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On May 24th, 2013, Stone Temple Pilots filed suit against ex-vocalist Scott Weiland. Seems STP do not want Scott playing any of the Stone Temple Pilot songs while performing solo and also black him from billing himself a former member of STP in regards to any performances or recorded material.

The suit cites agreements the members of STP made in 1996 and 2010 in regards to the usage of their trademarks. It also states that Weiland was always late during their tours and that his struggles with addiction greatly hampered their earning potential when he was a member. The suit doesn’t stop there…Weiland had his lawyer call KROQ, Los Angeles, CA radio station, to stop them from playing “Out Of Time”.

Says Scott:“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.

~ Scott“

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