The new version of Stone Temple Pilots featuring Linkin Park's Chester Bennington on lead vocals have announced that they will release an EP this fall, in conjunction with a North American tour that kicks off on September 4th in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania and winds down on September 27th in Las Vegas. The opening act on almost all the dates will be Filter. This will be the first major run of live dates, as well as the first official recording, since STP fired founding vocalist Scott Weiland earlier this year and recruited Bennington to take over.
STP will release the new EP through their own label. It will contain five songs, including the previously released "Out Of Time." Bassist Robert DeLeo told us how the EP came together: "When we tracked the song 'Out Of Time,' we also tracked a song of Dean's (DeLeo, guitarist) which we didn't have enough time to complete. But right now, we started recording last week. We actually have three new songs as well as the one we did not finish, and 'Out Of Time,' so it will be a total of five songs that we will be releasing as an EP come October."
STP fired 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.
Confirmed Stone Temple Pilots tour dates (subject to change):
September 4 - Bethlehem, PA -- Sands Bethlehem Events Center
September 6 - Sayreville, NJ -- Starland Ballroom
September 7 - Atlantic City, NJ -- House of Blues
September 9 - Boston, MA -- House of Blues
September 10 - Huntington, NY -- Paramount
September 13 - Oklahoma City, OK -- Downtown Airpark
September 14 - Newkirk, OK -- First Council Casino
September 17 - Sunrise, FL -- BB & T Center (Florida Panthers Event)
September 18 - Orlando, FL -- House of Blues
September 20 - Columbia, SC -- Township Auditorium
September 21 - Fort Myers, FL -- Shockwave Festival at Jet Blue Park
September 24 - Midland, TX -- La Hacienda Event Center
September 26 - Tempe, AZ -- Marquee
September 27 - Las Vegas, NV -- Freemont Street Experience
November 1 - Biloxi, MS -- Hard Rock Live