June 4, 2013


Fired Vocalist Scott Weiland Countersues Stone Temple Pilots

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Not long after debuting Linkin Park's Chester Bennington as the new lead singer of Stone Temple Pilots, the '90s alt-rockers filed lawsuit against fired frontman Scott Weiland to prevent him from playing STP material in his solo shows.

Weiland, unsurprisingly, didn't take this attempt to ban him from his own music lightly. The troubled rock singer has now filed a countersuit against his former bandmates for their alleged attempt to mar his solo career. Weiland is looking to get $5 million in damages from his former cohorts out of this whole mess.

While STP claims Weiland's addiction troubles and strained performances forced them to fire him, the ousted singer is slamming his erstwhile bandmates as mere "instrumentalists."

"How do you expel a man from a band that he started, named, sang lead on every song, wrote the lyrics, and was the face of for 20 years, and then try to grab the name and goodwill for yourselves?" asks Weiland's lawsuit. "You don't, but three of the instrumentalists from the band Stone Temple Pilots tried."

He has a point, but in the words of another '90s relic, "That was way harsh."