"PEOPLE STILL WANT TO HEAR THESE SONGS"
Why stone Temple Pilots could still rise from the ashes of tragedy once more.
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.