Interview: Chester Bennington
Wed, 29 Apr 2015 09:44:54
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Chester Bennington reveals his favorite Stone Temple Pilots record, dishes Rock In Rio, and looks back at Linkin Park’s "Hybrid Theory."
Stone Temple Pilots are just wrapping up a highly successful North American headline tour and have recently announced a string of fall shows. Firing on all cylinders, Chester Bennington, Dean DeLeo, Robert DeLeo, and Eric Kretz delivered transcendent sets night after night rife with classics from Core, Purple, and Tiny Music...Songs from the Vatican Gift Shop as well as gems off of No. 4 and Shangri-La Dee Da, spanning everything from "The Big Empty" to "Coma." High Rise single "Out of Time" also felt right at home.
Right after packing venues with STP, Bennington and Linkin Park take over Rock In Rio USA in Las Vegas on May 9. We sat down with him for this exclusive interview about his favorite STP album, taking a look back at Linkin Park's mega-selling landmark Hybrid Theory, and a look ahead at Rock in Rio USA.
This isn't an easy one, but what's your favorite Stone Temple Pilots record?
You got me [Laughs]. It's tough. They all have their own meanings to me at different points in my life. If I had to pick one, I'd zero in on Purple. I feel like I probably come back to the songs on it more than any of the other Stone Temple Pilots album. Now, Core was my introduction. On this tour, we're doing some real classics from it. I've got to go with Purple. However, they’re all extremely important to me.
Have you felt a palpable evolution with the band on stage?
I have. I feel like we've really gotten into an incredible groove. These guys are just amazing, and we've got something special.
These days, what immediately pops into your head when you think of Hybrid Theory?
The fact that people are still talking about that album, and they're still interested in buying the record is incredible. It still sells like 2,000 copies a week! I don't think we've ever stopped selling 2,000 copies a week [Laughs]. It's crushing.
It's got to be special to look back on.
Oh yeah, I think it's amazing that we're still doing what we do, we're still able to music, and we're still able to be relevant and bring something new and fresh every time we make a record. That's something that's incredibly special. It really is like being in a new band every time we make an album. It's really fun. We're on our sixth album, and we're going in to make our seventh. I think we feel like we're just getting started.