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Stone Temple Pilots To Hold Open Auditions For New Frontman


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The role of vocalist was left open following Scott Weiland's exit from the band in 2013, and Bennington was hired as a temporary replacement, but he announced in November (15) that he would be leaving Stone Temple Pilots to reteam with his Linkin Park bandmates.

His announcement came shortly before Weiland was found dead on his tour bus on 3 December (15) following an accidental overdose.

The rockers have now launched a new search for a frontman, and they will be holding open auditions to find a band member to "evolve" with.

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Chester Bennington Leaves Stone Temple Pilots


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The Linkin Park singer joined the band in 2013 after Scott Weiland was kicked out, and Weiland sparked rumours Bennington had quit during an interview on Saturday (07Nov15) with Alternative Nation, in which he said, "I heard he’s not in the band anymore".

On Monday (09Nov15), Bennington confirmed he is leaving so he can focus his efforts on Linkin Park.

"The last few years have been an amazing experience," Bennington wrote in a statement. "I got to create and perform with one of the greatest rock bands of our generation, that had so much influence on me growing up. With the amount of time STP deserves, in addition to being in Linkin Park, and with the needs of my family, one of them always seems to fall short.

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Rock On The Range 2015 - Day 3

Linkin Park, Mike Shinoda and Chester Bennington - Rock on the Range Heavy Metal Music Festival, Mapfire Stadium, Columbus, OH, USA on Sunday, May 17, 2015 at Mapfire Stadium - Columbus, Ohio, United States - Sunday 17th May 2015

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Chester Bennington Broke His Ankle Playing Basketball


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The Numb hitmakers announced they had to scrap the remainder of their The Hunting Party Tour dates in January (15) after Bennington broke his ankle prior to a concert in Indianapolis, where he appeared onstage with crutches.

He underwent surgery days later and now video footage documenting the start of the doomed tour has revealed exactly how the singer suffered the nasty injury on the day of the Indianapolis gig.

The video clip, posted on the band's YouTube.com page, shows Bennington playing basketball on an indoor court with members of Linkin Park's supporting acts, Of Mice & Men and Rise Against.

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Stone Temple Pilots Change Name After Ending Legal Battle


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The singer became locked in a nasty legal battle with his former colleagues after he was kicked out of the group in 2013 and replaced by Linkin Park's Chester Bennington.

Weiland sued in a bid to stop them using the band's name without him, so they became known as Stone Temple Pilots With Chester Bennington.

The singer recently confirmed the legal battle had been resolved, and now the band has been allowed to drop the addition to their title and go back to being Stone Temple Pilots.

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Chester Bennington Undergoes Surgery


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Linkin Park rocker Chester Bennington is to spend the next six weeks recovering after undergoing surgery on his ankle.

The musicians axed the remainder of their U.S. tour this week (beg19Jan15) after the singer suffered a nasty injury, and he went in for an operation to fix the problem on Tuesday (20Jan15).

Prior to the surgery, Bennington, told fans he will be out of action for more than a month, tweeting, "Headed into surgery in an hour. A** kicking will commence in 6 weeks... Ok everyone.... I'll be posting gross post op pics later."

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Linkin Park Perform Live In Concert

Linkin Park and Chester Bennington - Photographs of American Nu metal band Linkin Park as they performed live in concert at the O2 arena in London, United Kingdom - Sunday 23rd November 2014

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Linkin Park, Chester Bennington and Mike Shinoda

Linkin Park Perform At The Ziggo Dome On Their 'The Hunting Party Tour'

Chester Bennington and Linkin Park - American rock band Linkin Park perform at the Ziggo Dome on their 'The Hunting Party Tour' - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Friday 7th November 2014

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Chester Bennington and Linkin Park
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United Nations Equator Prize 2014 - Arrivals

Mike Shinoda and Chester Bennington - Photos from the 2014 United Nations Equator Prize in which 25 local sustainable development solutions for people, nature and resilient communities are recognized, held in New York City, New York, United States - Monday 22nd September 2014

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Mike Shinoda and Chester Bennington

Linkin Park Perform Live

Chester Bennington - Linkin Park perform live at the Cruzan Amphitheatre as part of their Carnivores Tour - Florida, United States - Saturday 9th August 2014

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Linkin Park: We Needed To Weed Out The Emo


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Linkin Park claim they need to ''weed out the emo'' when it comes to their new album.

The band - made up of Mike Shinoda, Chester Bennington, Joe Hahn, Brad Delson, Rob Bourdon, Mark Wakefield and Dave Farrell - are working on the follow-up to their 2012 record 'Living Things' and rapper Mike wanted to take a different approach.

He told Rolling Stone magazine: ''It needed to be visceral. We need to weed out a lot of the soft, emo kind of approach to our music, and we need to weed out anything that feels aggressive for aggressive's sake.

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Linkin Park Feel Inspired Recording Album


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Linkin Park feel ''inspired'' recording their new album.

Frontman Mike Shinoda has teased details of new material for the record, the follow-up to their 2012 album 'Living Things', and said the band plan to go in a new direction.

In a blog post, Mike attached a photograph of the band in the studio and wrote: ''As most Linkin Park fans know, the sound of each album is usually quite different from the last.

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Linkin Park Have 'incredible' Tracks For New LP


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Linkin Park's Chester Bennington has written some ''incredible'' songs for their next record.

The 'Crawling' group have started initial sessions for their sixth album and DJ Joe Hahn has been blown away by the ideas their singer has come up with so far.

He told RollingStone.com: ''Especially recently, Chester's songwriting has been incredible. He'll come to the studio with some stuff where we're like, 'How did that happen?' ... 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.''

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Scott Weiland: 'I Have No Hard Feelings Towards Stone Temple Pilots Replacement Bennington'


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Rocker Scott Weiland insists there are no hard feelings between him and his Stone Temple Pilots replacement Chester Bennington, because he's convinced the Linkin Park star did not act spitefully when he stepped up to front the band.

Bennington stunned fans when he hit the stage with Stp for a radio concert in California in May (13) and now he has become a semi-permanent member of the group and plans to tour with the DeLeo brothers later this year (13), while honouring his Linkin Park commitments at the same time.

Weiland, whose firing left a vacancy for his rock peer, is at war with his former bandmates, but, as he prepares to hit the stage with his new group at the Hollywood music festival Bennington and Linkin Park are headlining this weekend (02-04Aug13), he wants to make it clear that he's not upset with his replacement.

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Chester Bennington Has No Plans To Leave Stone Temple Pilots


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Linkin Park star Chester Bennington's side project with Stone Temple Pilots looks set to become a semi-permanent thing - he's keen to perform as Scott Weiland's replacement and his new bandmates are very happy to have him.

Bennington surprised fans when he stepped up to perform with Stone Temple Pilots at Los Angeles radio station Kroq's annual Weenie Roast in May (13) and he fronted the band again at the annual Map/MusicCares Fund Benefit Concert on Thursday night (30May13).

And he tells Rolling Stone magazine that he's more than happy to front two major U.S. rock bands at the same time.

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