We didn't see this coming. The Stone Temple Pilots filed suit against Scott Weiland Friday and are asking for a judge to stop him for using the band's name and songs.
We expected legal action to result from the band's tiff, but thought Weiland would be the one to fire the first shot, since he was "terminated" in February. Then STP turned up last weekend at KROQ's 21st Annual Weenie Roast as surprise guests with a surprise new lead singer, Linkin Park's Chester Bennington.
Weiland finally broke his silence on the matter on Friday in an open letter on his website, saying his old band's performance with Bennington was a "surprise" and it "hurt," and his former bandmates were misleading the band's millions of fans by calling their collaboration with Bennington Stone Temple Pilots.
Strangely, the band makes some of the same points in their lawsuit about the group's name as Weiland did in his letter. The group's other members — brothers guitarist Dean and bassist Robert DeLeo and drummer Eric Kretz — claim they own the rights to the band's name, songs, copyrights and trademarks and Weiland has no right to play the band's music in his solo shows.
Weiland has a new slate of shows lined up with his side project, Scott Weiland and the Wildabouts, performing STP songs on the Purple at the Core tour, named for the band's first two albums.
The lawsuit also makes some other interesting claims. It says that Weiland went full diva on the band, communicating with his bandmates only through his lawyers and managers. It also claims that he was often late to the band's shows on their 2012 tour and that his well-documented addiction problems led to poor shows, which cut into the band's profits.
In addition, the suit claims that Weiland's handlers tried to interfere with the group's comeback with Bennington, by calling the program director at KROQ Los Angeles and claiming that playing the band's new track with Bennington, "Out of Time," would infringe on Weiland's rights.
In closing, the suit states, "Enough is enough. Without relief from the court Weiland will continue violating STP's rights, misappropriating STP assets, and interfering with the band's livelihood."
Your move, Weiland.