How Linkin Park's Chester Bennington Joined Stone Temple Pilots

(Classic Rock) Stone Temple Pilots guitarist Dean DeLeo didn't realize how easy it was going to be to persuade Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington to join the band.

He'd known that Bennington was a fan but he didn't know how much of a fan. And after Bennington had accepted the role that became available when STP sacked Scott Weiland, he told DeLeo the whole story.

The guitarist tells Nikki Sixx on his Sixx Sense radio show: "I was on a European tour, in my room, late at night. I turn on the TV and there's Linkin Park doing this massive festival, and Chester's hitting it with a Stone Temple Pilots shirt on. It put a smile on my face, it brought me back to home, and I could feel my heart again.

"When the time came to think about a singer we reached out to him."

Bennington, who readily describe accepting the invitation as a "no-brainer," went on to record the track Out Of Time with STP, who launched it in May as their first musical act without Weiland.

It was around that time the singer told DeLeo: "When I was dating my wife, about eight, nine years ago, I said: 'One day, they're going to call me to be in the band.'" more on this story

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