Now, Weiland has struck back with a suit of his own and trash talk has started to fly. Rolling Stone reports:
"How do you expel a man from a band that he started, named, sang lead on every song, wrote the lyrics and was the face of for 20 years, and then try to grab the name and goodwill for yourselves?" Weiland's complaint reads. "You don't, but three of the instrumentalists from the band 'Stone Temple Pilots' (the 'Band') tried."
As evidence, Weiland has highlighted a partnership agreement signed by Stone Temple Pilots in 1996, and amended in 2010 – seemingly the same agreement cited by the band in their own lawsuit. Weiland argues the agreement allows each band member to perform on his own, and says the band kicked him to continue performing as Stone Temple Pilots; under the agreement, Weiland says, they would be forced to play under a different name if separate and apart from him.
Before Weiland's countersuit, Stone Temple Pilots responded last week to fans' reactions regarding their lawsuit on their website. "Our purpose in taking this action is not to hurt Scott. We want to move forward productively, and Scott's choices and actions have prevented us from doing that," Robert DeLeo, Dean DeLeo and Eric Kretz wrote. "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."
Weiland was kicked out of Stone Temple Pilots in February and is currently touring as Scott Weiland and the Wildabouts, though he has tied the tour to his former band by naming it the "Purple at the Core" tour and performing Stone Temple Pilots songs. His next show is set for tomorrow night at the House of Blues in San Diego.
In separate statements last week, STP and Weiland both address Weiland's STP-heavy solo tour. From the STP camp, Weiland's tour looks to be the proverbial straw that broke the camel's back:
“The whole thing is, I came up with this idea because I’d seen a couple other bands do it. And it worked,” Weiland explained. “You bring back your first album or your first two albums that were hugely successful back in ’91, ’92, ’93, ’94, when the biggest bands were selling 6 to 7 million records, like we were.”
In response to singer’s claims, the members of Stone Temple Pilots have issued a statement of their own, claiming that while some of Weiland’s accusations might be rooted in fact, it doesn’t change the fact that the band has moved on.
“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,” reads the band’s statement. “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.
“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.”
So both camps wanted the same thing, and now they're suing each other? This drama is getting dumber by the minute.
In the meantime, STP performed with their new singer again last week at the MusiCares MAP Fund benefit show in Los Angeles. Check out Chester belting out "Wicked Garden" which sounds pretty faithful to Scott Weiland's original vocal.
Click here for more fan-shot video from the 6-song set.
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