Chester Bennington Says Linkin Park Takes Priority Over Stone Temple Pilots

2013-10-21

Story by Anne Erickson

Chester Bennington says his duties in Linkin Park take priority over his work with Stone Temple Pilots

Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington is keeping busy fronting Stone Temple Pilots at the moment, but that doesn’t mean he’s letting his duties in Linkin Park wall by the wayside. In fact, Bennington says that while he is loving being in both groups, his first responsibility will always be to Linkin Park.

“We’ve treated this much like if you’re doing business with somebody and want to go off and do business with somebody else,” Bennington told Billboard. “In no way, shape or form do I want anything I do with Stone Temple Pilots to interfere with what we have to do as a band.”

Linkin Park multi-instrumentalist Mike Shinoda added that even thought it sounds like a good idea to do a joint Linkin Park, Stone Temple Pilots tour, he doesn’t think it would be realistic for Bennington.

“I personally don’t know if I want to put Chester through that,” he said Billboard. “It’s like asking a pro athlete to play a doubleheader. I don’t care how good [NBA stars] Kobe Bryant or LeBron James are; if you have them play doubleheaders every day, they’re gonna look pretty worn out by the end of it.”

In other band news, Linkin Park will release “Recharged,” an album offering fresh interpretations of songs from the band’s 2012 release, “Living Things,” on Oct. 29. Meanwhile, Stone Temple Pilots with Chester Bennington will release their debut EP, “High Rise,” is currently available.




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