Stone Temple Pilots’ Robert DeLeo Talks New Singer Search, Reissues, & Chester Bennington

Stone Temple Pilots’ Robert DeLeo was recently interviewed by Billboard and discussed a number topics including the “Core” 25th anniversary reissue (September 29), the band’s new singer search, Chester Bennington, and more. You can read some of his comments below:


On whether or not the band are planning more anniversary reissues:

“Absolutely. I think they deserve that. There’s so many demos, and the bare bones of how some of these songs came together musically. I’ve got so much stuff that I saved, and I think it’s gonna be fun going through one of the best musical parts of my life, that decade. It’s all about there in my garage, and it’s going to be interesting going through that.”

DeLeo on the band’s current status:

“Dean and I are always writing music, whether it’s for STP or not. Hopefully we will find a singer who will be that guy, and represent what we want to do moving forward. I think there’s a lot of music to be made, still, and I think we all feel we want to continue — not only that, but also playing songs that we wrote 25, 30 years ago that mean a lot to me, and I think there’s people out there who want to hear those songs, too.”

He also added:

“When it all comes together it’ll come together. It’ll feel right and we’ll proceed forward. This is not an overnight decision. This is a series of getting together with someone and really figuring out what they are all about and if that’s right for us.”

DeLeo on new singer auditions:

“It’s been very interesting. You get some interesting scenarios with people. There’s been some colorful people, I should say [Laughs] … Some of these people, they sing in their bedroom and their mom and dad tell ’em they’re great. Then they get into a room with a band that’s turned up to 10 and expect to lead the band. You can pretty much tell right off the bat that’s not happening with certain people. There are a lot of things to look at to really, really choose someone to move forward with.”

DeLeo on the late Chester Bennington (Linkin Park), who previously fronted Stone Temple Pilots:

“It’s sad, really sad. I lost a great friend. We’re part of the same community here. We took our kids to school and took our kids to baseball, and he was a great human being. He was there for us when we needed it. It’s hard to talk about him in the past tense, still. He was a really great person, and I miss him every day. There’s not a day that goes by that I don’t think about him and think about why he did what it did. Obviously it made sense to him, but I’m baffled by that. And always will be.”

You can read more and stream a MTV Unplugged version of “Wicked Garden” at Billboard.


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