Former Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland has a simple solution to the legal battle brewing between him and his ex-bandmates: he wants them to buy out his stake in the group. Speaking with a Florida radio station, Weiland continued to insist that STP cannot use the band name without all four original members in the lineup, saying, "They can't use the name with me not being in the band without us coming to an agreement. They'll have to buy me out of the company because I have major value in the company and in the brand. The lawyers will deal with it."
- Weiland also said, "There's a band agreement, a band contract agreement. They didn't follow the rules that were set down . . . for any member. There has to be a reason for letting go a member; you have to give them a certain period of time to do whatever different you want them to do."
- STP fired Weiland last February and sued him for hindering the group's career through his own behavior as well as by playing STP material on his solo tours. Weiland countersued based on his claims about the band name.
- Guitarist Dean DeLeo told us that despite the drama, the remaining members did not want to diminish what the original group achieved: "We are very aware of what the four of us created together. When the four of us were together and we made records and we made music, the end result was pretty good. I was usually pretty satisfied with it. But getting there was miserable. But you know, I'm very proud and very honored to have made these musical contributions with the four of us, and I think it's important that we recognize that, you know."
- STP has regrouped with Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington and their first song together, called "Out Of Time," has gone to the top of the rock charts.
- The quartet will release a five-song EP this fall, in conjunction with a North American tour that kicks off on September 4th in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania and winds down on September 27th in Las Vegas.
- Scott Weiland has just wrapped up his latest round of solo dates, on which he's been performing tracks from the first two STP records, Core and Purple.
WHAT DO YOU THINK???
- Should STP just buy out Weiland's portion of the band and have this behind them, instead of dealing with a potentially long legal battle?
- Do you think Weiland has the right to ask for his portion of the band's business to be bought out?
- Regardless of how you feel about STP continuing without Weiland, who do you think has the better legal ground to stand on?
INTERNET COMMENTS at Loudwire and Classic Rock -- agree or not?
topper wrote: "STP without Scott Weiland is not STP. it would be really good if he and Slash were able to sort their differences amicably over Velvet Revolver. unfortunately i can't see it happening anytime soon."
Trooperlou wrote: "there better off without him."
Tom Whiting wrote: "Awww, poor poor drug and alcohol crazed Scott Weiland. Did you FORGET, perhaps to mention the fact that YOU started this? That YOU, specifically took the work of your co-authors and started playing it live? PA-THE-TIC."
Simon John Canning wrote: "Self obsessed lead singer only thinking of themselves? No way!"
Geoffrey Waumans wrote: "Congratulations Scotty! You've now estranged 2 excellent bands! The only reason your solo band is sticking with you is for a paycheck."
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