Earlier this year, Weiland was fired by his old band, who claimed the singer was battling drug addiction and chronic tardiness. STP then filed a lawsuit against Weiland for playing the band’s material during solo concerts and using the band name to promote his career. The plot thickened even further when Weiland countersued, claiming the original lawsuit was illogcial since he founded and named the band (along with co-writing much of their material).
Now, as Blabbermouth notes, Weiland has finally spoken out about the finer legal details in an interview with Flordia radio station 98.7 The Gater, calling the initial lawsuit “ridiculous.”
“There’s a band agreement, a band contact agreement,” Weiland said. “They didn’t follow the rules that were set down. . . 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.
“They’ll have to buy me out of the company,” he continued, noting his own “major value in the company and in the brand.”
Stone Temple Pilots have carried on with a new singer, Chester Bennington of Linkin Park. “I don’t think Chester did it in a spiteful way,” Weiland recently told Billboard, noting that he and Bennington have been friends for more than a decade. “The brothers DeLeo can be pretty persuasive. . . . I guess nothing is totally shocking.”
STP will release a new EP with Bennington in the fall, and they’ll kick off their upcoming tour on September 4th.
Meanwhile, Weiland has been playing the role of peacemaker between the two warring fanbases. Last Saturday, as Blabbermouth points out, a chant of “Fuck Chester!” broke out during a solo show in Philadelphia.
“The problem is I shouldn’t have said anything at all,” Weiland told the crowd. “I apologize to those fans out there who are, feel like they’re caught in the middle of it, ’cause I sure feel like I’m caught in the middle of it emotionally, and all I want to do is play music, man.”