Stone Temple Pilots is suing Scott Weiland. On Friday the members of Stone Temple Pilots filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court. The lawsuit (click here to read the full thing) claims that Weiland's behavior hurt the band. The suit cites his frequent tardiness at concerts, drug addiction, and his attempt to keep a radio station from playing Stone Temple Pilots' new song, Out of Time.
Scott Weiland's late appearances and drug addiction have been well documented. But, the new story is his attempt to keep a radio station from playing a song. According to the lawsuit, Scott Weiland's lawyer contacted a Los Angeles radio station and claimed the band was infringing on Weiland's rights. The programmers of the station were advised to "back off" their support of the song.
Stone Temple Pilots say that the amount of money that Weiland owes will be "proven at trial." They say his contract is worth over $2 million. They also want Weiland to stop using the "Stone Temple Pilots" name to promote himself. This means that they do not want Weiland to call himself "Scott Weiland formerly of Stone Temple Pilots" or anything similar.
On his website, which references Weiland's "Purple at the Core" tour (Purple and Core are STP's two biggest selling albums), the singer posted an open letter to fans. In part, it read:
"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...they don't have the ethical right to call themselves Stone Temple Pilots because it's misleading and dishonest...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...I don't give a f*ck what they call themselves, but it's not Stone Temple Pilots. "