Scott Weiland to STP: 'I Will Not Sit Around and Destroy the Brand of This Band'

Singer calls his former bandmates disrespectful and selfish, stressing they can't make it without him.

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Former Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland seems to firmly believe that his former bandmates can't make it without him.

During a recent interview with AZ Central, the singer revealed several new details regarding the situation within the band prior to his firing back in late February.

Judging by his statements, Weiland was looking to talk the band into taking a break and focusing on the new album. He pointed out that he was aware that the group's popularity is dwindling and felt the need to take action.

"Well, originally, before the whole STP thing blew up, I said, 'Look, we need to take a break. We need to make an album,'" the vocalist started. "'We've been playing the same (expletive) set for four years. Without a change. We've been watching ourselves go from playing 20,000-seat arenas to county fairs and 2,000-seat casinos.'"

"I said, 'I will not sit around and destroy the brand of this band. I will not do it. Will not do it. We have to get in the studio and make new music.' That's what we loved to do in the first place. We were artists. We were creators. They didn't see things the same way. They had different management. Their managers, who are just basically booking agents, to put it lightly, they have no problem with STP and its legacy being destroyed. So they can say Guys From STP. But they've already done two bands and failed."

Weiland clearly regretted the entire drama his departure started, saying, "Do I want to see that, everything that we grew turn into a circus sideshow? No (expletive) way."

The vocalist also talked about his current opinions of the DeLeo brothers, calling them disrespectful and selfish, stressing there is a slim chance for them to make it without him.

"You know, I don't really think about it a lot," Weiland said. "I think about how disrespectful they are, sometimes, in between a sip of coffee and a hit of my cigarette. I think about how selfish they are and how much it blows me away that after two times of trying this, they still think they have any opportunity of doing it without me.

"And it's not me saying that I'm the greatest because you know what? I'm not. John Lennon. Paul McCartney. They are ... better than I am. But as far as this band goes? The vision? The artistic direction of the band? And trying to keep them from sounding like Rush? I'm sorry. I have to be totally honest. It was me. I'm guilty. I kept them from doing it. That's all I've got to say."

As previously reported, Weiland was recently replaced in STP by Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington. Scott's former bandmates also took legal action and are now suing him for breach of contract.

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    This doesn't sound like a guy who was booted for failing rehab. It sounds like someone who was looking for the best interests of the future of the band. Which makes the whole state of affairs...sad. Even though I do think Chester is a good replacement.
    Agreed. If he is truthful, then I believe he was doing the right thing. But, his reputation doesn't do anything good for him.
    Exactly. Assuming that he is being truthful, and this is not some deranged junkie spew like from Courtney Love, then I feel like he really is just looking out for the legacy of the band. Has he pulled shady BS before? Yes. With Velvet Revolver as well? Yes. Does that mean that he is still a drug fueled frontman who loves fame more than music? Not at all. This shows how much he cares about his artistic vision and the legacy of his band. Good for Scott, maybe one day he'll stop being a narcissist and we can all enjoy STP's music without band drama
    Concrete Jesus
    I would not pay money to see STP play the same old songs. They have turned into a nostalgia act. If you want to grunge it up, drag out some flannel, and go see an STP set, then you are in luck. Otherwise, not so much.
    No, it sounds like a guy who's playing an ultimate sacrifice, that doesn't want to show that he was actually fired for being high all the time he should be clear-minded and onstage or on the rehearsals.
    Exactly.. And he's trying to sound so humble... "John Lennon. Paul McCartney. They are ... better than I am." Well John is dead so you must really be bad and Paul, well he doesn't sound bad but he is really old so if he's still better than you, shame.
    Youre stupid he's not talking about Lennon and McCartney NOW he's talking about them during THE BEATLES.
    Paul McCartney is old, therefor, he's got a TON of experience. He probably sounds better than a lot of us.
    This has to be one of the saddest replies I've seen in a comment thread in a while. Either you're being a huge troll or you're just a misinformed child. Either way, lets leave the music talk to the grown-ups, ok?
    He'll still rape you guitar-wise. Dont even play, that guy has more guitar knowledge than you'll ever learn. Troll.
    ...I'm the troll? I was defending McCartney. I guess you were talking to fromzero.
    Dear Scott, Make your own super-band! Successes... Weiland: STP, VR, and Solo Career DeLeo Bros.: STP Work hard, show up on time, and make the DeLeo Bros regret their decision. You got this man!
    "I will not sit around and destroy the brand of this band." I'm guessing he'll RUN around and destroy the brand of the band, then?
    Gerard Way Jr
    The whole thing's a (expletive) mess. I suppose only time will tell whether the band gets back on track once this shit's over, but Weiland sure does seem to think it won't happen. Despite the affection I have for Bennington, I wonder if Scott isn't entirely wrong here.
    Think about it he is right. Its bad enough that they only did a few albums in 20 years (mostly due to Weiland)but if they want to remain relevant and sell out the big arenas, they need t produce new material...
    I think Weiland should just take a note from Jello Biafra and all the drama with him and the Dead Kennedys. Yeah it sucks the band you helped create has a different singer purely for the reason of making money but move on, do your own thing, and have fun with it. Why waste time with ridiculous lawsuits that are just gonna build an even bigger rift between them and you. Be your own man and don't rely on people who would rather make money than music.
    Come on man.....why do we have to bring Rush into this? Rush has been making music with the same line up since 1975. No bullshit, not heroin, no ego, no breakups, no bad mouthing each other. If you don't want to sound like Rush that is your prerogative. But maybe Scott might want to take some career advice from those guys. Love them or hate them they are still out there touring AND making new music.
    I'm not an STP fan but I was in complete agreement right up until he brought Rush into it. They have done way more than Mr. Weiland can ever dream of. Good job pissing off the Rush fanbase as well as your band and, apparently, a lot of your fans.
    it's such a sad statement to read- the going from 20,000 seat arenas to casinos. I understand where Scott's coming from, but I don't understand the comment about Rush. Can someone please elaborate? I'm not 100% on my STP history. I'm excited for the Chester Bennington collaboration though. Hopefully after that, Scott will return. The way I see this, it's sort of like when Motley Crue (don't think I'm comparing the two. I hate Crue) collaborated with John Corabi.
    Gerard Way Jr
    Rush kind of fell off for doing the same things for numerous records in a row and losing -the touch-. I'm guessing he was talking about keeping STP out of a similar rut.
    he said he was keeping them from sounding like rush, not making the same mistake as rush. STP with a bit of prog and Chester on vocals... This might get interesting. Although I'm probably just seeing this the way I would like it to be...
    Obviously you have no clue. Rush are amongst the greatest rock bands of all time, were recently inducted into the R'nR HOF, and continue to sell out arenas around the world to this day. Their current tour is testimony to that, as is their latest studio release, Clockwork Angels. STP will never come close to having a hint of the talent that Rush has, or the success.
    reread what people are writing here, or continue to put words in their mouths to write some ridiculous "rush's balls in your mouth" whining...
    I find it interesting he brought up Rush, since STP's song Sour Girl pretty much has the exact same riff as Rush's Fly by Night.
    Seriously? Sometimes I think people are just trying to hear what they want to hear...
    I know exactly what you are comparing in those two songs, but it's a huuuge stretch.
    I always thought the Sour Girl riff sounded a lot like the riff that plays during the solo part (and at the very very end of the song) in Soundgarden's Black Hole Sun...
    I thought their last album was a big step in the right direction, -shrug-.
    It had a few good songs, but it was pretty forgettable to me. I'd probably put it higher than Shangri La De Da (just never could get into that one). For their albums, I'd go: Purple Core No. 4 Tiny Music Self Titled Shangri
    " And trying to keep them from sounding like Rush? " if these dudes sounded a bit more like Rush I'd listen to them more, good play dude, keeping me away, xD
    Dear Axl Im sorry but Ive had to take the Douche Bag Award away from you and take it for myself. Sincerely Scott Weiland
    Seems to be bands don't do well once Scott leaves them, but Scott hasn't had any success on his own, either. STP is one of those bands that is dominated by the lead singer. It would be much easier to replace every member of the band than Weiland and have it sound the same.