UPDATE: It’s confirmed. Rolling Stone reports that Bennington has left Stone Temple Pilots to focus full-time on Linkin Park, his main band. Both Bennington and the remaining STP members have given statements claiming that the split was amicable and that it was simply scheduling that made it impossible to keep the engagement going. Bennington says, “It’s been an amazing experience and a dream come true, and I look forward to the future of both STP and Linkin Park.” But now we know that Scott Weiland knows things, and we should never doubt him again.
Former Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland recently gave a lengthy interview to Alternative Nation, and although it hasn’t run yet, the site has been teasing some of its newsworthy revelations. First of all, Weiland claims the classic lineup of Guns N’ Roses will reunite — and given that Weiland played in Velvet Revolver with Slash, Duff McKagan, and Matt Sorum, he seems like at least a semi-reliable source. When asked about his 2006 feud with Axl Rose, Weiland responded, “I remember a little bit about it. There was a little going back and forth between the two of us at the time, but I think that Guns N’ Roses are getting back together.” Weiland wasn’t forthcoming about where he got his information, though: “I just heard that.”
Then there’s the matter of Stone Temple Pilots’ lead singer situation. Back in 2013, after the latest instance of STP’s other members kicking him out of the band, they recruited Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington to take his place. But Weiland said the Bennington era of STP is over: “He’s not in the band any more.” When pressed, Weiland affirmed, “I heard he’s not in the band anymore,” adding, “[Chester’s] got a band where he gets paid $700,000 a night with, and with STP, the brand is kind of falling apart, which is a shame.”
Weiland did not say whether there’s any chance of him linking up with his STP bandmates yet again, but as someone who considers Purple and Tiny Music two of the greatest records of the alt-rock era, I really hope that happens.