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Linkin Park: game for it

Linkin Park have been locked in the studio working on a new studio album, and it looks like it’s packing a few surprises.

The band announced earlier this year that they were getting cracking on the follow-up to 2012′s Living Things, with Mike Shinoda recently suggesting that we might see it surface by the time they rock up to Download in June.

Now guitarist Brad Delson says that shred-happy LP warriors (erm, are there any of those?) will be very satisfied with the way the new opus is turning out.

“There’s a lot of guitar solos on the album!” he tells Music Radar. “And this is from someone who was quoted early on as saying I hated them. Not that I hated them as a listener; I just don’t want to play any; I shirked guitar solos. Early on, I felt as though the songs we were making aesthetically didn’t want them. This new batch of songs, to me, always want solos. I feel like every song has one.”

Brad also explained why the band decided to drop a new single so soon after announcing that they were in the studio, noting: “We wanted to get music out sooner than later. The timing just felt right with this song. We finished two songs relatively early in the process, and Guilty All The Same seems to inform the spirit of the record. For us, it’s the perfect lead offering to set the tone for the album as a whole.”

Expect that album to land around summer time. In the mean time, catch the rock heavyweights playing their seminal Hybrid Theory debut in full at Download in June.

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Dave Williams of Australia’s Triple M radio station recently conducted an interview with STONE TEMPLE PILOTS guitarist Dean DeLeo. You can now listen to the chat using the SoundCloud widget below.

STONE TEMPLE PILOTS will release a new five-song EP called “High Rise” on October 8. The disc will be the second release featuring LINKIN PARK singer Chester Bennington following current single “Out Of Time”, which emerged last spring and went to No. 1 on the rock chart.

STP fired Scott Weiland in February after reuniting with him in 2010 for a series of tours and one self-titled album. The band had previously been on hiatus since 2002, primarily due to the singer’s struggles with drugs and alcohol.

The group sued Weiland in May, accusing him of using the band’s name to advance his solo career, while claiming that his poor performances, late arrivals, and addiction struggles harmed the band’s career.

Weiland has countersued, claiming that the band cannot use the STONE TEMPLE PILOTS name without him.

Interview (audio):

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Earlier this week, Tom Mann of Australia’s Faster Louder conducted an interview with STONE TEMPLE PILOTS bassist Robert DeLeo. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

On the band’s split with lead singer Scott Weiland:

“It was plain to see nothing was going to get done anymore with these four members of STP. Nothing was going to get done. It was very clear from Scott‘s side of things, he doesn’t want to make music with us anymore. He didn’t want to tour anymore … I don’t think Scott really is into playing rock and roll music, and being in a rock and roll band, and being around us in particular. As friends or business partners. And it’s really sad, it’s sad to see.”

“It wasn’t an overnight thing [to fire Scott]; it was building for many, many years and I just think that we tried to do everything we could. We had a lot of great years with Scott, and I feel thankful we complemented each other’s lives immensely through the years. But friends don’t treat friends like that. I think Dean [DeLeo, guitar] and Eric [Kretz, drums] and myself just got tired of being treated that way. I got really tired of being treated that way.”

On working with LINKIN PARK‘s Chester Bennington in the new version of STONE TEMPLE PILOTS:

“It’s been great. It’s been a huge breath of fresh air, a lot more sanity, a lot more reasoning, and patience. Having a ‘stable’ singer, it’s new. It’s a very new feeling, and I don’t quite think Dean and Eric and I are used to it yet; it’s kind of surprising. Things are running very smoothly, it’s interesting because what I notice is I actually have a lot more energy onstage, because my day doesn’t involve wondering what’s going to happen that day.”

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Kristyn Clarke of PopCultureMadness.com conducted an interview with STONE TEMPLE PILOTS drummer Eric Kretz on September 7 at the House of Blues in Atlantic City, New Jersey. You can now watch the chat below.

STONE TEMPLE PILOTS will release a new five-song EP called “High Rise” on October 8. The disc will be the second release featuring LINKIN PARK singer Chester Bennington following current single “Out Of Time”, which emerged last spring and went to No. 1 on the rock chart.

STP fired Scott Weiland in February after reuniting with him in 2010 for a series of tours and one self-titled album. The band had previously been on hiatus since 2002, primarily due to the singer’s struggles with drugs and alcohol.

The group sued Weiland in May, accusing him of using the band’s name to advance his solo career, while claiming that his poor performances, late arrivals, and addiction struggles harmed the band’s career.

Weiland has countersued, claiming that the band cannot use the STONE TEMPLE PILOTS name without him.

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“Rock music needs to take chances and innovate,” says Linkin Park singer in an intriguing article he wrote.

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STONE TEMPLE PILOTS members Chester Bennington and Dean DeLeo spoke to Artisan News about the pressure of replacing the band’s original lead singer, Scott Weiland, and plans to make new music with the LINKIN PARK frontman. Check out the report below.

STONE TEMPLE PILOTS will release a new five-song EP called “High Rise” on October 8. The disc will be the second release featuring Bennington following current single “Out Of Time”, which emerged last spring and went to No. 1 on the rock chart.

STP fired Scott Weiland in February after reuniting with him in 2010 for a series of tours and one self-titled album. The band had previously been on hiatus since 2002, primarily due to the singer’s struggles with drugs and alcohol.

The group sued Weiland in May, accusing him of using the band’s name to advance his solo career, while claiming that his poor performances, late arrivals, and addiction struggles harmed the band’s career.

Weiland has countersued, claiming that the band cannot use the STONE TEMPLE PILOTS name without him.

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Atlantic City Insiders recently conducted an interview with STONE TEMPLE PILOTS bass player Robert DeLeo. You can now listen to the chat in the YouTube clip below.

STONE TEMPLE PILOTS will release a new five-song EP called “High Rise” on October 8. The disc will be the second release featuring LINKIN PARK singer Chester Bennington following current single “Out Of Time”, which emerged last spring and went to No. 1 on the rock chart.

STP fired Scott Weiland in February after reuniting with him in 2010 for a series of tours and one self-titled album. The band had previously been on hiatus since 2002, primarily due to the singer’s struggles with drugs and alcohol.

The group sued Weiland in May, accusing him of using the band’s name to advance his solo career, while claiming that his poor performances, late arrivals, and addiction struggles harmed the band’s career.

Weiland has countersued, claiming that the band cannot use the STONE TEMPLE PILOTS name without him.

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STONE TEMPLE PILOTS bassist Robert DeLeo recently spoke to The Star-Ledger about the band’s split with vocalist Scott Weiland and addition of LINKIN PARK‘s Chester Bennington.

“[Chester has] made it clear that he grew up on our music,” said DeLeo. “He knows it well. But the thing that sold me was that he told us that the only way he’d ever want to do this is if we honor the past and move forward in a creative direction. That’s what we wanted, too.”

He continued: “It feels good to be productive again, and have someone who is focused. Our goal remains the same: We want to go out and play some loud, good rock ‘n’ roll.”

According to Robert, STONE TEMPLE PILOTS‘ decision to fire Weiland was made as a last resort once it became clear the DeLeos (Robert and guitarist brother Dean) and drummer Eric Kretz had no choice but to move on.

“We had to do what we had to do,” said DeLeo. “Believe me, it wasn’t something we enjoyed doing. We had a lot of great years with Scott, and we made amazing music together. But somewhere along the line, the vision was lost.

“There’s a book in there — a really good book. It was a difficult decision, and we wish Scott the best.”

DeLeo also revealed that STONE TEMPLE PILOTS‘ 2010 self-titled album was recorded under less-than-ideal circumstances, with internal divisions and geographical difficulties making it hard for the band to recapture their initial energy and drive.

“Guitar rock never went out of style for me, ever,” he said. “I’m just trying to carry the torch from the great bands I learned from. Hopefully, younger bands will take the torch from us. It all comes around.”

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On Septemebr 4, TheRockRevival.com‘s Matt Bishop conducted an interview with STONE TEMPLE PILOTS bassist Robert DeLeo at the first stop of the band’s new tour in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. You can now watch the chat below.

STONE TEMPLE PILOTS will release a new five-song EP called “High Rise” on October 8. The disc will be the second release featuring LINKIN PARK singer Chester Bennington following current single “Out Of Time”, which emerged last spring and went to No. 1 on the rock chart.

STP fired Scott Weiland in February after reuniting with him in 2010 for a series of tours and one self-titled album. The band had previously been on hiatus since 2002, primarily due to the singer’s struggles with drugs and alcohol.

The group sued Weiland in May, accusing him of using the band’s name to advance his solo career, while claiming that his poor performances, late arrivals, and addiction struggles harmed the band’s career.

Weiland has countersued, claiming that the band cannot use the STONE TEMPLE PILOTS name without him.

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KLAQ‘s Lisa Sanchez conducted an interview with AVENGED SEVENFOLD‘s Johnny Christ on August 30 at Revolt On The Rio Grande in Albuquerque, New Mexico. You can now watch the chat below.

AVENGED SEVENFOLD‘s new album, “Hail To The King”, sold 159,000 copies in the United States its first week of release. The disc beat out strong new entries from rappers Big Sean and Juicy J to hold on to the top spot and give the California band their second straight chart-topper after 2010’s “Nightmare”, which moved 163,000 copies to hit the top spot upon its arrival.

The title track from “Hail To The King” spent four straight weeks at the top of Billboard‘s Active Rock radio airplay chart.

According to The Pulse Of Radio, AVENGED SEVENFOLD‘s opening is also the largest week for a hard rock album in over a year. The last to sell more in a week was LINKIN PARK‘s “Living Things”, which debuted at No. 1 with 223,000 copies sold in July 2012.

Next up for AVENGED SEVENFOLD is its first major tour in support of the new CD, which starts October 3 in Chicago.

The tour will conclude on October 26 in Las Vegas. Support on the road trip will come from DEFTONES and GHOST.

AVENGED SEVENFOLD celebrated the release of the new album last month with a free show at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles.

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