Chester Bennington says his collaboration with Stone Temple Pilots will extend beyond their single "Out Of Time." The Linkin Park singer performed with STP again on Thursday night in Los Angeles at the MAP/MusicCaresFund Benefit Concert, where Bennington was honored with the Stevie Ray Vaughn Award for his charity work.
Bennington spoke to Rolling Stone backstage at the event about his newest bandmates, saying that, "When you get together and put a new piece in, there's a whole different energy. For us the creative juices have just been flowing – we've been writing, we have tons of great ideas. Next week we're going back in the studio and hammering out some more music."
The singer said he will still be a part of Linkin Park and that STP will release music on their own schedule and at their own pace. "We don't have a label," he told Rolling Stone. "Everything we're doing is on our own, so we're just taking it one track at a time. We would love to sit down and hammer out a record, but the reality is we're gonna make music, we're gonna make a lot of it, and we're gonna be in a position to release a single at a time, go out and really give people music the way they want to get it. It is a good position to be in, and for us, all we care about is going out, making the legacy as great as it needs to be, as great as people expect it to be, and coming out with new music that lives up to that standard."
Of course, the status of this new version of STP is still in question, as last Friday the members of the band filed a lawsuit against Scott Weiland claiming breach of contract. Meanwhile, Weiland posted his own open letter to fans on his website, writing that "they don't have the legal right to call themselves STP because I'm still a member of the band."
The other STP members, Dean and Robert DeLeo and Eric Kretz, released a statement yesterday, clarifying their lawsuit. The statement on their website reads: "Our purpose in taking this action is not to hurt Scott. We want to move forward productively, and Scott’s choices and actions have prevented us from doing that. We were in the process of putting our 20th anniversary tour together to celebrate the release of our first album, Core. The plan was for a big tour where we’d perform the album in its entirety, along with some other favorite STP songs. So, you might imagine our shock and disappointment when, without any notice, we learned that Scott had seized this tour for himself as his solo tour, and decided to do exactly what we as a group had planned. We found out about it the same way you did—we saw an ad for it.
Without getting into legal details, the band has a binding agreement that clearly states what each of us can and cannot do outside of STP. Unfortunately many of the decisions Scott made violate this agreement, have been harmful to the band, and prevented us from moving forward. When our requests to Scott and his representatives that they abide by the agreement were ignored, we finally had enough. So now, we’ve made our choice. It was beyond time we made some new music, which was impossible in the dysfunctional environment we were in. We’ve lived in it long enough and have decided to move forward with STP. We wish Scott well. We’re really excited about the new music we’ve been making with Chester, including the song we just released, 'Out of Time.'
We love this band and respect everything it means to you. We want to always give you our best and the choice we made is completely in that spirit."