Linkin Park star Mike Shinoda has denied reports suggesting he and his bandmates tipped police off to Sublime With Rome's drug use backstage at a festival in Arizona. SWR frontman Rome Ramirez accused the rockers of calling police when the two bands shared the stage at a recent radio festival in Tucson.
The authorities raided the group's backstage area and confiscated Sublime's pot stash while they were performing.
But Shinoda insists he and his bandmates didn't snitch.
Appearing on The Jason Ellis Show on SiriusXM satellite radio, the Linkin Park star says, "Apparently, from his (Ramirez) perspective, we called the cops because they were smoking weed.
"First of all, if you were at this venue, there were a shocking number of police officers in the venue. Whatever happened, nobody called POT-911, 'cause they (police officers) were there; they were standing outside the room. I don't know what happened, I have no idea what happened with who. But I know that I didn't know anybody, I know Chester (Bennington) didn't call anybody."
Shinoda adds, "We took Snoop Dogg out on tour, we took Cypress Hill out on tour. Our second tour ever was with Kottonmouth Kings... Did I put Snoop Dogg in jail? Why would I do that? I don't care. The main thing, from my end, is just that... if somebody did say something to somebody about, like, 'Hey, this is not so cool,' just keep in mind that we all have families and in our dressing room that day, there was, like, two of Chester's kids who are, I think, eight and 10 or 12."
Linkin Park have been added to Hollywood's Rock Walk. Singer Chester Bennington and his bandmates placed their hands in cement outside the Guitar Center on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles on Wednesday (18Jun14).
Benington told fans at the ceremony that he was looking forward to bringing his children back to his slice of Hollywood real estate, stating, "I definitely think it would be fun to bring my kids down and show them this kind of thing, because it's an interesting thing that not everybody gets to be a part of and it's fun for them to see me in a different way."
He added, "For me in particular this spot in L.A., this strip, really means a lot to me personally. It was the very first place I met these guys (bandmates), it was the place I sat outside of Zomba music publishing at eight o'clock in the morning, because I thought that's when businesses open."
The Grammy Award-winning group joins the likes of Jimmy Page, Eric Clapton, Alice Cooper, Black Sabbath, Aerosmith and KISS among the acts who have been inducted into the Rock Walk.
Linkin Park are the latest music act to receive an honour on Hollywood's RockWalk. The rockers will leave their mark outside Los Angeles' Guitar Center during an induction ceremony on 17 June (14) , following in the footsteps of stars including Elvis Presley, Jimi Hendrix, Aerosmith and KISS.
Frontman Chester Bennington says, "We're honoured to have our music recognised by our peers, but to be added to Guitar Center's RockWalk on Sunset Boulevard, right where we started, is pretty surreal. We're really grateful to be here alongside so many of the artists that inspired us."
Dave Weiderman, chairman of RockWalk, brands the group "innovative and influential," adding, "It is due time they put their hands in some cement."
Stone Temple Pilots have called off a number of upcoming shows in Asia, Australia and the Middle East due to issues with the recording of their latest album. The rockers, who are now fronted by Linkin Park star Chester Bennington, have cancelled appearances in Dubai, Indonesia and at the Soundwave festival Down Under throughout February (14).
Soundwave organisers confirmed the news in a post on the event's official site: "Stone Temple Pilots regretfully cancel all upcoming shows.
"The recording of the new 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."
The band was set to headline the multi-city festival in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide from 22 February (14). They have been replaced by Australian punk rockers The Living End.
Motley Crue rocker Nikki Sixx has praised the stars of Stone Temple Pilots for ditching troubled frontman Scott Weiland, branding it a "smart move" as the singer was "dragging down a great band". Weiland was booted from the group earlier this year (13) and he has been replaced by Linkin Park's Chester Bennington.
The new line-up will perform a show with Motley Crue in Oklahoma on Friday (13Sep13), and Sixx has revealed he is looking forward to seeing Stone Temple Pilots play, praising them for their bravery in moving forward without their original singer.
In a post on his Twitter.com page, he writes, "Looking forward to (Stone Temple Pilots) with (Chester Bennington) on lead vocals opening for Crue in Oklahoma. Weiland was dragging down a great band... Smart move..."
Stone Temple Pilots bassist Robert Deleo is adamant the group had no choice but to fire singer Scott Weiland because his antics were making his bandmates miserable. Weiland was dismissed earlier this year (13) and he is now embroiled in a bitter legal battle with his former friends, who have sued him over allegations he sabotaged the group's recent 20th anniversary tour by turning up late for performances and missing promotional gigs.
DeLeo has now opened up about the tensions in the group which led to Weiland's exit, insisting they needed to move forward without him.
He tells Rolling Stone, "It was a very difficult decision to terminate the face of your band. There are many paths to the history of certain bands and each one is a little different, but it all kind of turns out the same at the end. But it was a very difficult decision to do that. That's as big as it gets. But we really didn't have any other choice... (We) have been saddled by someone for a long time. We've always looked out for Scott's best interests and tried to be a great friend to someone who really didn't care to be friends with us...
"And I don't think we had any other choice... (We) would rather move ahead. I want to have f**king fun, man, making music. I have the complete luxury of making music for a living. If I'm around people that don't f**king get that, then I want to be around people who get that."
Stone Temple Pilots are now working with Linkin Park's Chester Bennington as their frontman, and DeLeo admits he feels grateful to the singer's bandmates for letting him take up the post.
He adds, "I feel very humbled by the fact the guys in Linkin Park are cool with this. All these guys are great dudes. It's not about music - it's about the humanity of it. They're the kind of human beings you want to be around at this point in life."
Bennington concludes, "I really respect the decision these guys have made. I also understand how incredibly difficult having that conversation would be... (But) this is their life. This is how they're gonna pay their bills and put their kids through college, this is how they're gonna want to spend the rest of their lives."
The new-look Stone Temple Pilots have slightly changed their moniker as Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington joins the band for upcoming tour dates and record releases. Bennington joined the group three months ago after his new bandmates fired former frontman Scott Weiland and now the rockers have announced plans to release a new EP as Stone Temple Pilots with Chester Bennington.
High Rise will be released on the band's own label, Play Pen/ADA, on 5 October (13), and will include the group's first single, Out of Time.
Bennington made his STP debut in May (13) at the KROQ Weenie Roast in California. The new-look act will kick off their first U.S. tour at the Sands Casino event center in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania next month (Sep13).
Rockers Linkin Park surprised fans at a Japanese music and sports festival over the weekend (10-11Aug13) by joining forces with dance DJ Steve Aoki to debut an unlikely new collaboration. Both acts were on the bill for the Summer Sonic event in Tokyo, Japan on Saturday (10Aug13), with Linkin Park performing a hits-packed set earlier in the day.
However, rapper Mike Shinoda hinted at a special second appearance by advising the crowd to check out Aoki's gig later on in the night, and he made good on the tip off by showing up on the Sonic stage with bandmate Chester Bennington as the DJ hit the decks, reports Billboard.com.
They then launched into a performance of their new song, A Light That Never Comes, much to the audience's delight.
Shinoda has since revealed the collaborative effort had been a long time coming, saying, "Steve and I met up like a year ago, maybe more. It happened pretty organically, just shooting ideas back and forth."
Linkin Park took their legions of fans on a trip down memory lane during their headlining set at the Sunset Strip Music Festival in Los Angeles on Saturday night (03Aug13) when they recalled playing their first shows at venues dotted along the fabled street. The rockers performed an 80-minute set of hits and singer/rapper Mike Shinoda even revamped a rap from an early song, titled Read My Eyes, that never made its way onto any of the band's albums.
Clearly emotional onstage at the full circle concert, he told fans, "Our first shows were at the Whisky (A Go Go) and Roxy. We played the majority of our first 15 shows there and it was our, like, dream... the Key Club used to be called Billboard Live and it was our be dream to be like, 'Dude, one day we're gonna be big enough to play Billboard Live!. And we would never have f**king thought that the dream wasn't to play Billboard Live; it was to play in front of f**king Billboard Live."
Bandmate Chester Bennington added, "Back when we were recording (album) Hybrid Theory and writing music for Hybrid Theory we'd have these crazy dreams, like, 'Wouldn't it be f**king cool if we shut down Sunset...?'"
Shinoda later recalled performing with Jay-Z at The Roxy, which was among the venues taking part in the SSMF, after spotting the club from the stage.
He added, "This is the most nostalgic show we've ever played," prompting Bennington to add, "I teared up, like, twice already."
The festival also gave Stone Temple Pilots fans a bonus - as both the band's current frontman Bennington and former lead singer Scott Weiland hit the stage on the same night, hundreds of yards apart - the Linkin Park star took over as STP's semi-permanent singer when Weiland was fired from the band earlier this year (13).
Weiland and his new band The Wildabouts added a second night to their Friday night (02Aug13) Viper Room gig and were performing there as Bennington left the main stage with Linkin Park.
Bennington made no mention of his other band during his set and Weiland made sure there was no bad blood between the two rockers by telling Rolling Stone magazine last week (ends02Aug13), "I've known Chester for a long time... I don't think Chester did it (replaced me) in a spiteful way."
Weiland and the remaining members of STP are currently locked in a legal dispute over the rights to the band name.
Rocker Scott Weiland insists there are no hard feelings between him and his Stone Temple Pilots replacement Chester Bennington, because he's convinced the Linkin Park star did not act spitefully when he stepped up to front the band. Bennington stunned fans when he hit the stage with STP for a radio concert in California in May (13) and now he has become a semi-permanent member of the group and plans to tour with the DeLeo brothers later this year (13), while honouring his Linkin Park commitments at the same time.
Weiland, whose firing left a vacancy for his rock peer, is at war with his former bandmates, but, as he prepares to hit the stage with his new group at the Hollywood music festival Bennington and Linkin Park are headlining this weekend (02-04Aug13), he wants to make it clear that he's not upset with his replacement.
He tells Billboard.com, "I've known Chester for a long time. I got to be pretty close with him on the (2001) Family Values Tour...
"I don't think Chester did it in a spiteful way. The brothers DeLeo can be pretty persuasive... I guess nothing is totally shocking, but... I don't think it was smart for them to do that. I'm surprised they did what they did without checking the legality of it, how they just decided to go and use the name and go and hire another singer and start playing shows with a name that I still am an owner of."
The DeLeo brothers and Weiland, who is now touring with his band the Wildabouts, have filed lawsuits against each other.