Stone Temple Pilots Officially Change Name, Set ‘High Rise’ EP Release
In May, Stone Temple Pilots made their live debut with Linkin Park‘s Chester Bennington at KROQ Weenie Roast. Since then, the band has been busy working on new music, as well as engaging in a heated legal battle with former singer Scott Weiland, who was fired from the band in February.
The band sued Weiland in May and accused him of using the STP name to promote his solo career. Weiland then filed a countersuit and asked the judge to prohibit them from using the band name.
It seems both sides have gotten their way… sort of. The group will now officially be called Stone Temple Pilots With Chester Bennington. Their debut EP, High Rise, also now has a release date: October 5, via STP’s Play Pen/ADA label. The EP includes the band’s first single “Out of Time.” Listen below.
“Every band has its own kinda vibe,” Chester Bennington told KROQ’s Kevin & Bean after the surprise performance in May. “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.”