In a new interview, Filter frontman Richard Patrick has defended Stone Temple Pilots for firing frontman Scott Weiland.
Speaking with MusicFrenzy (via Blabbermouth) Patrick, who worked with STP's Robert and Dean DeLeo in Army of Anyone, alleged that Weiland's addictions were to blame for his departure:
"We all want Scott to be Scott, but Scott's not even really Scott. I love him, but he's transformed into a very different person. Bless his heart, and I hope he gets sober and everything. But I was in Army of Anyone for years working on that record and producing it, and I heard a lot of stuff [about what it was like being in a band with Scott].
"It's sad that three guys have to sit around and wait for someone to show up to a rehearsal. And they've been there for two weeks working, and the singer hasn't even shown up. And you get onstage and the guy doesn't even know how to sing his own songs. And it's pathetic. And it's sad for everybody."
Patrick also went on to state that STP fans who defend Weiland are enabling his behavior and pushing him towards his death:
"The amount of sh-t that [the fans] give the band for trying to have a normal life [with a new singer]... When the crowd, especially [for] STP, is the biggest enabler for Scott - when they're sh-tting all over Chester, when they're sh-ting all over me for being in Army of Anyone, when they're sh-tting all over these people that try and just... You know, the band - Robert, Dean... - and [the fans are] just sticking up for Scott, and they have no idea of [what is going on] behind the scenes. And it's actually... They're pushing him into his death, because they're making him believe that, 'Whatever I did is acceptable. And I can be as high as I want. And I can do as much drugs as I want.'"
He continued: "[Some STP fans say], 'He's a bada-s rock 'n' roll star. You can't have STP without Scott Weiland.' Okay, well, you're gonna get what you want - he'll be a rock-star legend that died in a hotel room with a needle sticking out of his arm, and it will not be a cool thing, and it will be sad, and his kids will be traumatized... It's bizarre that the biggest enabler for Scott is the audience... at least [as] of a couple of years ago. I don't know what it's like now."