Stone Temple Pilots

Stone Temple Pilots are suing Scott Weiland. The band filed a lawsuit again him on Friday, claiming to have lost millions of dollars on the Stone Temple Pilots 20th anniversary tour because Weiland was late for shows and promotional events. “Enough is enough,” says band’s lawsuit. “Without relief from the court, Weiland will continue violating STP’s rights, misappropriating STP assets and interfering with the band’s livelihood.” Stone Temple Pilots recently fired Weiland and replaced him with Chester Bennington, the singer of Linkin Park. Below, read a letter that Weiland recently posted on his website.

From Scott Weiland’s personal website:

A letter to my fans,

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.

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.

When I tour on my own, it’s never as Stone Temple Pilots. It’s as Scott Weiland. The fans deserve to know what they’re getting.

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. So if my former bandmates want to tour with a new singer, that’s their prerogative.

I don’t give a fuck what they call themselves, but it’s not Stone Temple Pilots.
And so I say to you, our fans, 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.

~ Scott

Comments (3)
  1. Initially, I don’t know what to think of this mess. Both sides have valid points that are worth noting:
    1. Scott’s checkered past/antics has cost STP in terms of production and touring
    2. Scott doesn’t claim to tour as STP; only as himself.

    That being said, I think it’s ridiculous that STP is asking a judge to stop Scott singing STP songs during Scott’s solo tour and calling himself a former member of the band. However, Scott is delusional to think that he is still in the band. Bottom line, Scott was a key member in STP. He, Eric, Dean and Robert made STP. For STP to have Chester on board and continue under the STP moniker is kind of misleading. I don’t know what the legalities are in regards to who owns the name, etc but I think that STP is not STP without Scott. I also think that Eric, Robert and Dean know this and wouldn’t have the same amount of success if they made music under a different name.
    I think that STP should be laid to rest while Scott does his own thing as Scott Weiland and Dean, Robert and Eric does their thing under some other name. They can call themselves Side Show with Chester Bennington for all I care. I’m not digging Chester as the new frontman but that’s another rant for another time.

    But I digress…..

    • ” I also think that Eric, Robert and Dean know this and wouldn’t have the same amount of success if they made music under a different name.”

      The Talkshow and Army of Anyone records have proven this to be true already (despite both records having a few decent tracks, btw) so I would agree with you that there is some rationale behind them not choosing a different name with Chester.

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