LINKIN PARK Members Speak Out On Singer Joining STONE TEMPLE PILOTS

LINKIN PARK Members Speak Out On Singer Joining STONE TEMPLE PILOTS

For months one of the biggest stories in rock has been STONE TEMPLE PILOTS firing singer Scott Weiland and replacing him with LINKIN PARK's Chester Bennington. While STP, Bennington and even Weiland have all spoken out about the lineup change, the other members of LINKIN PARK are only now starting to talk. The Pulse Of Radio asked frontman Mike Shinoda how Bennington has handled the situation with his bandmates. "He's been so awesome about it," he said. "I mean, he asked us for our blessing before he did anything. You know, he sent the nicest e-mails back while he was out there on the road. He was so inspired to do that tour with them and to record some music with them. Chester has always loved that music and loved all those guys, so it was a really fun thing for him to do."

LINKIN PARK DJ Joe Hahn told Rolling Stone, "In high school we grew up listening to STONE TEMPLE PILOTS. For us these are the deities of rock. They're up there, so if someone asks you to do that, you just do it. Chester is such a great singer and for him to have the opportunity to go and sing with other people, we're appreciative of them for asking Chester to do it."

Hahn added, "[Chester's] definitely a person that has a lot of stuff inside of him, and you can tell by watching him perform it's there and it needs to come out. You can't do that on one album — those 12 songs in two years."

Bennington just completed his first tour with STP and will make his recording debut with the group on an upcoming EP, "High Rise", which is due out on October 8.

Meanwhile, LINKIN PARK recently released a collaborative track with electronic artist Steve Aoki called "A Light That Never Comes". The tune is taken from the new video game, LP Recharge, which features characters and missions designed by the band.

"A Light That Never Comes" is set to appear on LINKIN PARK's upcoming new remix album, "Recharged", which is out October 29. The disc will feature new remixes of tracks from the band's last record, 2012's "Living Things".


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