Scott Weiland Left Stone Temple Pilots Long Before Firing Says Chester
(Classic Rock) Stone Temple Pilots new singer Chester Bennington says former frontman Scott Weiland had departed the job long before he was officially fired. The Linkin Park vocalist was brought in by STP to replace the sacked Weiland in 2013 and has so far featured on one EP, High Rise, and is writing new material with the band. But Bennington says he doesn't see the transition as him filling Weiland's shoes.
He tells The Columbus Dispatch: "For me, it wasn't inserting myself in someone's shoes. I felt that position had been vacant for a long time. Even though Scott was there, honestly, I don't think he had 'been there.'
"In the initial conversation we had, I said, 'Why do you guys want to give up your legacy?' It's kind of a scary thing, but the music is too deserving, too good, to not have a chance to continue. People come to a lot of pre-judgments. A lot of them are going to be mad about it. But the idea of creating something new means you let the other thing go." Read more here.
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