Two months after being fired from the Stone Temple Pilots, former lead singer Scott Weiland is now being sued by his former band. According to the Associated Press, the band filed a suit accusing Weiland of using the band name to further his own solo efforts and have asked a judge to bar him from doing so in future.
The lawsuit was filed last Friday in a Los Angeles court. The band claims Weiland, who has a history of substance abuse, was detrimental to the band’s success and earning potential. The also say they have the right to use the name Stone Temple Pilots and all related copyrights, but Weiland does not.
Rumours of the firing began last year when Slash, in an interview, said Weiland had already been dismissed from the band. At the time, Weiland dismissed the rumours. However, the band made the split official in February this year. In response, Weiland released this statement:
‘I learned of my supposed “termination” from Stone Temple Pilots this morning by reading about it in the press. 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. In the meantime, I’m looking forward to seeing all of my fans on my solo tour which starts this Friday’. – Scott Weiland
The Stone Temple Pilots then named Linkin Park lead singer Chester Bennington as their new front man, and they have just released a song together, Out of Time. Weiland did not take kindly to the replacement, and wrote an open letter on his website to fans :
“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.”
The band, on their part, has requested the judge to stop Weiland from performing Stone Temple Pilot songs or even referring to himself as a member of the band. We await the judge’s ruling.