March 17, 2015

Stone Temple Pilots have dropped the added “With Chester Bennington” from their name after settling their legal issues with former singer Scott Weiland.

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The band began working with Bennington in May 2013 after firing Weiland three months earlier, but an exchange of lawsuits over the use of the band name was part of the reason why the “Chester Bennington” clause was tacked on for a while.

No one is more excited about the news that Bennington himself, who told AltWire, “It’ll be fun to go out as just Stone Temple Pilots (laughs). That’s exciting, because it really bothered me to see ‘Stone Temple Pilots with Chester Bennington.’ So I’m glad that’s gone and glad that that’s over.”

STP has been working on a new album, and Bennington was asked how it compares to his debut with the band, the 2013 EP High Rise. He explained, “I think it’s a lot different. I really don’t like talking about music that people aren’t hearing because it’s hard to describe what the music sounds like, but it’s super energetic. The riffs are really cool and the playing has been really insane.”

The singer also said he’s recovering but “still pretty sore” from a leg injury he suffered onstage with his main band, Linkin Park, which led the band to cancel most of its North American tour.

He plans to be ready for April 8th, when Stone Temple Pilots kicks off a U.S. tour in Seattle.