|Posted by Anna H. on January 4, 2014 at 2:50 AM|
How's it going my gumdrops? I just finished reading both Chester Bennington from Linkin Park and Scott Weiland from Stone Temple Pilots' biographies. Those 2 have more in common with each other than I think most people realize.
Chester and Scott have pasts with drug abuse and being victims of sexual abuse. In addition to coping with drug and sexual abuse, they have both performed and released albums with Stone Temple Pilots.
Speaking of Stone Temple Pilots, the band has been feuding with Scott Weiland for years. In 2012, The DeLeo Brothers in STP claimed, that he no longer has the same vocal range and versality like he used to have. They also claimed, that Scott badly performed their old songs, during rehearsals.
Scott Weiland and Stone Temple Pilots were supposed to celebrate the band's 20th anniversary, 2 years ago.
They fired Scott, after he said he would be performing their songs on his solo tour.
Then, The DeLeo Brothers accused Scott of "taking money away from the band and essentially touring under the promotion of the STP brand."
Last year, adding insult to injury, Stone Temple Pilots not only fired Scott Weiland as their vocalist, but also replaced him with Chester Bennington from Linkin Park. Talk about a joke and a major slap in the face! Scott Weiland resents the fact, that The DeLeo Brothers replaced him and want possession of STP songs, that he wrote.
Scott Weiland's the main reason why they are famous.
Speaking as an Old School Stone Temple Pilots fan, I believe The DeLeo Brothers are jealous, money hungry, and downright sickening as musicians. Sure, Scott has major drug problems. Who doesn't in the entertainment industry?
I'm not condoning drug abuse. However, if it weren't for Scott Weiland, STP wouldn't be famous today. I remember in 1997, 3/4 Stone Temple Pilots had a side "project" called, Talk Show.
Listening to Talk Show was like listening to an embarrassing version of STP.
I noticed Talk Show didn't last very long because Scott Weiland wasn't the vocalist. I have most of Stone Temple Pilots' albums from Core to No.4. I did NOT buy their 5th album, that released in 2001 because it was pretty bad.
I believe Scott Weiland's drug problems hurt the album and the band. Therefore, they should've stayed disbanded all these years instead of trying to chase a dollar. If The DeLeo Brothers wanted to make Chester Bennington their next lead singer, they should've started another band.
No disrespect to Chester Bennington, but he does NOT fit Stone Temple Pilots. I know being Stone Temple Pilots' next vocalist is a dream come true for him, since he was a Stone Temple Pilots fan himself. On the other hand, Chester Bennington cannot replace Scott Weiland.
It's not that Chester lacks singing ability, however he's been pigeonholed as "Chester Bennington from Linkin Park." Linkin Park is from a different era of Rock Music than Stone Temple Pilots. Stone Temple Pilots was a Grunge/Alternative Rock band from the '90s, whereas Linkin Park is a Rap Rock/Electronic Rock/Alternative Metal band from 2000. Those are 2 completely different eras and a generational gap, which Chester cannot fill.
Scott Weiland is old enough to be his big brother. This is not including, that Chester Bennington is very stiff, gawky-looking, and sounds very young compared to Scott being very hyperactive, flamboyant yet masculine and mature-sounding.
Whenever I see Chester Bennington performing with Stone Temple Pilots, while trying to immitate Scott Weiland's mannerisms, I automatically imagine Steve Smith from American Dad.
As I said earlier, Chester Bennington is NOT a bad singer. He's just incompatible with STP and there is a generational gap between the Stone Temple Pilots and Linkin Park fanbases. Chester may have won over some STP fans, but he's not necessarily going to win over the majority.
I don't hate him at all because I do like some Linkin Park songs. Although, I am a much bigger fan of Old School STP with Scott Weiland than New School STP with Chester Bennington.
With that being said, I have 2 Stone Temple Pilots songs for this Song Saturday. Scott Weiland accoustically performing "Creep" with STP in 1993 and Chester Bennington covering "Big Empty" a few months ago with them.
Scott Weiland VS
Linkin Park's Chester Bennington
Categories: Song Saturday