Stone Temple Pilots made a surprise appearance at KROQ's 21st Annual Weenie Roast Saturday night at in Irvine, California, with a new lead singer, Linkin Park's Chester Bennington.
Neither the band, nor Bennington, was introduced. Instead, they tore into "Vasoline" to begin an eight-song set that also included "Big Bang Baby," "Sex Type Thing," and "Interstate Love Song."
Mid-set, STP debuted "Out of Time," their first single with Bennington on vocals. They've posted a video teaser of the song, along with a link to download the full track, on their Facebook page and official website.
In the announcement noting Bennington's arrival, STP guitarist Dean DeLeo said: "Chester has a one-of-a-kind voice that we've admired for a long time. We know Linkin Park will always be his priority, but we thought it would be cool to try something together. We managed to find the time to record a song and we're all really happy with the result."
Bennington added, "I've loved STP since I was 13 years old and they've had a huge influence on me. When the opportunity came up to do something creative with them, I jumped at the chance. The guys in Linkin Park have been incredibly supportive of me undertaking this project while I've continued to work on new music with LP."
The news may come to a shock to Scott Weiland, the now-former STP frontman who was "terminated" from the band in February, but claimed it couldn't go on without him.
The reconstituted STP was also set to play another radio show Sunday night in San Francisco and May 30th in Los Angeles at the MusiCares MAP Fund Benefit Concert honoring Bennington and skateboard legend Tony Alva.