Linkin Park may be in full gear promoting its new album “The Hunting Party,” but that isn’t keeping singer Chester Bennington from working with his other group, Stone Temple Pilots.
STP bassist Robert DeLeo has posted some new photos on Twitter showing the quartet in writing sessions, tweeting messages such as “Spending the week writing new #STP material here at HOMeFRY…” and “And having a blast…”
Bennington is pictured front and center working with DeLeo, his brother and guitarist Dean DeLeo and drummer Eric Kretz. Bennington replaced fired original singer Scott Weiland last year, and the current STP released an EP called “High Rise” as well as playing live dates — though the group did bail out of Australia’s Soundwave festival earlier this year with no clear reason given.
Robert DeLeo tells us that STP knew that sharing Bennington with Linkin Park would be part of having him in the band, but he feels it’s worth the juggle:
“Definitely the technicalities had to be talked about…His main concern definitely is Linkin Park. When he’s busy with them it offers Dean and Eric and myself some time to really get new music together, and when he’s available that’s when we work, man, and we make the best of that time. Really, that time, we have made the best of that time. We’ve accomplished a lot…more than we have in a long time.”
“The Hunting Party” debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 chart in June — the first Linkin Park album not to debut at No. 1 since the group’s 2000 debut “Hybrid Theory.” The group begins its Carnivores Tour with 30 Seconds to Mars on August 8 in West Palm Beach, Fla., while STP has two shows schedule, July 19 near Houston and October 4 at the Louder Than Life festival in Louisville.