When Chester Bennington was a teenager, he saw Stone Temple Pilots in Arizona and was inspired by their live show. “I’ve heard a lot of bands out there I liked, but there were not that many bands that came out in a live setting and just crushed it better than their records,” said Bennington.
During a Stone Temple Pilots interview and live performance with Kevin & Bean, morning show hosts on KROQ (a Radio.com station), Bennington admitted to looking up to vocalist like Al Jourgensen from Ministry, Perry Farrell from Jane’s Addiction, and even Scott Weiland, Stone Temple Pilots’ controversial former vocalist.
Joined by drummer Eric Kretz and brothers Dean and Robert DeLeo, the new incarnation of Stone Temple Pilots (who made their secret debut at KROQ’s Weenie Roast this past year) played a few songs off their recently released five-song EP, High Rise, and talked about how they came together.
When Bennington said he was so nervous for his first two shows that he wore sunglasses onstage the whole time, the brothers laughed and remarked, “It’s funny to hear that Chester gets nervous because Chester could actually stare down Chuck Norris.” Bennington admitted that he gets nervous but it’s because he might be “slightly a little bit of a control freak” and when he feels like he doesn’t have control over anything he kind of “freaks out.”
“Then I have to remind myself, I play music for a living,” Bennington said. “Even if it’s horrible, I’m in a band. I’ve got life figured out pretty good.”
The members of Stone Temple Pilots knew in their “heart and bones” that “if there was one person that could do this justice” it was Chester. “There was no one else who came to mind,” said STP. “There were no other names on the table.”