Former Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland has spoken up about the band performing without him and with Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington.
Weiland released a statement that said: "Like everybody else out there, I read about my band, Stone Temple Pilots, 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. They don't have the legal right to call themselves STP because I'm still a member of the band. It's misleading and dishonest to the millions of fans that have followed us for so many years. STP had a special alchemy — the four of us together were greater than any one of us apart. So if my former bandmates want to tour with a new singer, that's their prerogative. I don't give a f--k what they call themselves, but it's not Stone Temple Pilots. But don't give up on STP. I know I haven't." More and more and more
Meanwhile the rest of the band are now suing Weiland for using the band's name to promote his solo career even though he was fired from the band. Three original members of the band -- Robert DeLeo, Dean DeLeo and Eric Krez -- and new frontman, Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington, filed the suit, accusing Weiland of breach of contract. According to E! Online, they accuse Weiland of using the band's name and songs and have asked a judge to stop him from doing it. The suit also accuses Weiland's lawyer of calling the head of programming at a Los Angeles radio station, trying to keep the station from playing the Stone Temple Pilots song "Out of Time" because it infringes on Weiland's rights.
The DeLeos and Krez fired Weiland from the band in February, saying they would "no longer be held hostage by a band member who continually puts his personal interests above those of the band." They claimed he was constantly late to performances and cost the band millions when he didn't commit to their 2012 tour schedule. More and more and more and more and more and more and more