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.