Chester Bennington has been vocal about helping recovering addicts, which is pretty darn noble and wonderful. Last week, he received the Stevie Ray Vaughan award from the MusiCares organization.
Via Rolling Stone:
"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," he said. "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."
He also spoke of his new found time with Stone Temple Pilots:
"We don't have a label," he 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," he said. "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."
So...there probably won't be a new Stone Temple Pilots album for awhile. Maybe releasing individual tracks will help woo some Scott Weiland fans back to the band. Especially since Scott Weiland recently released this letter:
A letter to my fans,
Like everybody else out there, I read about my band, Stone Temple Pilots, and their recent performance this past weekend with a new singer. To tell you the truth, it took me by surprise. And it hurt.
But the band that played last weekend was not Stone Temple Pilots and it was wrong of them to present themselves as that.
First of all they don't have the legal right to call themselves STP because I'm still a member of the band. And more importantly, they don't have the ethical right to call themselves Stone Temple Pilots because it's misleading and dishonest to the millions of fans that have followed us for so many years.
When I tour on my own, it's never as Stone Temple Pilots. It's as Scott Weiland. The fans deserve to know what they're getting.
Aye ya. Remember when Scott was in Velvet Revolver? Um, until they also kicked him out? I think he was replaced in that, too. Hm.
Here, enjoy something from Scott's Christmas album! he does have a Christmasy voice.