About This Whole Chester-Bennington-Singing-for-STP-Thing: Weiland’s Pissed

I’m surprised it took this long for Scott Weiland to issue a statement on STP’s apparent plan to continue with Linkin Park’s frontman singing his songs:

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

(Via Facebook)

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2 thoughts on “About This Whole Chester-Bennington-Singing-for-STP-Thing: Weiland’s Pissed

  • In one part he claims he's still a member of STP – but near the end he refers to the others as his former bandmates. Make up your mind Scott, you can't have it both ways, if you're in the band they aren'ty former bandmates, and if they are former bandmates then you aren't in the band.

    Maybe the remainder of STP should take a page from Scott's other former band Velvet Revolver and even if it feels like 3/4 of the same band, use a new name to differentiate themselves from their era w/Scott.

  • They already tried to do this before and when they unleashed "Talk Show" on us. They still owe me my money back for that one.


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