Stone Temple Pilots Say They Didn't Have Any Other Choice Than To Fire Scott Weiland
Posted by Joseph Lee on 09.06.2013
You have to do what you have to do...
In an interview with Rolling Stone, Stone Temple Pilots' Robert DeLeo said the band had no other choice than to fire Scott Weiland. They eventually replaced him with Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington. Here are highlights:
DeLeo on firing Weiland: "It was a very difficult decision to terminate the face of your band. There are many paths to the the history of certain bands and each one is a little different, but it all kind of turns out the same at the end. But it was a very difficult decision to do that. That's as big as it gets. But we didn't really have any other choice."
Bennington on the problems between the band and Weiland: "I really respect the decision these guys have made. I also understand how incredibly difficult having that conversation would be. At the same time, it isn't a surprise. Everybody who knows the band understands why decisions have been made. This is something I don't necessarily need – I have a great career with a great bunch of guys who I love deeply, and we make awesome music together."
DeLeo on bringing Bennington in: I welcomed it because we've known each other for quite some time. I don't think there was any other choice or options to make the band work. That's the way it was. I remember I was producing a record over at Conway Studios and I saw Slash there, and I remember shaking his hand when I first found out about Velvet Revolver and I said, "Good luck with that."