Weiland ‘hurt’ by STP Bennington tie-in
Scott Weiland says he’s “surprised” and “hurt” by Stone Temple Pilots’ decision to replace him with Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington.
The sacked singer has reacted after his former bandmates revealed their new frontman last weekend and launched their first single, Out Of Time, together.
But Weiland has repeated his claim that he hasn’t been fired at all. He says in a statement: “Like everybody else out there, I read about my band and their recent performance this past weekend with a new singer. To tell you the truth, it took me by surprise. And it hurt.
“But the band that played last weekend was not Stone Temple Pilots and it was wrong of them to present themselves as that. First of all they don’t have the legal right to call themselves STP because I’m still a member of the band.
“And more importantly, they don’t have the ethical right to call themselves Stone Temple Pilots, because it’s misleading and dishonest to the millions of fans that have followed us for so many years.”
He contradicts his own position as he refers to Dean DeLeo, Robert DeLeo and Eric Kretz as his “former bandmates,” adding: “Like any band that’s stood the test of time and made music for more than two decades, STP had a special alchemy – the four of us together were greater than any one of us apart.”
He finishes: “I don’t give a fuck what they call themselves, but it’s not Stone Temple Pilots. I’ll see you out there on the road this summer where I’m touring as ‘Scott Weiland’ with my band The Wildabouts.
“But don’t give up on STP. I know I haven’t.”
Weiland returned to the band after a six-year break following his sacking from Velvet Revolver in 2008. That band’s guitarist Slash was first to reveal the singer’s second departure, which STP confirmed in February.
Meanwhile, the three remaining founding members have launched a lawsuit against their ex-colleague, alleging he planned to “hijack” their 20th anniversary tour and “sabotaged” it by being late for shows and failing to appear for promotional events. They’re seeing unspecified damages in place of lost earnings, TMZ reports.