"PEO­PLE STILL WANT TO HEAR THESE SONGS"

Why stone Tem­ple Pi­lots could still rise from the ashes of tragedy once more.

Classic Rock - - Stone Temple Pilots -

on July 20, news broke that Ch­ester Ben­ning­ton had been found dead in his los An­ge­les home. Al­though he was best known for fronting linkin park, Ben­ning­ton had also stood in for scott Weiland in stone tem­ple pi­lots be­tween 2013 and 2015, and he sang on their ac­claimed High Rise Ep.

“i re­mem­ber we were re­hears­ing for one of the last cou­ple of shows we were do­ing with Ch­ester in 2015,” says stp’s Robert Deleo.

“We were in a re­hearsal room, and Chris Cor­nell walked in – he was re­hears­ing next door. We all said hi and hugged. i look back at that mo­ment now and think: “i would have never, ever had the thought that those two guys would no longer be with us.’”

Ben­ning­ton‘s death came a year and a half af­ter that of scott Weiland. But de­spite hav­ing lost both their singers, Deleo says there’s a chance that the stone tem­ple pi­lots name could be res­ur­rected with a new front­man.

“Yes, i think there is,” says Robert. “We worked very, very, very hard at cre­at­ing stone tem­ple pi­lots, and un­for­tu­nately one of the guys who cre­ated that with us is gone. i just feel that when the time is right, and it’s ap­pro­pri­ate, we’re go­ing to con­tinue.

“it’s not a sud­den, overnight de­ci­sion. it could take months, it could take a cou­ple of years. it doesn’t have to look good on pa­per, it just has to feel good. And i think peo­ple still want to hear those songs.”

Ch­ester Ben­ning­ton fronting STP at the BB&T Cen­ter, Florida, Septem­ber 2013.

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