When the members of Stone Temple Pilots invited Chester Bennington to become the band's new frontman, the Linkin Park vocalist didn't take long to decide. We're talking like maybe a few moments at most. "Almost the second after I was asked, my immediate answer was, 'Yeah, I'd fucking love to,'" he says. Then, reality began to set in.
Bennington -- a Phoenix native who divides his time between the Valley and L.A.-- told Up on the Sun during a recent phone interview that after the excitement of becoming the vocalist for one of his favorite bands, which axed its longtime singer Scott Weiland earlier this year, transformed into a realization that it wasn't "something to be taken lightly." According to the 37-year-old, he started thinking to himself, "It's a big fucking deal."
Stone Temple Pilots with Chester Bennington are scheduled to perform tonight at Marquee Theatre in Tempe.