Bassist Robert DeLeo Reveals Reason STP Chose Chester Bennington to Be New Frontman
Stone Temple Pilots feels that their new lead singer, Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington, was the perfect choice to replace their founding frontman, Scott Weiland. Bassist Robert DeLeo says he knew Bennington was right for the job because of his dedication to STP's musical legacy.
"He’s made it clear that he grew up on our music," DeLeo tells the Newark, NJ Star-Ledger. “But the thing that sold me was that he told us that the only way he’d ever want to do this is if we honor the past and move forward in a creative direction. That’s what we wanted, too.”
DeLeo adds while parting ways with Weiland was difficult, it was necessary in order for the group to move forward. "We had a lot of great years with Scott, and we made amazing music together,” he explains. “But somewhere along the line, the vision was lost. We wish Scott the best."
The band, which has now officially changed its name to Stone Temple Pilots with Chester Bennington, is set to release its debut EP, High Rise, on October 8.
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Beastie Boys Get Mixed Ruling in Copyright Lawsuit
It was a mixed ruling for the Beastie Boys in court on Tuesday as a federal judge allowed two of six copyright infringement claims against the Beasties to move forward, while dismissing four others.
The suit involves six samples of songs by '80s go-go band Trouble Funk used on various tracks on the Beasties' 1986 long-playing debut License to Ill and their 1989 classic Paul's Boutique. Lawyers for the Beasties had been seeking to have all the claims by TufAmerica, which holds the copyright on the Trouble Funk material, dismissed.
But a federal district court judge in New York found enough merit in two of the claims to allow those to proceed. The two in question involve the Beastie's sample of the title phrase of Trouble Funk's "Say What" in their track "Shadrack" and the Beastie's use of a three-second "distinctive orchestral sequence" from Trouble Funk's "Let's Get Small" in the Beastie's track "Hold It Now Hit It." TufAmerica's suit over those samples can now move forward.
In the other instances, the court concluded that the given Trouble Funk samples were not of sufficient quantitative or qualitative significance to the original song to "plausibly give rise to an entitlement to relief" for copyright infringement.
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Ex-GN' R Drummer Matt Sorum to Perform “Introspective” Solo Songs at Benefit Concert in LA on Sunday
Matt Sorum has announced he’ll be unveiling some new songs from his upcoming solo album at the Peace Through Music Gala benefit concert in Los Angeles on Sunday. The former Guns N’ Roses drummer says that he’s looking forward to playing the new material, which sounds different from anything else he’s ever made.
"It's much more introspective than my usual heavy rock stuff," he tells Rolling Stone. It's more of a singer-songwriter thing. I play acoustic guitar, and it's a little mellower kind of album."
Sorum adds the upcoming solo album was inspired by the major changes he’s gone through over the last several years. "I've been sober about six years now and my life's just changing,” he explains. “I'm getting married, getting a little older, and I just started feeling different -- not being so self-absorbed in the rock and roll world. I changed quite a bit, for the better, I think."
While a title and official release date for the album has yet to be announced, it is expected to arrive in January. The upcoming record is the follow-up to 2004′s Hollywood Zen, which featured Sorum’s Guns N’ Roses/Velvet Revolver band mates Slash and Duff McKagan.
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Halestorm Reveals Release Date, Track List for Second Covers EP
Halestorm has unveiled full details of their upcoming second EP of covers, ReAniMate 2.0: The CoVeRs eP.
The forthcoming release will feature six tracks, including cover versions of classic cuts byJudas Priest, AC/DC and Marilyn Manson. It also boasts interpretations of hits by Pat Benatar, Fleetwood Mac and Daft Punk.
"Like our first ReAniMate EP, the songs included here are a collection of both our favorite songs and songs to challenge ourselves," says frontwoman Lzzy Hale in a statement. "We decided to go more 'bare bones' with this EP, meaning minimal production with live, gritty performances. We hope all our fans have as much fun with ReAniMate: 2.0 as we did!" ReAniMate 2.0: The CoVeRs eP will arrive at all the usual outlets on October 15. Here’s the track list:
“Dissident Aggressor” (Originally performed by Judas Priest)
“Get Lucky” (Originally performed by Daft Punk)
“Shoot to Thrill” (Originally performed by AC/DC)
“Hell is for Children” (Originally performed by Pat Benatar)
“Gold Dust Woman” (Originally performed by Fleetwood Mac)
“1996” (Originally performed by Marilyn Manson)