According to TMZ.com, STONE TEMPLE PILOTS members Robert DeLeo (bass), Dean DeLeo (guitar) and Eric Kretz (drums) have filed a lawsuit against their former lead singer Scott Weiland claiming that he sabotaged their 20th anniversary tour by being chronically late for performances and missing promotional gigs. They also allege Weiland refused to communicate with other bandmembers in an attempt to “hijack” the tour. “The band endured much strife and lost significant opportunities because of Weiland,” the suit states.
STP officially fired Weiland in February after weeks of rumors about his status, issuing a terse statement that read, “STONE TEMPLE PILOTS have announced they have officially terminated Scott Weiland.”
This was the second time that the band has parted ways with its often troubled frontman, following a split in 2002.
Weiland, who was about to launch a solo tour at the time of his dismissal, denied at first that he had been fired, saying that STONE TEMPLE PILOTS legally could not exist or use that name without all four members of the group in the lineup.
He reiterated that view during an interview with a Nevada radio station, saying, “I started the band . . . there’s things in place, like certain clauses that are in place that keep that from happening.”
Fans were shocked when STONE TEMPLE PILOTS made a surprise appearance at a radio festival in the Los Angeles area last Saturday (May 18), with LINKIN PARK‘s Chester Bennington making his debut as the new STP lead singer.
The group performed a new song called “Out Of Time” at the show, putting a studio version online earlier this week. The DeLeo brothers and Kretz now claim in the lawsuit Weiland got vindictive and tried to interfere with the release of the single. Weiland‘s lawyer, according to the lawsuit, called the head of programming at the Los Angeles radio station KROQ and said if the station played “Out Of Time”, it would be infringing on Weiland‘s rights.
“Enough is enough,” the band says in the lawsuit. “Without relief from the court, Weiland will continue violating STP‘s rights, misappropriating STP assets and interfering with the band’s livelihood.”
Bennington has said that he was planning on doing more recording and touring with STP, while remaining in LINKIN PARK.
STONE TEMPLE PILOTS is asking for unspecified damages.