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Stone Temple Pilots Rock Out at MusiCares Event; Chester Bennington Lays Out STP’s Future Plans

Linkin Park‘s Chester Bennington was the honoree at the MusiCares MAP Fund benefit Thursday night (May 30) in Los Angeles, but it was his new association with Stone Temple Pilots that was grabbing the headlines.

Bennington was recently named as the new vocalist for the band that ousted Scott Weiland earlier this year, and they used the benefit as yet another coming out party for the new lineup. Speaking with Rolling Stone at the event, Bennington also revealed a few more details about the band’s music release plans moving forward.

“We don’t have a label,” the singer said. “Everything we’re doing is on our own, so we’re just taking it one track at a time. We would love to sit down and hammer out a record, but the reality is we’re gonna make music, we’re gonna make a lot of it, and we’re gonna be in a position to release a single at a time, go out and really give people music the way they want to get it. It is a good position to be in, and for us, all we care about is going out, making the legacy as great as it needs to be, as great as people expect it to be, and coming out with new music that lives up to that standard.”

As for where he fits in the band, Bennington added, “When you get together and put a new piece in, there’s a whole different energy. For us the creative juices have just been flowing — we’ve been writing, we have tons of great ideas. Next week we’re going back in the studio and hammering out some more music.”

So far, fans have heard the track ‘Out of Time,’ which is quickly rising up the charts. The band performed the song, along with ‘Wicked Garden,’ ‘Big Bang Baby,’ ‘Vasoline’ and ‘Trippin’ on a Hole in a Paper Heart’ at the benefit. They concluded the evening with the much buzzed about collaboration with Slash and Duff McKagan joining in on a rousing rendition of Mott the Hoople‘s ‘All the Young Dudes.’ Fan-shot footage of the performance can be seen above.

Bennington was also the night’s big honoree, receiving the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award at the ceremony. He stated of his acceptance of the MusiCares award and invite, “The reason why I come and do the things I do for MusiCares is it’s a program that helps people that really need the help. They go out and change people’s lives, and they give them the support that they need. And if they had asked me to show up and just play the first song by myself like I did a couple of years ago, I would’ve done the same thing, and it wouldn’t have mattered about the award or whatever.”

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