Bennington reflected on joining Stone Temple Pilots, stating, "Every band has its own kind of vibe.
Stone Temple Pilots has this sexier, more classic rock feel to it.
He worked on new material with Stone Temple Pilots in 2013 to release the EP High Rise on October 8, 2013 via their own record label, Play Pen.
Bennington has been ranked in the Top 100 Heavy Metal Vocalists by Hit Parader (No. Bennington first began singing with a band called Sean Dowdell and His Friends? They released an eponymous three-track cassette in 1993.
Linkin Park is a very modern, very tech-heavy type of band. When this opportunity came up, it was just like a no-brainer." Bennington stated in interviews that singing lead vocals in Stone Temple Pilots was his lifelong dream.