The current members of Stone Temple Pilots filed suit against their ex-frontman Scott Weiland yesterday, May 24th. The band are seeking to bar Weiland from performing Stone Temple Pilots songs during his solo performances and are even going so far as to block him from billing himself a former member of the group in regards to any performances or recorded material.
The suit cites agreements the members of the band made in 1996 and 2010 in regards to the usage of their trademarks. It goes on to state that Weiland was continually late during their tours with him and that his struggles with addiction greatly hampered their earning potential when he was a member.
The suit also alleges that Weiland had his lawyer call Los Angeles, CA radio station KROQ in a bid to stop them from playing Stone Temple Pilots‘ new single “Out Of Time“; which features Linkin Park‘s Chester Bennington on vocals. Weiland‘s lawyer is said to have told the station that airing the song would be infringing upon his client’s trademark rights.
Meanwhile, Weiland himself posted the following message on his official website yesterday:
“A letter to my fans,
Like everybody else out there, I read about my band, Stone Temple Pilots, and their recent performance this past weekend with a new singer. 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.
When I tour on my own, it’s never as Stone Temple Pilots. It’s as Scott Weiland. The fans deserve to know what they’re getting.
Like any band that’s stood the test of time and made music for more than two decades, STP had a special alchemy – the four of us together were greater than any one of us apart. So if my former bandmates want to tour with a new singer, that’s their prerogative.
I don’t give a fuck what they call themselves, but it’s not Stone Temple Pilots.
And so I say to you, our fans, I’ll see you out there on the road this summer where I’m touring as “Scott Weiland” with my band The Wildabouts. But don’t give up on STP. I know I haven’t.