In advance of Scott Weiland’s solo show in Arizona this Friday (May 31), the recently deposed ex-lead singer of Stone Temple Pilots went on an expletive-packed rant to AZ Central about being unceremoniously ousted from the multi-platinum rock act. The seething mad singer was determined to reveal the events that led up to being replaced by Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington.
Weiland explained that before the band self-destructed, he felt the need to take a break from non-stop touring and record a new album.
“We’ve been playing the same (expletive) set for four years,” he said of the band’s recent past, lamenting that STP had gone from playing 20,000-seat arenas to county fairs and small capacity casinos. “I will not sit around and destroy the brand of this band,” he told them. “We have to get in the studio and make new music…Fans of STP were so sick of hearing the same songs over and over, the same set list.”
“I don’t really think about it a lot,” Weiland continued when asked about the current relationship between himself and his former band. “I think about how disrespectful they are, sometimes, in between a sip of coffee and a hit of my cigarette. I think about how selfish they are and how much it blows me away that after two times of trying this, they still think they have any opportunity of doing it without me. And it’s not me saying that I’m the greatest because you know what? I’m not…But as far as this band goes? The vision? The artistic direction of the band? And trying to keep them from sounding like Rush? I’m sorry. I have to be totally honest. It was me. I’m guilty. I kept them from doing it. That’s all I’ve got to say.”
Weiland and his current band, the Wildabouts, are presently on the Purple to the Core Tour, focusing on songs from Stone Temple Pilots’ first two albums, Purple and Core after a proposed STP tour in recognition of Core‘s 20th anniversary (complete with a box set reissue and new greatest hits collection) fell through.
“The whole thing is, I came up with this idea because I’d seen a couple other bands do it. And it worked,” Weiland explained. “You bring back your first album or your first two albums that were hugely successful back in ’91, ’92, ’93, ’94, when the biggest bands were selling 6 to 7 million records, like we were.”
In response to singer’s claims, the members of Stone Temple Pilots have issued a statement of their own, claiming that while some of Weiland’s accusations might be rooted in fact, it doesn’t change the fact that the band has moved on.
“We were in the process of putting our 20th anniversary tour together to celebrate the release of our first album, Core. The plan was for a big tour where we’d perform the album in its entirety, along with some other favorite STP songs,” reads the band’s statement. “So, you might imagine our shock and disappointment when, without any notice, we learned that Scott had seized this tour for himself as his solo tour, and decided to do exactly what we as a group had planned. We found out about it the same way you did—we saw an ad for it.
“It was beyond time we made some new music, which was impossible in the dysfunctional environment we were in. We’ve lived in it long enough and have decided to move forward with STP. We wish Scott well.”