Scott Weiland 'Surprised' And 'Hurt' By Stone Temple Pilots' Lawsuit

05/29/2013
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(Radio.com) On Saturday, May 18, Stone Temple Pilots Robert DeLeo, Dean DeLeo and Eric Kretz took surprised concertgoers at KROQ's Weenie Roast in Irvine, Calif. with an unannounced performance and a new lead singer. Linkin Park's Chester Bennington had been tapped to replace Scott Weiland, with the performance winning the new foursome favorable reviews.

In an interview with the group backstage, guitarist Dean DeLeo revealed that communication with their recently-fired frontman had become impossibly difficult. DeLeo explained Weiland had "changed his numbers years ago and didn't forward the new ones" to the band.

Less than a week later, the band stunned the rock community by suing Weiland. In a complaint filed at the Los Angeles Superior Court, the band accused their ex-frontman of misappropriating the band's name and assets to further his solo career. A quick search of setlist.com shows Weiland had regularly played Stone Temple Pilots songs during his solo concerts.

In the court filing, the band also claimed Weiland caused STP to lose lucrative business opportunities for live performances and other appearances, which cost the band millions.

As STP's filing continues, upon learning of a radio promotion revolving around a new STP song with Bennington, Weiland is said to have attempted to interfere with airplay of "Out of Time" by calling Los Angeles radio station KROQ, claiming the band was infringing on Weiland's rights.

Scott Weiland posted an open letter to his fans on Friday (May 24) explaining that the band has no legal right to call themselves STP without him. Read it here.

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