Stone Temple Pilots recently revealed the addition of vocalist Chester Bennington of Linkin Park to replace former singer Scott Weiland, who the band fired back in February.

STP performed at the 9th annual MusiCares MAP fund benefit concert at Club Nokia in Los Angeles last week and were joined on stage by two other musicians who have a history with Scott Weiland, Slash and Duff McKagan.  Weiland, Slash and Duff were bandmates in Velvet Revolver from 2002 to 2008 when Weiland left the band to rejoin STP.   Velvet Revolver is still on hiatus while looking for Weiland's replacement, though we've probably seen the last of them since Slash is enjoying a good amount of success with Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators.

The benefit show last week was the second public appearance of STP with Bennington.  The band performed a six-song set including this cover of "All The Young Dudes" in which they were joined by Slash and Duff.  "All The Young Dudes" was written by David Bowie and released as a single by Mott the Hoople in 1972.

Meanwhile, Weiland is not happy with the remaining members of STP.  When asked recently about the current relationship between himself and STP, he said this...

"I don't really think about it a lot.  I think about how disrespectful they are, sometimes, in between a sip of coffee and a hit of my cigarette.  I think about how selfish they are and how much it blows me away that after two times of trying this, they still think they have any opportunity of doing it without me.  And it's not me saying that I'm the greatest because you know what?  I'm not.  But as far as this band goes, the vision, the artistic direction of the band, and trying to keep them from sounding like Rush, I'm sorry, I have to be totally honest, it was me.  I'm guilty.  I kept them from doing it.  That's all I've got to say."


Weiland is currently touring with his band, the Wildabouts on the Purple to the Core Tour, playing songs from STP's first two albums, Core and Purple.  For more info on that tour and to read an open letter to the fans written by Scott Weiland, CLICK HERE.