STONE TEMPLE PILOTS have canceled their previously announced participation in the Soundwave festival in Australia, which is scheduled to kick off on February 22 in Brisbane. According to a posting on the Soundwave web site, "The recording of the new [STONE TEMPLE PILOTS] album has now gone beyond schedule and, sadly, the availability of the recording studio, engineers and the producer or lack thereof dictates that the band have had to cancel their upcoming engagements."
"High Rise", the latest EP from STONE TEMPLE PILOTS, sold 12,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 24 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD arrived in stores on October 8, 2013 via Play Pen/ADA.
"High Rise" is STONE TEMPLE PILOTS' first new disc with singer Chester Bennington, who replaced original frontman Scott Weiland last year. Although the EP contains just five songs, Bennington told The Pulse Of Radio that coming up with music together was not a problem. "After our very first initial kind of let's sit down, you know, officially kind of shake hands and say we're doing this, I think by the time we got home, we were already like coming up with ideas," he said. "Within a couple of days we had nine or 10 demos that we were kicking around and I knew the second that I got the memo from Robert [DeLeo, bass], he was playing 'Out Of Time', the main riff, and it was like, I mean melodies just started coming."
"Out Of Time" was released last summer and vaulted to the top of the Active Rock radio chart.
Other tracks on the new disc include "Black Heart", "Cry, Cry" and "Tomorrow".
STP fired Weiland in February 2013, claiming that his own solo activities and erratic behavior were detrimental to the band.
The group later sued Weiland, with the singer firing off a countersuit and claiming that they could not use the band name without his involvement.
STONE TEMPLE PILOTS last fall completed its first North American tour with Bennington on the mic. In the meantime, Bennington returned to the studio with his main act, LINKIN PARK.