Bennington fronted the band for a California show last night (March 26)
The event, which took place at the Norris Theater in Rancho Palos Verdes, California was entitled ‘From Bach To Rock’, and aimed to raise funds for local schools.
Bennington replaced the late Scott Weiland – who was fired by the band in 2013 – but departed to focus on Linkin Park and his family in November, with Stone Temple Pilots launching an open audition to find his replacement.
The band are yet to announce a new frontman, and said at the time of the audition launch that they were “looking to be moved by someone.”
See footage of Bennington’s single-show return, below, via YouTube:
The band’s earlier and founding frontman Scott Weiland passed away in December, and Bennington has ruled out a more permanent return.
In an interview with Rolling Stone, guitarist Dean DeLeo explained a little about the recruitment process, as well as talking about Weiland and Bennington.
He said “We kind of came to the realization a while back that the situation with Chester was not really allowing us to do all that we would have liked to have been doing. His involvement with Linkin Park and, of course, his family limited the time that we had with him.
“We’ve played with a lot of singers over the last several months, and we felt that we’d be doing ourselves — meaning Robert, Eric and I — a disservice if we didn’t allow all the talent that is out there to become a part of this. So, good or bad, we opened the floodgates.”
As for the person they’re looking for, DeLeo said “we’ll know when it’s the right person before they’ll even open their mouth, just when they walk into the room. We’re looking to be moved by somebody.”