Stone Temple Pilots Sue Scott Weiland

Loudster Co | May 26, 2013 - 6:43 am
By The Audio Mug | May 26, 2013
Stone Temple Pilots with Scott Weiland (below)
Latest drama between Stone Temple Pilots and Scott Weiland come to the peak at end of last week when the band officially sued his former frontman. The band (Stone Temple Pilots as Plaintiff) filed a lawsuit again him (Scott Weiland as Defendants) claiming to have lost millions of dollars on the Stone Temple Pilots 20th anniversary tour because Weiland was late for shows and promotional events.

“Enough is enough,” says band’s lawsuit. “Without relief from the court, Weiland will continue violating STP’s rights, misappropriating STP assets and interfering with the band’s livelihood.” Stone Temple Pilots recently fired Weiland and replaced him with Chester Bennington, the singer of Linkin Park. Below is the summary of “Stone Temple Pilots vs. Scott Weiland” lawsuit.

- STP’s partnership agreement signed in 1996 and 2010 is one that states the majority of the members of the band own the name especially in the event of a member leaving/being fired (The DeLeos and Eric Kretz outnumber Weiland)
- STP planned reissue of Core with two brand new songs, unreleased live recordings, limited fan edition collectibles, and a tour performing the album in its entirety. Scott Weiland and Dean DeLeo talked on the phone for two hours regarding ideas for the tour. The band were already planning to commemorate the 20th anniversary of Purple. The band also met at Scott Weiland’s home in January 2012.
- Lawsuit mentions Weiland being late for 2012 tour dates as causing strife in the band, it even mentions bad reviews. They mentioned Weiland showing up two hours late to a show in Abbotsford and forcing them to cancel another date severely damaged their reputation in Canada.
- Mentions Weiland’s addictions derailing the band, and even cites Weiland’s autobiography as proof.
- Weiland had signed a contract to make STP his ‘first priority commitment’ so when he bailed on doing a full 2012/2013 Core 20th Anniversary Tour for his own solo tour he was in breach of contract.
- Weiland using ‘The Purple At The Core’ to promote his solo tour is in breach of contract, as STP’s contract shows that former members cannot promote themselves as former STP members or by using STP likeness, they even allege that Scott’s Twitter handle (@ScottWeilandSTP) is in breach of contract because STP is in the name.
- In January 2013 STP asked Weiland for written assurance that he would not show up late for concerts, he refused to sing the agreement and asked for a bigger cut of touring money.
- Weiland used STP songs in radio ads for his Purple at the Core concerts.
- STP allege that Weiland’s poor performances of STP hits at his solo shows have hurt their brand name.
- Weiland refused to speak to the band at points in 2012 and the band did not know where he stood with the band since he wouldn’t talk to them.
- When the remaining STP members announced they’d be performing at the MusiCares event in Los Angeles (prior to announcing Bennington as lead vocalist) Weiland’s lawyer attempted to block them from performing.
Read the full “Stone Temple Pilots vs. Scott Weiland” lawsuit via

The lawsuit finally come to defendant, Scott Weiland to respond. Read Scott Weiland’s responded on his official website below:
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.

~ Scott

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