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.