Years ago when Guns N’ Roses (the original, Appetite For Destruction version) parted ways, there was a protracted legal argument that ended with frontman Axl Rose as the owner of the band’s name.
Several non-Axl members of GNR went on to form Velvet Revolver, and tapped Stone Temple Pilots singer Scott Weiland to provide vocal duties — and now Weiland himself is in a very similar battle with his old bandmates.
Just days after the other three members of STP—brothers Dean and Robert DeLeo and drummer Eric Kretz—sued Weiland in an attempt to get him to stop playing STP songs and using the STP name on tour, Weiland has filed a $7 million countersuit. He’s seeking that amount in damages and wants a judge to dissolve the band partnership.
Weiland spent part of this spring on the road playing STP’s first two albums Core and Purple in their entirety, while the remaining members of the Pilots recently teamed up with Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington for a live performance and a new single “Out of Time.”
“The band that played last weekend was not Stone Temple Pilots and it was wrong of them to present themselves as that,” Weiland wrote in a letter to fans after the group performed at the annual KROQ Weenie Roast in Los Angeles. “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.”
The relationship between Weiland and the other members of STP has always been a little toxic, especially since the late ’90s when Weiland split off to do a solo album and the other three hired a new singer to form Talk Show. The reconciliation seemed to be permanent when the band released a new self-titled album in 2010, though the fracturing has continued.
Who do you side with in this scenario? Is there a Stone Temple Pilots without Weiland? Let us know in the comments.