Since it was announced that Stone Temple Pilots had decided to replace frontman Scott Weiland with Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington earlier this week, Weiland has remained relatively quiet regarding the recent developments in his band until Friday (May 24th). As it was reported on Tuesday (May 21st), STP introduced Bennington at an unannounced appearance at Los Angeles radio station KROQ’s annual Weenie Roast, in which fans roared during the band’s surprise set.
As for Weiland, news of his dismissal came as a surprise since he still regarded himself a member of STP, a band he fronted for two decades. In a letter to his fans that was released Friday night, Weiland did not hide the fact that he felt hurt when he heard the band had decided to replace him, since Weiland believed he was still part of the band. In February, the band announced Weiland was fired from STP, which Weiland claimed the band could not legally do as Weiland owns the rights to the band’s name. Weiland reiterated this claim in his letter which hinted at further legal action. “They don’t have the legal right to call themselves STP because I’m still a member of the band.” Weiland further stated that more importantly it’s misleading to the fans, noting that STP “don’t have the ethical right to call themselves Stone Temple Pilots.
“I don’t give a fuck what they call themselves, but it’s not Stone Temple Pilots,” Weiland asserted.
Known as one of the forefathers of 90’s alternative rock, Stone Temple Pilots came to prominence with such hits as “Plush,” “Vasoline” and “Sex Type Thing.” Weiland’s deep roaring vocals were primal, with ample amounts of sex and swagger in contrast to his much more angst-ridden contemporaries, while adopting a look more suited for 70’s glam rock than 90’s grunge. In recent times Weiland has been touring with his new band The Wildabouts, which Weiland will be touring with over the summer. While his future with STP remains unclear Weiland appeared to hold out hope for reconciliation at some point in time, begging his fans to continue supporting Stone Temple Pilots. “Don’t give up on STP,” Weiland asked his fans at the conclusion of his letter. “I know I haven’t.”
Read Weiland’s complete letter to his fans below. The Music Universe will provide further developments as it becomes available.
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.
Author: Rob Perez
Rob Perez is a freelance writer who has been with The Music Universe early on. As a Correspondent for The Music Universe, you will find him writing reviews and live tweeting awards shows.