When former Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington stepped on the stage with Stone Temple Pilots at the 2013 MusiCares MAP Fund benefit earlier this year, everyone was surprised. But what do the other members of Linkin Park think about Bennington's decision? Joe Hahn of Linkin Park spoke out about Bennington’s move in a new interview with Rolling Stone.
Hahn told Rolling Stone, “In high school we grew up listening to Stone Temple Pilots. For us these are the deities of rock. They’re up there, so if someone asks you to do that, you just
do it. Chester is such a great singer and for him to have the opportunity to go and sing with other people, we’re appreciative of them for asking Chester to do it. I think on a spiritual level it works in so many ways, where it’s not even
about there being a benefit, it’s just something that feels right, especially for Chester.”
Hahn continued the interview stating that Bennington’s decision has had a positive effect on Linkin Park.
“Recently, Chester’s songwriting has been incredible. He’ll come to the studio with some stuff where we’re like, ‘How did that happen?’ For him to flex that with Stone Temple Pilots or
whoever, he’s definitely a person that has a lot of stuff inside of him, and you can tell by watching him perform it’s there and it needs to come out.”
Since STP dropped singer Scott Weiland for Chester Bennington, the band has remained stable. They announced a new EP release for Oct. 8 called High Rise. Bennington will also join STP for a U.S. tour.
On the other hand, Linkin Park’s “A Light That Never Comes” is set to be released on the album Recharged on Oct. 29th.