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Guitarist Dean DeLeo Says Stone Temple Pilots with Chester Bennington Has "10 or 12 Ideas" Ready for Next Release

Image courtesy of Chapman Baehler (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of Chapman Baehler (via ABC News Radio)

Stone Temple Pilots with Chester Bennington ’s High Rise EP may have had only five cuts on it, but guitarist Dean DeLeo says the guys have plenty of ideas ready for their next release. “When the session for the High Rise album was moving along, we put together just pretty rough ideas,” he tells ABC News Radio. “We put together like 10 or 12 ideas that are maybe like 70 percent there. So it’s just about going [in the studio] and honing them in.”

DeLeo adds while everyone brought some ideas for tracks to the table, new frontman Chester Bennington was especially inspired during their recording sessions for High Rise . “The hardest thing about the session was trying to wrangle him in,” he explains. “The guy was just bursting with ideas.  After we established the four songs we wanted to record, he would just continually just bring in like two or three new ideas every day.”

The guitarist says he’s impressed by Bennington’s commitment to the group, noting the singer’s always up for working on new cuts for STP, even when he’s out on the road with Linkin Park . “He blows my mind that guy, he’s just like, ‘That’s ok, just send me stuff I can record it out on the road,’” reveals DeLeo. “He really is a pretty focused, amazing individual. He just has like real beauty, real courage and he doesn’t allow much to stand in his way.”

You can witness Stone Temple Pilots with Chester Bennington’s chemistry for yourself when the guys stream a free webcast of their concert at the Hard Rock Live in Biloxi, Mississippi on Friday night. You can join the audience online for the concert by reserving your free online ticket at EVNTLIVE.com .  The show begins at 8:00 p.m. CT.  Following the live event, the show will be available for viewing the next day at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. CT.

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