We didn't see this coming. The Stone Temple Pilots filed suit against Scott Weiland Friday and are asking for a judge to stop him for using the band's name and songs.
We expected legal action to result from the band's tiff, but thought Weiland would be the one to fire the first shot, since he was "terminated" in February. Then STP turned up last weekend at KROQ's 21st Annual Weenie Roast as surprise guests with a surprise new lead singer, Linkin Park's Chester Bennington.
STP perform with Bennington (Photo: C Flanigan)Weiland finally broke his silence on the matter on Friday in an open letter on his website, saying his old band's performance with Bennington was a "surprise" and it "hurt," and his former bandmates were misleading the band's millions of fans by calling their collaboration with Bennington Stone Temple Pilots.
Strangely, the band makes some of the same points in their lawsuit about the group's name as Weiland did in his letter. The group's other members — brothers guitarist Dean and bassist Robert DeLeo and drummer Eric Kretz — claim they own the rights to the band's name, songs, copyrights and trademarks and Weiland has no right to play the band's music in his solo shows.Read More »from Stone Temple Pilots Sue Scott Weiland