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Scott Weiland Is Pretty Sure Stone Temple Pilots Can't Use the Name Now That He's Fired

By May 7, 2013

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It's been a couple months since the latest fracas in Stone Temple Pilots. At the end of February, the band announced they were firing their lead singer, Scott Weiland, offering no explanation for the group's decision. Weiland disputed it, stating, "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."

Apparently, lawyers may be getting involved soon.

In a May 2 interview with a Las Vegas radio station, X107.5 FM, Weiland made it clear that his former bandmates can't do anything STP-related without him around. "I started the band," he said. "I'm not gonna go into, legally, but there's things in place, like certain clauses that are in place that keep that from happening." He's referring to any attempt by guitarist Dean DeLeo, bassist Robert DeLeo and drummer Eric Kretz to tour or record under the Stone Temple Pilots moniker if he's not part of it. That's actually a pressing concern since it was announced that Weiland's bandmates would take part in a benefit concert for MusiCares at the end of May. Apparently, they're being billed as "Members of Stone Temple Pilots" for the performance.

For what it's worth the Weiland-less STP did put out an album with a different singer, Dave Coutts. That group called themselves Talk Show, and their 1997 self-titled debut failed to make much of a dent on the charts or on radio.

In the meantime, Weiland is busying himself with his "Purple at the Core" tour, which features songs from Stone Temple Pilots' first two records. Rock fans have gotten used to disputes over the rights to a band name once the group members can't stand one another anymore. Will Stone Temple Pilots be added to that infamous list?

Scott Weiland Tour Dates:

  • May 29 - West Hollywood, CA - House of Blues
  • May 31 - Scottsdale, AZ - Talking Stick Resort
  • Jun. 1 - Las Vegas, NV - The Pearl at the Palms
  • Jun. 4 - San Diego, CA - House of Blues
  • Jun. 5 - Temecula, CA - Pechanga Resort & Casino
  • Jun. 7 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore
  • Jun. 8 - Reno, NV - Silver Legacy Casino

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