STP didn’t know how much Bennington wanted job
Stone Temple Pilots guitarist Dean DeLeo didn’t realise how easy it was going to be to persuade Chester Bennington to join the band.
He’d known the Linkin Park frontman was a fan – but he didn’t know how much of a fan.
And after Bennington had accepted the role that became available when STP sacked Scott Weiland, he told DeLeo the whole story.
The guitarist tells Nikki Sixx on his Sixx Sense radio show: “I was on a European tour, in my room, late at night. I turn on the TV and there’s Linkin Park doing this massive festival, and Chester’s hitting it with a Stone Temple Pilots shirt on. It put a smile on my face, it brought me back to home, and I could feel my heart again.
“When the time came to think about a singer we reached out to him.”
Bennington, who readily describe accepting the invitation as a “no-brainer,” went on to record the track Out Of Time with STP, who launched it in May as their first musical act without Weiland.
It was around that time the singer told DeLeo: “When I was dating my wife, about eight, nine years ago, I said: ‘One day, they’re going to call me to be in the band.’”
But even though he’s said similar things to the press, it was all a surprise to the guitarist, who wasn’t sure whether Bennington would say yes. “I didn’t know,” he admits.
STP are now working on a full album, although Bennington has made it clear Linkin Park is his priority. The band say they’ve completed four songs so far. Their split with Weiland is now the subject of two lawsuits.
Ahead of a series of live shows,tDeLeo will appear with Peter Frampton and B.B. King in August. He says: “What a complete and utter honour – Peter put me where I am today.”