Bennington took on lead vocal duties in early 2013 when STP split with its wayward singer Scott Weiland. Now it’s Bennington’s turn to depart. In a statement issued over the weekend, both parties say the decision to part ways was an amicable one. And for Bennington, the move frees him up to devote time and energy to his other band, Linkin Park.
“The last few years have been an amazing experience,” writes Bennington. “I got to create and perform with one of the greatest rock bands of our generation, that had so much influence on me growing up. With the amount of time STP deserves, in addition to being in Linkin Park, and with the needs of my family, one of them always seems to fall short. Going in to this, the four of us… Robert, Eric, Dean and myself knew what we were up against. We decided in due fairness to friends, fans and the legacy of STP that it needs more than time was allowing me. And in all fairness to my bandmates in Linkin Park, as well as to myself and to my family, I’m going to focus solely on Linkin Park so I can contribute 100%. It’s been an amazing experience and a dream come true, and I look forward to the future of both STP and Linkin Park.”
With Bennington on mic duties, STP released a free download of the single “Out of Time” and later in 2013 the 5-track High Rise EP, which peaked at No. 24 on the Billboard 200.
The remaining members of STP — Dean DeLeo, Robert DeLeo and Eric Kretz – issued this message: “What an amazing and beautiful few years we’ve all had together. It was our honor to play and see all of you recently on tour. We have thoroughly enjoyed our time together with Chester not only professionally, but even more so on a personal level. Sadly, it was evident that scheduling and time was working against us. Within this, there is a new beginning. There is an abundance of new music written, some of which is already recorded. We have had the fortune of playing with some very talented singers over the last few months and will continue to do so until each of us feels and knows when the right person arrives.”
It’s unclear at this stage who will take on full-time vocal duties with STP. Though for a single night, the job will be handled by Joss Stone. The British singer and STP have been announced for tonight’s edition of Mashup Mondays on Jimmy Kimmel Live, where they will come together as Joss Stone Temple Pilots.