STP…Chester Bennington of Linkin Park! Whoa, didn’t see this one coming. When news surfaced that the band was looking to work with a singer whose name wasn’t Scott Weiland, I started wondering who they might get instead. Would they go for some kind of Weiland clone? Would they get an unknown dude? Or a known singer? And if you listen to the sample of the new song Out Of Time (which you can hear in the video snippet or full Soundcloud song below), well… it sounds pretty badass! Chester is a really good fit. And now I can’t wait to hear what these guys are up to in full. Are they working on a full album together? Or is STP doing the Santana thing and making an LP with guest vocalists instead? They haven’t exactly said what they’re doing either way yet, but the press release (below) stresses that they recorded ‘a song,’ not ‘a whole bunch of songs,’ so I guess we’ll just have to wait and see…

(LOS ANGELES) – Fans attending KROQ’s annual Weenie Roast over the weekend got a real surprise when Stone Temple Pilots took the stage unannounced, for a blistering set with Chester Bennington of Linkin Park as lead vocalist.

The crowd went wild as the band performed STP classics like ‘Sex Type Thing’ and ‘Vasoline’ and also debuted a brand new song, “Out of Time”– the recording of which KROQ premiered immediately following the band’s explosive 40 minute set.

When Stone Temple Pilots band members, Dean DeLeo, Robert DeLeo and Eric Kretz began thinking of singers to accompany the new music they were working on, Bennington was at the top of the list. “Chester has a one-of-a-kind voice that we’ve admired for a long time,” said Dean DeLeo. “We know Linkin Park will always be his priority, but we thought it would be cool to try something together. We managed to find the time to record a song and we’re all really happy with the result.”

“I’ve loved STP since I was 13 years old and they’ve had a huge influence on me,” explained Bennington. “When the opportunity came up to do something creative with them, I jumped at the chance. The guys in Linkin Park have been incredibly supportive of me undertaking this project while I’ve continued to work on new music with LP.”