By: Gary Graff
It may seem like a betrayal of sorts, but Scott Weiland says he's not angry with Linkin Park's Chester Bennington for taking his place in Stone Temple Pilots.
Weiland, who was officially fired from the band on February 27, tells us that the real bad guys in his mind are his former bandmates, not Bennington:
"I've known Chester for a long time. I got to be pretty close to him on the (2001) Family Values Tour...I don't think Chester did it in a spiteful way. I'm sure, I mean, the brothers DeLeo can be pretty persuasive."
Weiland is referencing STP guitarist Dean DeLeo and bassist Robert DeLeo, who along with drummer Eric Kretz are continuing the group with Bennington; STP has released a new single, "Out of Time," and plans to release an EP this fall, with a tour starting Sept. 4.
Weiland is currently touring with his own band, the Wildabouts, and says he's 12 songs into a new album he hopes to complete before year's end.
Weiland and STP have sued each other over the schism, with both cases pending in Los Angeles courts. Weiland tells us that he's still disappointed by this turn of events in the group`s history:
"My feelings were definitely hurt because it wasn't something that was handled right at all...I don't think that it was smart for them to do that...I've played with them for a long time. But then on another side of it, I can't say that I'm that surprised. There's things that have happened in the past that are somewhat similar...so I guess nothing is totally shocking. But I am surprised...at what they did and without checking the legality of it, how they just decided to go and use the (band) name and go and hire another singer and start playing shows with a name that I still am an owner of."
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