STP announced in February that they’d “terminated” Weiland’s contract. But since then, he’s been insisting both that he wasn’t fired and that he can’t be fired, arguing: “I started the band. There’s certain clauses in place that keep that from happening.”
The band unveiled their current lineup and their latest song at LA radio station KROQ’s annual weenie roast over the weekend, taking the crowd by surprise. Bennington later said: “I’ve loved STP since I was 13 years old. When the opportunity came up to so something creative with them I jumped at the chance. The guys in Linkin Park have been incredibly supportive of me undertaking this project while I’ve continued to work on new music with LP.”
Guitarist Dean DeLeo added: “We know Linkin Park will always be his priority, but we thought it would be cool to try something together. We managed to find the time to record a song and we’re all really happy with the result.”
It’s not clear whether the band plan any further activity together.
Meanwhile, Velvet Revolver guitarist Slash recently reported the band haven’t given up on finding a replacement for Weiland after firing him in 2008. “We’ve been very quietly been looking for somebody who’s right for that band,” he said. Slash was first to publicly discuss Weiland’s departure from STP.