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Linkin Park's Chester Bennington joins Stone Temple Pilots

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Story by Jack Foley

LINKIN Park singer Chester Bennington has joined Stone Temple Pilots.

The ‘switch’ was made official at the KROQ Weenie Roast in Los Angeles this weekend, where music fans were the first to see Bennington as the new lead singer of STP (which was previously fronted by Scott Weiland).

STP members Dean DeLeo, Robert DeLeo and Eric Kretz then confirmed the news via their website, by saying: “Chester has a one-of-a-kind voice that we’ve admired for a long time. We know Linkin Park will always be his priority, but we thought it would be cool to try something together. We managed to find the time to record a song and we’re all really happy with the result.”

Bennington himself also said that he was moved to take up the offer having been a fan of the band for some time. But that doesn’t mean he has turned his back on Linkin Park either – Bennington will only play with Stone Temple Pilots in between commitments to Linkin Park.

He commented: “I’ve loved STP since I was 13-years-old and they’ve had a huge influence on me. When the opportunity came up to do something creative with them, I jumped at the chance.

“The guys in Linkin Park have been incredibly supportive of me undertaking this project while I’ve continued to work on new music with LP.”