime vocalist Scott Weiland, it’s worth asking: Did he know that he was being replaced by Bennington?
“Probably now,” joked DeLeo, who pointed out that there has been little or no communication between Weiland and the band. “He changed his numbers years ago and didn’t forward the new ones to us.”
- Jillian Mapes, Courtney E. Smith & Jay Tilles, Radio.com