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Stone Temple Pilots files lawsuit against former singer Scott Weiland

STP (with new singer from Linkin Park) suing to protect band name and songs

Stone Temple Pilots are suing their former frontman Scott Weiland, in an attempt to prevent him from using STP's name or songs. The suit, filed in L.A. on May 24, accuses Weiland of "hijacking its name and songs to promote his solo career." In addition, they allege their former singer was "chronically late," and as a result "the band endured much strife and lost significant opportunities because of Weiland."

Weiland has already publicly commented on the lawsuit on his website. “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.”

It seems the STP singer has been the object of derision from many (most?) of his peers for some time now, and not only because of Weiland's bizarre Christmas album and videos. Slipknot singer Corey Taylor called Weiland “a lazy piece of sh#t” and ridiculed the holiday full-length during a November 28, 2011 concert. “Do you know that Scott Weiland has a Christmas album now? Oh, it’s bad. It’s bad. Let me f#cking explain to you how bad it is. There is a video online of him singing...his hair is all slicked back and he’s in his f#cking sh#tty tuxedo.”

Audiences were booing Weiland's solo shows. The Wall Street Journal declared his Gramercy Theatre show a disaster, with Weiland hitting the stage 90 minutes later than scheduled, to a “vocally unpleasant” crowd.

The STP reunion ran into problems as well. They canceled their September 13, 2011 concert at the Taft Theatre in Cincinnati, Ohio, reportedly due to Weiland suffering from inflamed vocal cords. They canceled the rest of their 2011 tour, reportedly due to Weiland being told by doctors that he has scarring on his left vocal chord and a “tremendously inflamed” right vocal chord.

In early 2012, two unreleased 2010 videos for their song “Cinnamon” surfaced online, shot for the third single from their latest full-length, one directed by Aggressive (Alex Topaller and Dan Shapiro) and the other by Dennis Roberts. Neither clip was ever officially released. Their first concert DVD, Alive in the Windy City, dropped June 26, 2012, featuring a March 2010 show filmed in Chicago.

All seemed well in the reunited STP camp, at least until the end of 2012, as they were reportedly planning their next album. Weiland told Billboard “They usually start before me, just getting some rough ideas together and then putting rough ideas down on ProTools with no lyrics and no melody.”

Weiland also seemed optimistic about reuniting with his former bandmates in Velvet Revolver. “I think it’s the perfect time for Velvet Revolver to get back together,” Weiland told Rolling Stone. “I am completely open to it, and I know there are other guys in the band that are completely open to it. There have been some things that have stood in the way that aren’t anything that have to do with the band.”

His claims of a pending Velvet Revolver reunion were shot down by guitarist Slash, however, who told Classic Rock magazine “None of us have a clue what he’s talking about...we’re not buying it. The door’s shut on this side and it’s probably shut on that side too, so he’s on his own. And he deserves it, too.”

Then, more highly public discord surface in February, when STP issued this statement: "Stone Temple Pilots have announced they have officially terminated Scott Weiland."

Weiland responded in a subsequent Rolling Stone interview. “I learned of my supposed 'termination' from Stone Temple Pilots this morning by reading about it in the press. Not sure how I can be 'terminated' from a band that I founded, fronted, and co-wrote many of its biggest hits, but that's something for the lawyers to figure out...In the meantime, I'm looking forward to seeing all of my fans on my solo tour which starts this Friday.”

Beginning just days after the public sacking, Weiland's Purple at the Core solo tour hit twenty cities, featuring songs from the first two Stone Temple Pilots albums, solo material, and music from Velvet Revolver. However, the drummer of his backing band the Wildabouts quit the group in the middle of the tour.

Danny Thompson posted via Facebook “I have just officially quit the Scott Weiland solo band...it's a matter of self worth. Not going to elaborate.” Weiland's next dates are scheduled to begin May 29 at the House of Blues in Hollywood, with stops in Arizona and Nevada.

It remains to be seen whether he'll perform the STP songs his bandmates are seeking an injunction to protect, let alone whether he'll be forced to drop the STP album titles Purple and Core from all the Purple at the Core tour merchandise emblazoned with them.

Linkin Park's Chester Bennington's concert performances with STP last weekend will lead to further collaborations, as it has been announced that he's their new lead singer. Bennington previously performed with the STP in 2001 for the single “Wonderful.” A new song debuted by the new lineup last week at the KROQ Weenie Roast, “Out of Time,” is available as a free download at Radio.com.

Weiland has already weighed in on being replaced by Bennington. "Like everybody else out there," he says on his websote, "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...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."

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Stone Temple Pilots are suing their former frontman Scott Weiland, in an attempt to prevent him from using STP's name or songs. The suit, filed in L.A. on May 24, accuses Weiland of "hijacking its name and songs to promote his solo career." In addition, they allege their former singer was "chronically late," and as a result "the band endured much strife and lost significant opportunities because of Weiland."

Weiland has already publicly commented on the lawsuit on his website. “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.”

It seems the STP singer has been the object of derision from many (most?) of his peers for some time now, and not only because of Weiland's bizarre Christmas album and videos. Slipknot singer Corey Taylor called Weiland “a lazy piece of sh#t” and ridiculed the holiday full-length during a November 28, 2011 concert. “Do you know that Scott Weiland has a Christmas album now? Oh, it’s bad. It’s bad. Let me f#cking explain to you how bad it is. There is a video online of him singing...his hair is all slicked back and he’s in his f#cking sh#tty tuxedo.”

Audiences were booing Weiland's solo shows. The Wall Street Journal declared his Gramercy Theatre show a disaster, with Weiland hitting the stage 90 minutes later than scheduled, to a “vocally unpleasant” crowd.

The STP reunion ran into problems as well. They canceled their September 13, 2011 concert at the Taft Theatre in Cincinnati, Ohio, reportedly due to Weiland suffering from inflamed vocal cords. They canceled the rest of their 2011 tour, reportedly due to Weiland being told by doctors that he has scarring on his left vocal chord and a “tremendously inflamed” right vocal chord.

In early 2012, two unreleased 2010 videos for their song “Cinnamon” surfaced online, shot for the third single from their latest full-length, one directed by Aggressive (Alex Topaller and Dan Shapiro) and the other by Dennis Roberts. Neither clip was ever officially released. Their first concert DVD, Alive in the Windy City, dropped June 26, 2012, featuring a March 2010 show filmed in Chicago.

All seemed well in the reunited STP camp, at least until the end of 2012, as they were reportedly planning their next album. Weiland told Billboard “They usually start before me, just getting some rough ideas together and then putting rough ideas down on ProTools with no lyrics and no melody.”

Weiland also seemed optimistic about reuniting with his former bandmates in Velvet Revolver. “I think it’s the perfect time for Velvet Revolver to get back together,” Weiland told Rolling Stone. “I am completely open to it, and I know there are other guys in the band that are completely open to it. There have been some things that have stood in the way that aren’t anything that have to do with the band.”

His claims of a pending Velvet Revolver reunion were shot down by guitarist Slash, however, who told Classic Rock magazine “None of us have a clue what he’s talking about...we’re not buying it. The door’s shut on this side and it’s probably shut on that side too, so he’s on his own. And he deserves it, too.”

Then, more highly public discord surface in February, when STP issued this statement: "Stone Temple Pilots have announced they have officially terminated Scott Weiland."

Weiland responded in a subsequent Rolling Stone interview. “I learned of my supposed 'termination' from Stone Temple Pilots this morning by reading about it in the press. Not sure how I can be 'terminated' from a band that I founded, fronted, and co-wrote many of its biggest hits, but that's something for the lawyers to figure out...In the meantime, I'm looking forward to seeing all of my fans on my solo tour which starts this Friday.”

Beginning just days after the public sacking, Weiland's Purple at the Core solo tour hit twenty cities, featuring songs from the first two Stone Temple Pilots albums, solo material, and music from Velvet Revolver. However, the drummer of his backing band the Wildabouts quit the group in the middle of the tour.

Danny Thompson posted via Facebook “I have just officially quit the Scott Weiland solo band...it's a matter of self worth. Not going to elaborate.” Weiland's next dates are scheduled to begin May 29 at the House of Blues in Hollywood, with stops in Arizona and Nevada.

It remains to be seen whether he'll perform the STP songs his bandmates are seeking an injunction to protect, let alone whether he'll be forced to drop the STP album titles Purple and Core from all the Purple at the Core tour merchandise emblazoned with them.

Linkin Park's Chester Bennington's concert performances with STP last weekend will lead to further collaborations, as it has been announced that he's their new lead singer. Bennington previously performed with the STP in 2001 for the single “Wonderful.” A new song debuted by the new lineup last week at the KROQ Weenie Roast, “Out of Time,” is available as a free download at Radio.com.

Weiland has already weighed in on being replaced by Bennington. "Like everybody else out there," he says on his websote, "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...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."

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On his website, Weiland posted his take on STP replacing him with Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington. "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 f**k what they call themselves, but it's not Stone Temple Pilots."

May 27, 2013

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