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.
    Velvet Revolver reunion? please?
    That won't happen. Slash is having a lot of success with Slash and the conspirators to bother with a VR reunion
    But I don't like Miles Kennedy's need to always sing really high notes with constant use of vibrato.. Oh well, guess I can like a different band.
    Every singer has its own range... but i gotta admit Kennedy's range is one of the highest.. not a huge fan of that either but he gives it all, no doubt about it
    I really like Myles Kennedy, but during live performances he clearly doesn't give it his all, BUT that's why his voice isn't shit after all these years and he still sounds great and there's nothing wrong with that.
    I saw them at Rock The Park last year and he sure seemed to be giving it all he had. Great performance despite the rain in the earlier bands set!
    Does this mean STP will now incorporate more prog influences, a la Rush? Cause yeah, that could be awesome...
    STP hasn't made anything good since 1997, why is this still a thing?
    I disagree. Shangri-la-de-da was a good album even though it took me a few years to appreciate it. I enjoyed No. 4 as well. Their self-titled wasn't anything special, although I like some of the songs.
    Agreed, I love STP but I will only listen to Purple, Core, and a little bit of No. 4. They've had their best moments and have passed their peak. Jumped the shark. I know some of you may say otherwise but in my honest opinion, their best stuff was in the 90's and even that wasn;t AMAZING. So everything they've put out since all this drama is just below mediocre. Chester has a great voice but Weiland's was what made STP.
    Tiny Music has a few solid tracks on it as well, but nothing comes close to the first two albums (Purple is tops in my book, a great record)
    kill it
    Chester is talented and a decent replacement but when Weiland is running on all cylinders he's a much better vocalist and fit for STP. I guess time will tell.
    Seems like he finally has his head on straight. The only question now is too little or too late?
    Carl Hungus
    This band is teetering on the brink of irrelevance which is sad since they used to be such a force. I remember seeing them back in 2001 in a 20,000 person arena along with the Chili Pepppers and both bands sounded amazing. Is this the end of an era?
    I would have thought Weiland was referring to Rush going on tour to play the anniversary of "Moving Pictures," but of course they took a page from that book - didn't they. So, I have to believe he's referring to the lyrics and lead man meaning more than the music, which of course isn't true. Maybe he was misquoted.
    Did Linkin Park break up then cause that's awesome. Then it will be awesome when this STP fails miserably. Scott is STP its hard to hear but it's true.
    I'm pretty sure I was reading a lot of this in the recent Geoff Tate article, especially the part about the band being referred to as a 'brand' and it was all rubbish coming from his mouth too
    Wasn't Weiland talking about wanting to rejoin Velvet revolver some time back, to which Slash said no f-ing way.??. saying Weiland is a fake and delusional. Wasn't Weiland originally advertising his own band playing on touring by playing Core in full(which was retracked)?? Isn't Weiland's own band members dropping out?? Wasn't STP getting bad reviews due to poor performances, late, canceled shows, etc? AS much as I like his vocals, lyrics, and what he made, he has become an anchor. Pulling down everyone with him, while he cannot conquer his demons. Even his ex-wife Mary came to this conclusion in her book.
    Gotta admit I'm with the DeLeo Bros. on this. Talk Show & Army of Anyone were both great albums; not STP but still fine sounds. Scott is a headcase with talent, sometimes that's a good mix & sometimes bad. As for solo tours do your own stuff. Bennington eh.. not a LP fan and raprock in general is not my thing. It(Out of Time)didn't sound bad though but I'd rather a second Talk Show or Army record. Listen Scott ya burned two bands now with this shit; write some new solo stuff that'll blow the doors off or shut up. Ya say we've been playing the same set for four years yet ya take yer solo band out to do the same? Yer ****ed up dude get the help ya need friend. Go DeLeo's love everything you guys do.
    whyyy is he bad mouthing Rush? can anyone answer that or did i just misread? STP is nowhere close to Rush, sorry
    The only explicable reason for someone like Scott Weiland to bash on Rush is pure jealousy. Rush is more talented, famous, sold more albums, made more music, made a lot more GOOD music, still tours and actually changes up the set list... STP doesn't have a single thing on Rush. Oh wait, they have Plush, which features the same two ****ing riffs for the entire song and is their most played track to date... Sad. Take some tips from Rush and you guys may actually have a stable band for a few extra years.
    I'm sure Weiland's... well Weilandness was a bigger part of the breakup, but (as crazy as even I think this sounds) I think he does have a decent point. I could see why not making new music and just rehashing the same hits over and over again live would get frustrating. In the end though, I'd buy more into what he was saying if he wasn't such a headcase and so hard to get along with. Harsh but true.
    Yet as soon as Chester joins the gang, they immediately made a new song and started writing an album... Sounds like the real story is that Scott was holding them back from making new material. Who is making material currently? STP. Who isn't? Scott. Whom, incidentally is too busy bitching about STP and how they held him back from the creative process... Ironic.