Stone Temple Pilots have premiered a new song titled “Never Enough,” via Yahoo!. This track is from their new self-titled album, which will be released on March 16. This will be their first effort with new singer Jeff Gutt (ex-Dry Cell).
Yahoo! are also running an interview with Gutt about his friendship with previous Stone Temple Pilots singer, the late Chester Bennington (also of Linkin Park). He said the following:
“I knew Chester. I’ve known Chester since 2001. I was in a band called Dry Cell, and we were signed by the same guy that signed Linkin Park, so that’s how I knew him. He would come to some of our writing sessions and rehearsals; I’d see him in the studios that we were at. When we were recording, they’d be recording there. We just had a good friendship.”
He also revealed that Bennington went to his first private audition for Stone Temple Pilots as well:
“It was my first private audition with STP, and he [Chester] called and asked if he could come. He wanted to be there for that first show. So, I put him on my guest list. It was very cool that he could be there for that.”
While performing with The Stowaways jam band on the recent Shiprocked cruise, Sonny Sandoval (P.O.D.), Dave Buckner (ex-Papa Roach), Lukas Rossi (Stereo Satellite), and more paid tribute to late Chester Bennington with some live Linkin Park covers. You can see footage of that below:
In other news, he also opened up a bit about his new EP “Post Traumatic,” which was released today:
(1/2) On this project, I’m trying to work “in the moment.” I record a vocal or shoot a video while I’m feeling something. For example, I wrote and recorded verse one of “over again” on the day of the Bowl show, and did verse two the day after. #PostTraumatic
(2/2) And I wanted to put this out as soon as possible because I’m living it, and a lot of other people are living it, too. I want people to see and hear it as soon as I complete each thing. #PostTraumatic
The hardest thing was just getting started in general. The only person I spent more time with than CB was my wife (honorable mention to Brad and Dave). Getting back into the studio was terrifying.#PostTraumatichttps://t.co/L8NU1B5zvf
I have a bunch of songs; some are more finished than others. I wanted to release these three today and see what the fans want me to do next. If you like these, I’ll keep going.#PostTraumatichttps://t.co/pzARTLCCA3
He also added the following about “Looking For An Answer,” which didn’t appear on the EP, but was performed live at the band’s tribute show for Bennington:
It still exists, I just want to figure out the right presentation! I made a version of it with lots of cool sounds, but that seemed to take away from the power of the song. Maybe I restart with piano only…? https://t.co/G8pSGL5gYh
According to TMZ, the late Chester Bennington’s (Linkin Park) ex-wife Samantha Olit is apparently seeking $502,500 from his estate for money he allegedly owed her for child support. The article goes on to say she also “wants a share in Chester’s non-touring merchandising income and other royalty rights to his music.”
Papa Roach’s Jacoby Shaddix was recently interviewed by Meltdown on Detroit’s WRIF radio station, and he talked a bit about the late Chester Bennington (Linkin Park). You can read what he had to say below.
“I knew him quite well. I went out to dinner with him about a month before all that went down. He just had great advice to give me and was just super friendly and I just thought everything was cool. But the reality is I’ve struggled with a lot of the same demons he’s struggled with, and I understand the darkness.
“For anybody out there that’s walking through that themselves or has somebody in their lives that are in that dark place, my heart goes out to ’em, ’cause it’s not easy,” he continued. “And sometimes it just feels like everything is just way too heavy and you just can’t handle life. And it’s tough sometimes. I’m just glad I’m still breathing, ’cause that really just hit me hard. It made me go, ‘Ugh. That’s just too heavy.’ We lost some good ones in this last year, for real.”
He also added the following when asked if sobriety and his family helped him get through the dark times:
“It’s definitely an anchor for me — 100 percent. First off, my sobriety is very important to me. That’s what really kind of roots me in sanity. Because the insanity, I can get lost in it. And it could be the drugs… whatever. And my family definitely — my wife and my kids — the idea of losing them or not being part of their lives is terrifying to me. So they’re definitely something to fight for, and I love ’em dearly. And so every day I’m grateful for my relationship with my wife, I’m grateful for my positive relationship with my kids. And so I wanna keep that — those relationships. ‘Cause at the end of the day in life, that’s all we’ve got — all our relationships and our experiences with other people. And I value those.”
Earlier today (December 6), TMZ ran a story about late Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington and how he attempted to drown himself in November 2016 by tying himslef up and jumping in his pool. He was allegedly under the influence of a “large quantity” of alcohol and ended up changing his mind and breaking free. That suicide attempt was redacted in the autopsy report at the request of the singer’s widow Talinda, who has now slammed the website for publishing the story:
Fun fact- When your husband dies by suicide, the LA County Coroner’s office will PARAPHRASE your private conversation with them to dramatize and sensationalize the story and then SCUMBAG FILTH like TMZ post it for the world to feast on. It was redacted to protect all the kids!!
TMZ have shared the autopsy and toxicology report for Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington, who tragically committed suicide by hanging on July 20. The report says the singer did have a small amount of alcohol in his system and that his blood was “presumptive positive” for MDMA in one test, but two subsequent tests did not detect the drug, meaning he was not under the influence of it at the time of his death. Police also found a prescription bottle of Zolpidem (generic Ambien) on his dresser, as well as a half full pint glass of Corona and an empty bottle of Stella Artois. Fingernail pieces were located underneath his iPhone and on a table in the bedroom, which Bennington’s wife Talinda said was related to a nervous tic he had. No suicide notes were found, but two apparent biographies, one handwritten and one typed, were found. Talinda says the journals were part of an ongoing outpatient treatment program for addiction. The vocalist had suffered with depression and suicidal thoughts in the past, and had previously taken anti-depressants, until he decided to stop for over a year. The housekeeper that found Bennington said he was not acting oddly the night before his death. You can read a full redacted report HERE.