Stone Temple Pilots Cancel Shows to Focus on Upcoming Album

By Chris Atticus | Thursday, January 30, 2014

Stone Temple Pilots with Chester Bennington

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Stone Temple Pilots have kept a low profile since completing their first full tour with Chester Bennington on the mic last fall, but now word comes via Loudwire that the band has been busy recording a new album. Organizers for Australia's Soundwave Festival, which kicks off its run through that country and New Zealand next month, have revealed that STP has dropped off the bill to concentrate on getting its new studio effort finished.

The message said, "Stone Temple Pilots regretfully cancel all upcoming shows. The recording of the new album has now gone beyond schedule and sadly the availability of the recording studio, engineers and the producer or lack thereof dictates that the band have had to cancel their upcoming engagements."

  • STP's first foray into the studio with Bennington, an EP called High Rise, came out last October and yielded the Number One single "Out Of Time."
  • Plans to record a new full-length disc, however, were put on hold late last year so that Bennington could work on a new album with his main band, Linkin Park.
  • Bassist Robert DeLeo told us that STP has used the time constructively when Bennington is not around:"His main concern definitely is Linkin Park and, you know, when he's busy with them, it offers Dean (DeLeo, guitar) and Eric (Kretz, drums) and myself some time to really get some new music together. And when he's available, that's when we work, man, and we make the best of that time."
  • Bennington joined STP last spring after the band fired original singer Scott Weiland.
  • STP and Weiland have launched lawsuits against each other, although the results of both legal actions are pending.