Scott Weiland Says That Remaining Stone Temple Pilots Will Have To "Buy Him Out Of The Company"
Posted by Joseph Lee on 08.24.2013
He has major value...
In an interview with Chad Tyson of 98.7 The Gater (via Blabbermouth), Scott Weiland provided an update on his legal battle with the remaining members of Stone Temple Pilots over the name.
He said: "We're in litigation. There's a band agreement, a band contract agreement. They didn't follow the rules that were set down as to… for any member, if you were to… There has to be a reason for letting go a member, you have to give them a certain period of time to deal with it whatever different ways you want them to do. But it's just ridiculous, 'cause they can't use the name with me not being in the band without us coming to an agreement. So I just don't really see that… They'll have buy me out of the company, because I have major value in the company and in the brand. So that's where we're at. The lawyers will deal with it."
The band fired him earlier this year and hired Chester Bennington as his replacement. They sued him in May, accusing him of using the name to advance his solo career. They claimed his poor performances, late arrivals and drug addictions hurt their career. Weiland countersued and said they can't use the name without him.
The band, with Bennington on vocals, will release an album this fall, along with a North American tour that begins on September 4 in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania and finishes on September 27 in Las Vegas.
Weiland told The Pulse Of Radio that he and Bennington were friends before this and he doesn't see Bennington joining the band as a betrayal.
He added: "Yeah, I mean, I've known Chester for a long time. I got to be pretty close with him on the Family Values tour. I don't think Chester did it in a spiteful way. The brothers DeLeo [Dean, guitar and Robert, bass], they can be pretty persuasive."
Weiland started a solo tour on August 2 in Los Angeles. Along with his own material, he has been playing songs from the band's first two albums Core and Purple, as well as cover songs. His use of the band's songs is one of the reasons the band fired and sued him. They claim that it has damaged their career.