STP: Weiland was toxic
Stone Temple Pilots brothers Dean and Robert DeLeo say the decision to fire Scott Weiland was ultimately about quality of life.
And guitarist Dean says he, for one, had always hoped the original lineup would remain together.
The band finally sacked their wayward frontman earlier this year, and the move has led to lawsuits being launched in both directions, with Weiland insisting they don’t have the legal right to remove him.
Nevertheless they’ve brought in Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington and the new lineup is working on their first EP, with lead track Out Of Time having received positive reviews.
Bassist Robert tells Banana1015.com: “You get to a point in your life where your BS meter starts running down to a certain tolerance. It wasn’t just a musical decision, or a business decision; it was a quality of life decision, and that’s really what it’s about.”
Dean adds: “The band means so much to us and it’s such a big part of our life. It comes into our homes – in our bedrooms, around our children. When a toxic environment steps into my house… would you want to do that?
“It’s like what Robert said; it’s about quality of life. I would have loved for the lineup to have gone on forever, until we were taken out by our elbows and heels. But we did not dictate where we’re at now, by any means.”
Despite Bennington having emphasised that Linkin Park remains his priority, the DeLeos say they’re delighted with his input – and his vocal abilities, which mean they can dig out deep cuts from earlier in their career.
“You have to lower the key of things for a singer as we all move on in age,” says Dean. “There’s only so many keys that you can lower to before you’re playing saltwater taffy. So, performing those songs the way they were recorded – that’s what we’re looking forward to doing.”