Stone Temple Pilots sue ex-frontman Scott Weiland
FILE - This April 30, 2010 file photo shows the Stone Temple Pilots, from left, Dean Deleo, Eric Kretz, Robert Deleo, and Scott Weiland from the band Stone Temple Pilots, pose for a portrait in Santa Monica, Calif. Stone Temple Pilots have accused the band’s former frontman Weiland of hijacking its name and songs to promote his solo career. The lawsuit filed Friday, May 24, 2013, in Los Angeles accuses Weiland of being chronically late to concerts and interfering with the release of a new single by the group. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles, file)
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Stone Temple Pilots accuse former frontman Scott Weiland of misusing the band's name to further his solo career and want a judge to strip the rocker of his ability to use the group's name or songs.
A lawsuit filed Friday in Los Angeles accuses Weiland of being chronically late to concerts while the group was together and having his lawyer attempt to interfere with the airplay of the group's new single "Out of Time."
Weiland and Stone Temple Pilots parted ways in February, and the 45-year-old singer said at the time that he learned of his ouster from a statement released to the media.
The lawsuit sheds light on the band's breakup, accusing Weiland of interacting with band mates only through lawyers or managers and showing up late to the group's 2012 shows. It cites Weiland's addiction struggles and poor performances as detriments to the band's earning potential.
"The band endured much strife and lost significant opportunities because of Weiland," the suit states.
In a message posted to his website Friday, Weiland said his former band mates shouldn't call themselves Stone Temple Pilots either.
"First of all they don't have the legal right to call themselves STP because I'm still a member of the band," he said. "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."
FILE - In this Saturday, May 18, 2013 file photo, Stone Temple Pilots performs at the 2013 KROQ Weenie Roast at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre in Los Angeles. Stone Temple Pilots have accused the band’s former frontman Scott Weiland of hijacking its name and songs to promote his solo career. The lawsuit filed Friday, May 24, 2013, in Los Angeles accuses Weiland of being chronically late to concerts and interfering with the release of a new single by the group. (Photo by Katy Winn/Invision/AP, file)
The suit claims the band owns the rights to the name Stone Temple Pilots, and the band's songs, copyrights and trademarks. Weiland has used many of the band's hits in his solo shows, the lawsuit states. The band wants a judge to block him from even calling himself a former member of the band.
The band has been reconstituted with Chester Bennington of Linkin Park taking the frontman role.
Although he did not mention the lawsuit, Weiland disputed that he is using the band's name to promote his new shows.
"When I tour on my own, it's never as Stone Temple Pilots. It's as Scott Weiland," he wrote. "The fans deserve to know what they're getting."
The lawsuit claims that Weiland's lawyer called the head of programming at KROQ, a Los Angeles modern rock station, and said if the station played "Out of Time" it would be infringing on Weiland's rights.