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A brief chat with the Stone Temple Pilots


Alt-rockers the Stone Temple Pilots will be in town in April, and they’re bringing new singer Chester Bennington (Linkin Park) along with them. How will he compare to Scott Weiland? We’ll have to wait and see. The very likable Robert DeLeo is feeling positive…A

Yellow Scene: Let’s get the obvious question out of the way first – once you guys decided to carry on, how did you decide on Chester?

Robert DeLeo: Well you know, we’ve known Chester for quite a while now. There were a lot of people I think that could really carry and add to what we wanted to do to move forward. There were people who wanted to try to do what Scott [Weiland, former singer] did, but as far as moving forward and taking the music and the whole brand of Stone Temple Pilots forward, I think Chester was a good choice.

YS: After all those years of turmoil, is it weird and/or a relief to be able to get back on tour with a new singer?

RD: It is a relief. The four of us had a vision at one point for quite a while. I think that vision was lost by Scott, and I think we worked way too hard and long to have that vision disrupted. Let’s face, it’s been going down for years. I think as you get older, you hope to get wiser. Some of us do. You realize what’s really important in life. Like anything, it turns into a life lesson. It’s a dream and an absolute pleasure to make music for a living. At my age now, I never take it for granted, how important it is to be able to make music still in my life. When that becomes a burden and a chore, and something that you can’t really find a way to get out of the complications of it, changes must be made.

YS: Do you like playing Colorado?

RD: Absolutely, man. You know, Colorado is one of those places that, when we’re there, I love fresh water fishing so I had a day off and did some trout fishing. I had a great time. If you like the outdoors, then you definitely get to appreciate Colorado. I’m looking forward to seeing a long-lost cousin of mine who now lives there. I have another purpose so hopefully I’ll find time to see her, and play a great show.

YS: What can we expect from the set?

RD: We go on Facebook and other things, and we listen to what people have to say. I think if people want to hear some stuff, then it’s kinda cool to pull out some songs that we haven’t played ever, or haven’t played in a long time. We’re able to do that now, and I think people can expect some different songs in the set. We have a long history of songs, and I think those songs can be performed now and performed in a great way.

YS: Is the new lineup going to record?

RD: We’re actually about six songs deep into a record right now. We have been recording this past month. Everyone’s just trying to find the time to get together. Chester broke his ankle, so he’s got a plate in there with pins. He’s having quite an interesting time getting around and getting over here. No one likes to break their ankle.

Photo by Harry Reese

Stone Temple Pilots play at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 15 at the Fillmore; 1510 Clakson St., Denver; 303-837-1482; $43-$333.


Brett Calwood
Brett Callwood is an English journalist, copy writer, editor and author, currently living and working in Los Angeles. He is the music editor with the LA Weekly. He was previously a reporter at the Longmont Times-Call and Daily Camera, the music editor at the Detroit Metro Times and editor-in-chief at Yellow Scene magazine. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brett_Callwood

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