Scott Weiland Jabs at Bennington-Fronted STP: 'They Sold 35,000 Albums, STP Sold 40 Million

Not the best analogy, but OK.

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Recently asked about the state of Velvet Revolver affairs, vocalist Scott Weiland took an interesting detour, taking a jab at the current, Chester Bennington-fronted edition of Stone Temple Pilots as far inferior to the original.

"I heard they're auditioning new singers again," he told iChill about the VR fold. "Maybe I should go to the cattle call. It's a difficult situation. You've got the guys from Velvet Revolver and Guns N' Roses in a band. Who's really is going to [step in]? We did make it work and see success. But it's hard.

"It's like STP hiring Chester Bennington. They made an album and it sold 35,000 units. That's kind of unbelievable considering STP sold over 40 million and I'm sure Chester's band Linkin Park has sold pretty much the same amount. It didn't work, though. People weren't buying into it," he added.

Switching to the Wildabouts debut effort, Scott was pleased to report progress, saying, "It's sounding really cool. It's rock 'n' roll, but it's very indie rock 'n' roll. Much furrier and garage-sounding than either STP or Velvet Revolver. It's not an art project like the other two solo albums, it's a rock band. These guys are my closest friends and I get to write music with them. I haven't had that experience in a long time - probably since the first times I made a record with STP and Velvet Revolver."

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    35 000 is pretty good actually nowadays for a new album
    A more telling statistic: Number of bands Chester Bennington is currently in: Two. Number of bands Scott Weiland is currently in: Zero. How do you like them numbers now Scott?
    Thing is, theres probably 100,000 random guys out there who can do a far better Weiland impersonation than Chester (myself included). And it's OBVIOUS that's how Chester sings STP songs. He doesnt use his "own voice", he tries to imitate Scott and he's very, very bad at it. STP should have just stopped, or put up with Weiland's BS rather than trying to pull this scab job over on us. Dignity was lost.
    100% agree! Chester is definitely trying to sound like Scott and it's pitiful. Just go away already STP... as much as I enjoy their music with Scott, this whole attempt at keeping the Stone Temple-whatevers going is a tragic train wreck. Weiland-or-bust!
    He should. Now that I can't hear him sing in STP anymore, I'd really like him back in VR. Apart from his problems and difficulties he is still an amazing vocalist.
    Nevermind the album sales, the real difference between Weiland/STP and Bennington/STP is that Chester can be relied on to make the band work and Scott can't. He should be thankful at the least that the Deleos and Eric had the good grace to call it STP w/ Chester Bennington as opposed to flat out calling STP without him
    Cḿon Scott, get over it. If it makes you feel better you'll always be remembered as the original STP vocalist, not Chester. But just let it go, same with the VR thing
    STP's last album with Weiland didn't sell very well to those standards either. And we didn't have spotify or pandora when Core, Purple, Tiny Music, etc came out so our only options were to buy the albums, hence higher sales.
    I don't care if Weiland is the worst junkie scum ever, he's still better on his worst day than the clown from Lincoln Park.
    Linkin Park. Wouldn't care so much, but you've spelled it that way twice today so I felt compelled to inform you.
    Let me tell you something. I've seen both versions of STP live. I like the Chester version of it way more. Weiland sounds good on record but he sucks live.
    Never really rated him that high as a singer or even a frontman, congrats to him for the success he's had in his career but there seems to be thousand of better singers in the rock community nowadays, he just seems to get lost in the fold