Stone Temple Pilots Considered Changing Name When They Hired Chester Bennington

Chester Bennington discussed taking over for Scott Weiland as Stone Temple Pilots’ lead singer in a new A-Sides interview.

“We did talk about maybe changing the name of the band, and just doing something new. Honestly, my thing was like, why give up what you guys have worked so hard on? This is your legacy, you don’t have to give it up just because one person didn’t do things the way that everybody wanted them to go, didn’t do things everybody planned. We should be able to move forward.”

He added, “I mean, where is the music coming from in the first place? There’s no question when you hear the new music that it’s Stone Temple Pilots. Why? Because it’s coming from the guys who write the music. It’s coming from the source. So, when the source is there, then it’s still pure. It can still go on in a way that, when people come to see us live, they know: ‘This is the band I wanted to come see.’ They can feel that we genuinely care about what we’re doing.”

  • Shane99

    Let the bitching and whining begin!

  • — J —

    I don’t even like Linkin Park, but I am super happy that Chester is singing for STP.

  • Raj

    Yeah they should have, it ain’t STP without SW, SW got his album out first. In two years they’ve done a 4 song EP and toured. Let’s see if an album comes out. CB might do one album with these guys and tour and then go back to LP. At some point he won’t be able to juggle both and the STP dude will get restless when he isn’t there.

    • — J —

      Maynard doesn’t have any problem juggling 3 bands. I think Chester will be fine with 2.

  • God

    Rumor has it they were going to call themselves “The Dingle Berries”

  • usubpar

    Yeah, they should have – doesn’t even sound like STP any more

    • Dom


  • Pasta of Muppets

    That new Art of Anarchy band will give STP a run for it’s $$$ if Scott will just admit he’s in the band