Stone Temple Pilots’ Robert DeLeo Compares Scott Weiland To Chester Bennington


Stone Temple Pilots guitarist Dean DeLeo shared his feelings and ideas about their late former singers, Scott Weiland and Chester Bennington, during his latest appearance on At Home and Social. He compared the band’s two eras while revealing some details about them.

The pioneer grunge band Stone Temple Pilots’ original lineup included singer Scott Weiland, guitarist Dean DeLeo, bassist Robert DeLeo, drummer Eric Kretz, and surprisingly it never changed until 2013. It’s a rare situation in the rock music industry because of constant competition, creative differences between members, and striving to determine the band’s musical direction. The band’s first crisis caused their unexpected break up in 2003, but they decided to reunite five years later.

Their fans got very excited about this long-awaited reunion, and the band’s self-titled sixth studio album was released on May 21, 2010. However, the tensions between Scott Weiland and the other Stone Temple Pilots members arose when the band was preparing the 20th anniversary of the debut studio album ‘Core.’ Then, the STP members fired Weiland due to damaging the band’s reputation.

The two sides filed lawsuits against each other; the band’s reason was the lead singer breaching the contract and sabotaging them; on the other hand, Weiland didn’t want the remaining members to keep the STP name after him. Then, Stone Temple Pilots recruited Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington who was greatly inspired by the band at the beginning of his career, to replace him. In his interview, DeLeo talked about the Weiland and Bennington eras.

The guitarist highlighted that their time with Weiland was full of excitement, especially when they recorded and released their first studio album. DeLeo defined the record as a fantastic feeling even though they didn’t know the reactions of the rock music lovers. He went on with Bennington, saying that they had lots of fun with him, but it was all different because he was their huge fan. DeLeo added that he has missed them so much.

DeLeo said the following about starting their career with Scott:

“It was one of the most exciting times of my life, of all our lives. When you go and make your first record, you don’t know what it’s going to do and how people are going to react to it. But we knew how we felt and how it made us feel, and the excitement of that first record, ‘Core,’ was amazing. Amazing feeling. We were all on the same page.”

As for their collaboration with Bennington, Robert DeLeo said the following:

“I really miss Chester also. That was a lot of the fun, and it was something that he grew up listening to our music, and he was excited about just doing it. It was just something that was fun for all of us, and he was just a great person to be around all the time too. I miss him.”

You can watch the interview below.