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Scott Weiland Reveals His Feelings About Chester Bennington in Stone Temple Pilots

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Scott Weiland was booted from Stone Temple Pilots last year, with Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington appointed as his high profile replacement. The two singers were friends for years, so it begs the question: How does Weiland really and truly feel about Bennington nabbing his old job? Are there hard feelings? Any bitterness? 

In short, no conflict at all. From the sounds of it, Weiland is more miffed at the DeLeo brothers, his former partners-in-STP-crime for the past two decades.

The band has always dealt with internal tensions and Weiland isn’t blaming Bennington for guitarist Dean DeLeo and bassist Robert DeLeo’s strategic move to recruit him as the new singer.

Weiland told The Pulse of Radio (excerpted by Blabbermouth), “Yeah, I mean, I’ve known Chester for a long time. I got to be pretty close with him on the Family Values tour. I don’t think Chester did it in a spiteful way. The brothers DeLeo, they can be pretty persuasive.”

There you have it. Weiland isn’t beefing with Bennington. The Bros. DeLeo? That’s probably a whole other ball of wax, even though Dean DeLeo wished Weiland the best recently.

Stone Temple Pilots with Bennington at the vocal helm will tour this fall and release an EP on their own label, while Weiland has been touring with his band the Wildabouts.

Next: See the Chester Bennington-Fronted STP Do a Good Thing

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