In a joint statement posted to STP's website, Bennington, who had been pulling STP and Linkin Park double duty since 2013, writes that time constraints have forced him to depart from the long-running alt-rock group. "With the amount of time STP deserves, in addition to being in Linkin Park, and with the needs of my family, one of them always seems to fall short," the 39-year-old singer writes. "Going in to this, the four of us… Robert, Eric, Dean and myself knew what we were up against. We decided in due fairness to friends, fans and the legacy of STP that it needs more than time was allowing me. And in all fairness to my bandmates in Linkin Park, as well as to myself and to my family, I’m going to focus solely on Linkin Park so I can contribute 100%."
Meanwhile, the remaining Stone Temple Pilots members -- Robert DeLeo, Eric Kretz and Dean DeLeo -- issued a statement thanking Bennington and looking forward to a future with new vocalist(s). "We have thoroughly enjoyed our time together with Chester not only professionally, but even more so on a personal level," the band writes. "Sadly, it was evident that scheduling and time was working against us. Within this, there is a new beginning. There is an abundance of new music written, some of which is already recorded. We have had the fortune of playing with some very talented singers over the last few months and will continue to do so until each of us feels and knows when the right person arrives."
Bennington played his first show with Stone Temple Pilots in May 2013, three months after Weiland and the group officially split for good. With Bennington leading the way, STP embarked on multiple tours and released one EP, High Rise, in October 2013.
Fans of the rock group will have the opportunity to watch the remaining members jam with a new singer tonight: On Monday's episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live!, STP and Joss Stone are scheduled to perform as 'Joss Stone Temple Pilots,' for the show's weekly Mashup Mondays segment.