Fans attending KROQ’s annual Weenie Roast over the weekend got a real surprise when Stone Temple Pilots took the stage unannounced, for a blistering set with Chester Bennington of Linkin Park as lead vocalist.

The crowd went wild as the band performed STP classics like “Sex Type Thing” and “Big Empty” and also debuted a brand new song,  “Out of Time”– the recording of which KROQ premiered immediately following the band’s explosive 40 minute set.

Chester Bennington STP


When Stone Temple Pilots band members, Dean DeLeo, Robert DeLeo, and Eric Kretz began thinking of singers to accompany the new music they were working on, Chester Bennington was at the top of the list. Dean DeLeo said, “Chester has a one-of-a-kind voice that we’ve admired for a long time. We know Linkin Park will always be his priority, but we thought it would be cool to try something together. We managed to find the time to record a song and we’re all really happy with the result”.

As for Chester Bennington, he was only too happy to divulge, “I’ve loved STP since I was 13 years old and they’ve had a huge influence on me. When the opportunity came up to do something creative with them, I jumped at the chance.  The guys in Linkin Park have been incredibly supportive of me undertaking this project while I’ve continued to work on new music with LP”.

Both bands? Pretty sure we’re not the only ones who are excited about this!


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