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Stone Temple Pilots Are Taking Scott Weiland to Court

By May 25, 2013

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Ever since Stone Temple Pilots decided to mend fences and get back together in 2008, one had to wonder how long it could last, with reports circulating almost immediately that there was still tension between the members. That tension came to a head in February when the group kicked Scott Weiland out of the band. On Friday, the fight between the band and its former frontman spilled over into the courts.

The remaining band members -- Dean DeLeo, Robert DeLeo, Eric Kretz -- filed a lawsuit that wants the courts to bar Weiland from using the Stone Temple Pilots name on his own. According to Associated Press reporter Anthony McCartney, "The suit sheds light on the band's breakup, accusing Weiland of interacting with bandmates only through lawyers or managers and showing up late to the group's 2012 shows. It cites Weiland's addiction struggles and poor performances as detriments to the band's earning potential." That last sentence is especially striking considering that Weiland definitely seemed to have quite noticeable problems during different recent STP tours.

"Without relief from the court," the lawsuit states, "Weiland will continue violating STP's rights, misappropriating STP assets and interfering with the band's livelihood."

This lawsuit comes less than a week after STP announced that Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington was now going to be their vocalist. Apparently, the suit also alleges that Weiland's lawyer tried to keep KROQ, an influential modern rock station, from playing STP's new song with Bennington, "Out of Time," on the grounds that it violated Weiland's contract with the band.

Weiland hasn't yet responded to the lawsuit, but earlier this month he made it sound like the rest of his former bandmates couldn't carry on as Stone Temple Pilots without him. "I started the band," he said in an interview in early May. "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."

It seemed pretty obvious from the moment Weiland got fired that lawsuits would start flying soon after. That's where we are now. If you're a fan of legal sniping and bad blood between former bandmates, this will probably be the one rock story you'll be most interested in following over the next several weeks and months.

Update: Scott Weiland responded on his website. "Like any band that's stood the test of time and made music for more than two decades," he wrote, "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 [expletive] what they call themselves, but it's not Stone Temple Pilots." And he makes it clear that, to his mind, "they don't have the legal right to call themselves STP because I'm still a member of the band." To be continued.

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May 27, 2013 at 6:52 pm
(1) Chuckling Chuck the Woodchuck says:

I hate for this turmoil within STP to happen. I’ve been a big fan of STP from their first big successes & I still do love them. Scott, despite his personal demons, is very talented and uniquely creative. The rest of the band are talented and creative too. So, now this mess has been thrown on the doorstep of the judicial system for resolution.

I fear the worst. All I know now is that STP provided great music for special times in my life & great memories of special people who shared that music with me in the past. Still, I hope some resolution will come to more diplomatic and agreeable terms for both sides in this fiasco.

May 27, 2013 at 7:01 pm
(2) Elmer says:

So sad to see such turmoil within STP now. I’ve loved their music since they first hit it big because I felt some kinda connection with their messages. This mess has reached the courts now & I fear the worst. Still, I hold out hope that there may be some amicable resolution for both sides.

May 27, 2013 at 7:07 pm
(3) Lucy in the Sky says:

I’ve been following this mess for a while & it’s worrisome for me & my friends. And now it’s for the courts to decide? Man, that’s gonna be risky. I can understand both sides arguments in this lawsuit and both have their points. I just hate that there’s the possibility that Stone Temple Pilots might be dissolved forever! So I just hope there is a decision that is good for all concerned. And I hope it means that STP will keep rockin’ on.

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