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Chester Bennington Leaves Stone Temple Pilots to Focus on Linkin Park

Chester Bennington will no longer perform as lead singer with Stone Temple Pilots, the band announced today. 

Bennington joined Stone Temple Pilots roughly two-and-a-half years ago. In a statement released by the band on its website, Bennington said the split boils down to scheduling. 

"The last few years have been an amazing experience," Bennington said. "I got to create and perform with one of the greatest rock bands of our generation, that had so much influence on me growing up. With the amount of time STP deserves, in addition to being in Linkin Park, and with the needs of my family, one of them always seems to fall short."

In a separate statement. the rest of the band thanked Bennington for his tenure but did not specify who would replace the Arizona native. 

"There is an abundance of new music written, some of which is already recorded," read a statement issued on behalf of bassist Robert DeLeo, guitarist Dean DeLeo, and drummer Eric Kretz. "We have had the fortune of playing with some very talented singers over the last few months and will continue to do so until each of us feels and knows when the right person arrives."

All parties seem to point out that the split is amicable and friendly. The news confirms what original Stone Temple Pilots lead singer Scott Weiland told Alternative Nation on Saturday, saying that Bennington is "not in the band any more.” When pressed for an explanation, he simply said, “[Bennington’s] got a band where he gets paid $700,000 a night with, and with STP, the brand is kind of falling apart, which is a shame.”

It seems that Weiland doesn't want to re-join anytime soon. So who will be the next STP singer? 
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David Accomazzo is a music wrangler, award-winning reporter, critic, and editor with more than a decade in the business.
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