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Scott Weiland countersues Stone Temple Pilots over music and name rights

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.  READ FULL STORY

Stone Temple Pilots file lawsuit against former lead singer Scott Weiland

Stone Temple Pilots have filed a lawsuit against their former lead singer Scott Weiland to stop him from using the band’s name or music to further his own career and accusing him of attempting to sabotage the band’s new single, “Out of Time.” Weiland and the group split up in February with Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington now taking lead vocals in STP.

Weiland then released an open letter to fans on his official website stating that the band has no right to tour and call themselves STP without Weiland’s involvement. Wrote Weiland, “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.”

Scott Weiland 'terminated' from Stone Temple Pilots [UPDATE]

This morning, we received a one-sentence e-mail stating the current status of one of the members of a seminal ’90s alt-rock band.

The message, in its entirety: “Stone Temple Pilots have announced they have officially terminated Scott Weiland.”

Naturally, that immediately conjured images of the T-100 taking out Weiland in a blaze of liquid-metal glory. (Or as one EW music staffer commented on the brevity of the statement, “This reads like a Hunger Games cannon going off.” Yes, we work at a general entertainment magazine.)

In the meantime, Weiland has become the David Lee Roth of grunge, minus the split kicks. Despite the fact that he’s currently on a solo tour playing STP’s first two albums in their entirety, he has insisted for months that the band was not breaking up. Rumors did circulate about the end of Weiland’s latest tenure, but the singer told Rolling Stone that it was all hearsay.

“STP has not broken up,” Weiland told the magazine in December. “I haven’t quit. I haven’t been fired. We’re talking right now about when we want to tour next. No one has ever fired anybody in STP.”

Weiland has always been the band’s most important and central member, though his presence, notably, has been problematic throughout the course of the group’s history. READ FULL STORY

Stone Temple Pilots tour postponed following Scott Weiland's 'confusing' appearance

stone_temple_pilotsSome five weeks into tour—and several days after an unsettling appearance in Houston, Texas—Stone Temple Pilots have officially rescheduled a dozen dates in order to “take a short break.”

According to Craig Hlavaty of The Houston Press, the band took to the Woodlands stage on Sunday an hour or so after openers Black Rebel Motorcyle Club. He writes: “A report about Sunday night cannot come without word on Weiland’s condition onstage, in light of his lateness.  He seemed off mentally, a little too meandering and talkative, bringing up his own past drug and alcohol abuse. At one point he did claim that he traded the hard stuff for boozing.”

In response to a flood of reader comments, many of them expressing extreme disappointment with the short set, Weiland’s odd behavior, and purported use of backing tapes, Hlvatay later elaborated: “Weiland’s banter in between songs was odd and confusing. He touched on using inner-ear monitors, the band’s first gigs, his own past drug use, what grunge means to him and why bands don’t destroy gear anymore. It just so happens we didn’t make the review about all this because we wanted to review the music, and not poke easy fun at what looked to be a public meltdown.”

He does also note that the band’s late start may have been due to travel difficulties; a commenter who works at a nearby airport posted that the band was delayed by management and airline miscommunication, and that Weiland had not yet landed in Houston when openers BRMC took to the stage.

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Carlos Santana goes to 'Guitar Heaven' with help from Rob Thomas, Chris Daughtry, Nas, and more: Full tracklist revealed

Carlos-SantanaImage Credit: Albert L. Ortega/PR PhotoSince 1999′s megasmash Supernatural, Carlos Santana has mostly stuck with that album’s eclectic, guest-heavy format for his subsequent releases. Now he’s taking the collaborative spirit one step further. On Sept. 21′s Guitar Heaven: The Greatest Guitar Classics of All Time, the famed guitarist enlisted at least one famous friend to perform on each of 13 covers.

The full line-up for Guitar Heaven was finalized via press release today. You can check it out after the jump. As you’ll see, Santana brought back his “Smooth” pal Rob Thomas for Cream’s “Sunshine of Your Love.” Grungy growlers dominate the rest of the track list, including Chris Cornell on Led Zeppelin’s “Whole Lotta Love,” Scott Weiland on the Rolling Stones’ “Can’t You Hear Me Knockin’,” Gavin Rossdale on T. Rex’s “Bang a Gong,” Chris Daughtry on Def Leppard’s “Photograph,” and Scott Stapp on Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Fortunate Son.” Then there’s Santana’s take on AC/DC’s “Back in Black,” which will feature rapping from Queensbridge’s own Nas.

Some of those pairings could work quite well. I’d definitely like to hear what Nas can do over those crunchy power chords. Gavin Rossdale going glam sounds intriguing. Anyone who’s heard a Stone Temple Pilots album knows Scott Weiland can do a solid Mick Jagger impression. And Joe Cocker gnashing his way through Jimi Hendrix’s “Little Wing” should be well worth hearing. As for the turgid Scott Stapp attempting Creedence’s protest anthem? Yeah, that one’s an instant skip for me.

But what do you think? Take a look at the full track list for Carlos Santana’s Guitar Heaven after the jump and let us know which of these covers you’d like to hear.

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Glee tops Billboard's album chart again

glee-stpGlee cheerfully leads the Billboard 200 albums chart for its second straight week. Selling 63,000 copies, Glee: The Music, Volume 3 Showstoppers comes in at No. 1. The Stone Temple Pilots’ first studio album since 2001 comes in at No. 2. Their self-titled set sold 62,000 units. Selling 50,000 copies, Justin Bieber’s My World 2.0 moves up one spot to No. 3. Lady Antebellum‘s Need You Now rises two spots to No. 4 with 46,000 copies sold.

Usher’s Raymond v. Raymond sold 35,000 copies, climbing to No. 5. Lady Gaga’s The Fame also moves up with 31,000 copies sold. Now it sits at No. 6. Last week the Rolling Stones’ Exile on Main Street re-release came it at No. 2. This week it’s No. 7 with 28,000 copies sold. The Black Keys’ Brothers drops five spots to No. 8 with just under 26,000 units sold. Carole King and James Taylor’s Live at the Troubadour rises two slots to No. 9 with about 26,000 copies sold. Nas and Damian Marley’s Distant Relatives round out the top 10, dropping five spaces to No. 10 with 25,000 units moved.

Surprised Glee held on to No. 1 another week? Did you buy the Pilots’ latest? Let us know.

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SXSW: Stone Temple Pilots bring old hits, new material to packed Austin Music Hall

Every year, SXSW drops a rock monster (Metallica, R.E.M., Jane’s Addiction) or two amidst the hordes of baby bands and rising indie stars, and this year, one of those slots belonged to the reunited ’90s alt-radio kings Stone Temple Pilots.

A frenzied crew of badge holders and contest winners filtered into the Austin Music Hall Thursday night to hear Scott Weiland and co., on haitus from 2001 up until 2008′s summer reunion tour (true confession: I wrote a feature about that), dip into their hits catalog, and pull out four new tracks from their upcoming album, due May 25. The first song of the set? Why, let us give you a hint:

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Guilty Pleasures, Round One: Ace of Base (4) vs. Stone Temple Pilots (13)

EW’s Music Mix is searching for the Greatest Guilty Pleasure Musical Act of All Time. With 32 seeded contestants (see all the matchups), this tournament is sure to change hearts, minds, and lives for weeks to come. Read/listen to the following, and then cast your vote in the poll after the jump; reader comments will be used in subsequent rounds, so we encourage you to also explain to the group why you chose the way you did. Note: In case of a tie, please select the artist you feel more ashamed to adore. Thank you.

Ace of Base Stone Temple Pilots

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