OMG, STP has a new BFF. Summon the lawyers.
Last week, Stone Temple Pilots sued fired singer Scott Weiland, charging that he sabotaged the band’s 20th anniversary tour by repeatedly skipping promotional shows, showing up late for concerts and using STP to promote his solo career.
Right back at ya, boys. Now Weiland has countersued, accusing his former bandmates of conspiring to eject him. In his suit, filed Friday in Los Angeles, Weiland demands $7 million and asks that the band be dissolved. He says, “How do you expel a man from the band that he started, named, sang lead on every song, wrote the lyrics, and was the face of for twenty years?”
“We want to move forward productively, and Scott’s choices and actions have prevented us from doing that. We were in the process of putting our 20th anniversary tour together to celebrate the release of our first album, Core. The plan was for a big tour where we’d perform the album in its entirety, along with some other favorite STP songs. So, you might imagine our shock and disappointment when, without any notice, we learned that Scott had seized this tour for himself as his solo tour, and decided to do exactly what we as a group had planned. We found out about it the same way you did — we saw an ad for it,” Dean DeLeo, Robert DeLeo and Eric Kretz, who recruited Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington to replace Weiland, posted on STP’s website.
“Without getting into legal details, the band has a binding agreement that clearly states what each of us can and cannot do outside of STP. Unfortunately many of the decisions Scott made violate this agreement, have been harmful to the band, and prevented us from moving forward. When our requests to Scott and his representatives that they abide by the agreement were ignored, we finally had enough. So now, we’ve made our choice. It was beyond time we made some new music, which was impossible in the dysfunctional environment we were in. We’ve lived in it long enough and have decided to move forward with STP. We wish Scott well. We’re really excited about the new music we’ve been making with Chester, including the song we just released, Out of Time.”
In an interview with The Arizona Republic, Weiland said, “Before the whole STP thing blew up, I said, ‘Look, we need to take a break. We need to make an album. We’ve been playing the same (expletive) set for four years. Without a change. We’ve been watching ourselves go from playing 20,000-seat arenas to county fairs and 2,000-seat casinos.’ I said, ‘I will not sit around and destroy the brand of this band. I will not do it. Will not do it. We have to get in the studio and make new music.’ That’s what we loved to do in the first place. We were artists. We were creators. They didn’t see things the same way.
“I think about how disrespectful they are …about how selfish they are and how much it blows me away that after two times of trying this, they still think they have any opportunity of doing it without me. And it’s not me saying that I’m the greatest because you know what? I’m not. John Lennon. Paul McCartney. They are … better than I am. But as far as this band goes? The vision? The artistic direction of the band? And trying to keep them from sounding like Rush? I’m sorry. I have to be totally honest. It was me. I’m guilty. I kept them from doing it. That’s all I’ve got to say.'”
OK, Rush, it’s your turn to get on the lawsuit bandwagon.