With the announcement in 2013 that Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington would be taking over lead vocals for the Stone Temple Pilots, any disappointment over the departure of longtime STP frontman Scott Weiland quickly turned to anticipation for the band’s new incarnation. STP are icons of ‘90s alternative rock; Bennington pioneered the rise of rap rock with Linkin Park in the 2000’’s – the 2013 announcement of Stone Temple Pilots with Chester Bennington rocked the music world and aroused high hopes among fans for this promising marriage of musical forces. The band lost no time, releasing High Rise, their first EP with Bennington, in October 2013 to positive reviews and a Top 40 spot on the Billboard 200. Singles like “Black Heart” and “Out of Time” featured STP’s catchy riffs and melodies, earning praise for retaining the band’s signature sound while exploring poppier territory with the addition of Bennington’s polished vocals. Before the departure of Weiland, STP rose to international success in the ‘90s with a series now-classic alternative rock albums including Core in 1992 and the chart-topping Purple in 1994. On tour in 2013, Stone Temple Pilots with Chester Bennington have been impressing ticket buyers with their renditions of classic STP hits like “Plush,” “Vaseline,” and “Big Empty,” building anticipation for their upcoming live concerts in 2014.