Stone Temple Pilots Return to Billboard 200 With New Singer, EP
After charting eight previous albums with Scott Weiland as its lead singer, alt rock veterans Stone Temple Pilots return to the Billboard 200 -- but without its former lead singer. This time, they are joined by a new frontman -- and a very famous one at that -- Chester Bennington of Linkin Park. (Weiland was dismissed from the band in February.)
The new five-song EP, "High Rise," enters at No. 24 on the Billboard 200 with 12,000 sold. Distributed by Alternative Distribution Alliance, the set also bows at No. 4 on Hard Rock Albums. (The act last charted with an album of new material in 2010: a self-titled set, with Weiland, debuted and peaked at No. 2.)
The new lineup was revealed on May 18 during a surprise performance at the KROQ Weenie Roast concert. The eight-song set included a brand new tune, "Out of Time," written by Bennington with Stone Temple Pilots. The song was serviced to radio shortly thereafter, and climbed to No. 1 on the Heritage Rock and Mainstream Rock charts, and No. 15 on the Rock Airplay tally.
The group has a short U.S. concert tour scheduled to begin on Nov. 1 in Biloxi, Miss., and includes a number of radio station holiday shows. They'll then head to Australia in February, 2014 for the Soundwave Festival.
Fans of Linkin Park shouldn't fret -- Bennington is still very much the lead singer of the band. That group will release its new remix album, "Recharged," on Oct. 29.