Lead singer Chester Bennington out of Stone Temple Pilots

Chester Bennington has long cited Depeche Mode and Stone Temple Pilots as his early inspirations, and he “dreamed of becoming a member of Stone Temple Pilots.” Bennington eventually got to take over as lead singer for the band on in the spring of 2013 not long after Scott Weiland got the boot.

Two years later, the strains on Bennington’s time and allegiances appear to have taken their toll – particularly since Bennington’s still the lead singer of his original band Linkin Park.

“We decided in due fairness to friends, fans and the legacy of STP that it needs more than time was allowing me,” Bennington said in a statement. “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 percent. It’s been an amazing experience and a dream come true, and I look forward to the future of both STP and Linkin Park.”

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The split appears entirely amicable.

“What an amazing and beautiful few years we’ve all had together,” wrote STP’s remaining members: bassist Robert DeLeo, drummer Eric Kretz and guitarist Dean DeLeo. “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.”

Check out Bennington performing Plush live in Chicago this April:

“Every band has its own kind of vibe,” Bennington said after landing the STP gig. “Stone Temple Pilots has this sexier, more classic rock feel to it. Linkin Park is a very modern, very tech-heavy type of band. I grew up listening to these guys. When this opportunity came up, it was just like a no-brainer.”

No word yet on his replacement.

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