Stone Temple Pilots’ Robert DeLeo Says Band Struggled with Decision to Replace Scott Weiland

2013-09-09

Story by Anne Erickson

Stone Temple Pilots bass player Robert DeLeo says it was ‘very difficult’ the band had a hard time breaking it off with frontman Scott Weiland

Earlier this year, post-grunge rockers Stone Temple Pilots famously broke it off with their longstanding frontman Scott Weiland and replaced him with Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington. According to bass player Robert DeLeo, the band’s decision to cut Weiland off was a difficult one, but he thinks it was the right move.

“It was a very difficult decision to terminate the face of your band,” he told Rolling Stone.  “We’ve always looked out for Scott’s best interests and tried to be a great friend to someone who really didn’t care to be friends with us…and I don’t think we had any other choice.”

Bennington went on to say that he’s putting everything into fronting the new incarnation of Stone Temple Pilots. “There’s no need for me to do this, but at the same time I do realize this is their life,” he said. “This is how they’re gonna pay their bills and put their kids through college, this is how they’re gonna want to spend the rest of their lives. So by saying yes to that means I’m 100 percent in as well.”

In other news, the group has changed its name to Stone Temple Pilots with Chester Bennington. The band’s new EP, “High Rise,” will arrive on Oct. 8.




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