‘Will you follow me, down and out? (No)’
Scott Weiland last performed with STP in 2012, and was fired by the band in February 2013 right before he started his Purple at the Core tour in a one sentence press release announcing his ‘termination.’ Weiland was replaced in May 2013 by Chester Bennington, which led to multimillion dollar lawsuits being filed.
STP first filed a lawsuit against Weiland after he attempted to stop KROQ from playing the new STP single, with the band stating, “Our purpose in taking this action is not to hurt Scott. We want to move forward productively, and Scott’s choices and actions have prevented us from doing that. We were in the process of putting our 20th anniversary tour together to celebrate the release of our first album, Core. The plan was for a big tour where we’d perform the album in its entirety, along with some other favorite STP songs. So, you might imagine our shock and disappointment when, without any notice, we learned that Scott had seized this tour for himself as his solo tour, and decided to do exactly what we as a group had planned. We found out about it the same way you did—we saw an ad for it.”
Without getting into legal details, the band has a binding agreement that clearly states what each of us can and cannot do outside of STP. Unfortunately many of the decisions Scott made violate this agreement, have been harmful to the band, and prevented us from moving forward.”
Weiland filed a $7 million dollar countersuit, claiming in his lawsuit, “How do you expel a man from the band that he started, named, sang lead on every song, wrote the lyrics, and was the face of for twenty years?”
Scott Weiland and the Wildabouts and Stone Temple Pilots With Chester Bennington are both working on new albums, and have toured off and on separately since splitting.