Reporting Annie Reuter
In May, Stone Temple Pilots made their live debut with Linkin Park‘s Chester Bennington at KROQ Weenie Roast (note: KROQ is a Radio.com station). Since then, the band has been busy working on new music, as well as engaging in a heated legal battle with former singer Scott Weiland, who was fired from the band in February.
The band sued Weiland in May and accused him of using the STP name to promote his solo career. Weiland then filed a countersuit and asked the judge to prohibit them from using the band name.
It seems both sides have gotten their way… sort of. The group will now officially be called Stone Temple Pilots With Chester Bennington. Their debut EP, High Rise, also now has a release date: October 5, via STP’s Play Pen/ADA label. The EP includes the band’s first single “Out of Time.” Listen below.
“Every band has its own kinda vibe,” Chester Bennington told KROQ’s Kevin & Bean after the surprise performance in May. “Stone Temple Pilots has this sexier, more classic rock feel to it. Linkin Park is a very modern, very tech-heavy type of band. I grew up listening to these guys. When this opportunity came up, it was just like a no-brainer.”
When asked what fronting STP meant for Linkin Park, Bennington said, “They’ve always been very cool about guys in the band and going out and doing other things.”
Tracklist for High Rise below, tour dates below that. STP With Chester Bennington’s tour kicks off next week.
1. Out of Time
2. Black Heart
3. Same on the Inside
4. Cry Cry
Stone Temple Pilots With Chester Bennington Fall Tour:
Sept 4 Bethlehem, PA @ Sands Bethlehem Events Center
Sept 6 Sayreville @ Starland Ballroom
Sept 7 Atlantic City, NJ @ House of Blues – Showboat
Sept 9 Boston, MA @ House of Blues
Sept 10 Huntington, NY @ Paramount
Sept 13 Oklahoma City, OK @ Downtown Airpark (w/ Motley Crue)
Sept 14 Newkirk, OK @ First Council Casino
Sept 17 Sunrise, FL @ BB & T Center (FLA Panthers Event)
Sept 18 Orlando, FL @ House of Blues
Sept 20 Columbia, SC @ Township Auditorium
Sept 21 Ft Myers, FL Shockwave Festival – Jet Blue Park
Sept 24 Midland, TX @ La Hacienda Event Center
Sept 26 Tempe, AZ @ Marquee
Sept 27 Las Vegas, NV @ Fremont Street Experience
Nov 1 Biloxi, MS @ Hard Rock Live