While Stone Temple Pilots with Chester Bennington just released their new EP, High Rise, both sides want to make it clear that Bennington's involvement with STP won't take away from his duties with Linkin Park. In fact, Linkin Park just started recording a new album. Luckily, Bennington says that both groups "have great relations. We all respect each other." He told Billboard in a recent interview, "We've treated this much like if you're doing business with somebody and want to go off and do business with somebody else."
The guys in STP get that, too. "His main concern is definitely Linkin Park," STP bassist Robert DeLeo added. "But when he's busy with them it offers Dean (DeLeo) and Eric (Kretz) and myself some time to really get new music together, and when he's available that's when we work, and we make the best of that time. The main thing Chester brought up is he wanted to be a part of this and really honor the (STP) past catalog and really move ahead and create some great new music. It shows you what kind of person he is."
STP has plenty of new music still in the can, as well. DeLeo said there's already room for another EP. "We've accomplished a lot in the past few months of being together -- more than we have in a long time. I definitely don't think we tried to rush something to come out," he told Billboard. "I wish we had time to make a whole LP, but we'll get around to making more music soon. You want to do the best thing you can produce, and we all really, really enjoyed making this."
DeLeo also confirmed that fans should not expect to see a joint tour between STP and Linkin Park. "I would not wish that upon anyone, man. I think what (Bennington) does in Linkin Park is demanding enough," he said. "He's got a full plate there."