As previously reported, STONE TEMPLE PILOTS have a NEW lead vocalist. That's right, Chester Bennington of LINKIN PARK has replaced the bands legendary but unreliable vocalist Scott Weiland.
Up until now the other members of the band - Dean DeLeo, Robert DeLeo and Eric Kretz - didn't explain why they decided to fire Weiland. Well, according to TMZ and Billboard, the DeLeo brothers and Eric Kretz, are suing Weiland for unspecified damages. Why? Well, they are claiming in their lawsuit that Weiland sabotaged the bands 20th anniversary tour by being consistently late for performances and missing promotional gigs. The band are also claiming that the singer’s plan was to “hijack” to tour, to the point he wouldn’t even communicate with band members in an effort to “seize all the glory.”
There is more! The band also want the court to force Weiland to stop calling himself a former member of the band, stating that they own the songs, copyrights and trademarks (not Weiland). “Enough is enough,” the band’s lawsuit reportedly states. “Without relief from the court, Weiland will continue violating STP’s rights, misappropriating STP assets and interfering with the band’s livelihood.”
Weiland posted the following letter earlier this week, following the bands decision to replace him with Bennington:
“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."
Here is a NEW STP song called "Out Of Time":
STONE TEMPLE PILOTS' official site