Reporting Jay Tilles
On Friday (May 31) Weiland filed a countersuit in Los Angeles, seeking in excess of $7 million in damages for what he believes was a conspiracy to oust him. In the complaint, Weiland poses the question, “How do you expel a man from the band that he started, named, sang lead on every song, wrote the lyrics, and was the face of for twenty years? You don’t, but three of the instrumentalists from the band ‘Stone Temple Pilots’ tried.”
Earlier this month, Weiland was shaken by the band’s surprise performance at KROQ’s Weenie Roast and the subsequent release of a new song (“Out of Time“) featuring Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington. Just days after the performance, the band filed a lawsuit claiming Weiland had sabotaged the band’s 20th anniversary tour and had misappropriated the band’s trademarked name and assets. STP sought to keep him from playing their songs on his solo tour.
“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,” he posted in an open letter. “I don’t give a f*** what they call themselves, but it’s not Stone Temple Pilots.”
Ironically, Weiland cited the same 1996 partnership agreement referenced in the band’s original suit. According to Weiland’s interpretation of the document, the band would have to call themselves a different name if playing without him.
The band alleges that communication with the former singer became impossibly difficult. Yet contrary to STP members’ claim of not being able to get in touch, Weiland claims his multiple attempts at reaching the band also went ignored.
“Without getting into legal details, the band has a binding agreement that clearly states what each of us can and cannot do outside of STP. Unfortunately many of the decisions Scott made violate this agreement, have been harmful to the band, and prevented us from moving forward,” said the band in a statement on their website.
Weiland is currently on his Purple at the Core tour featuring STP songs from respective albums.