Stone Temple Pilots members Robert DeLeo, Dean DeLeo and Eric Kretz explained their decision to file a lawsuit against former lead singer Scott Weiland and announce Linkin Park's Chester Bennington as their new vocalist. In a statement posted on the official Stone Temple Pilots web site, the DeLeo brothers and Kretz wrote: "You may have read we recently filed suit against our former singer, Scott Weiland. We wanted to clarify a few things: Our purpose in taking this action is not to hurt Scott. We want to move forward productively, and Scott's choices and actions have prevented us from doing that."
"We were in the process of putting our 20th anniversary tour together to celebrate the release of our first album, 'Core'. The plan was for a big tour where we'd perform the album in its entirety, along with some other favorite STP songs. So, you might imagine our shock and disappointment when, without any notice, we learned that Scott had seized this tour for himself as his solo tour, and decided to do exactly what we as a group had planned. We found out about it the same way you did — we saw an ad for it."
"Without getting into legal details, the band has a binding agreement that clearly states what each of us can and cannot do outside of STP. Unfortunately many of the decisions Scott made violate this agreement, have been harmful to the band, and prevented us from moving forward. "
"When our requests to Scott and his representatives that they abide by the agreement were ignored, we finally had enough. So now, we've made our choice. It was beyond time we made some new music, which was impossible in the dysfunctional environment we were in. We've lived in it long enough and have decided to move forward with STP. We wish Scott well. "
"We're really excited about the new music we've been making with Chester, including the song we just released, 'Out Of Time'. We love this band and respect everything it means to you. We want to always give you our best and the choice we made is completely in that spirit."
Bennington meanwhile has promised to "make a lot" of music with Stone Temple Pilots, and said he and the band will be heading to the studio soon to "hammer out some more music". He told Rolling Stone.com: "We don't have a label. Everything we're doing is on our own, so we're just taking it one track at a time. We would love to sit down and hammer out a record, but the reality is we're gonna make music, we're gonna make a lot of it, and we're gonna be in a position to release a single at a time, go out and really give people music the way they want to get it. It is a good position to be in, and for us, all we care about is going out, making the legacy as great as it needs to be, as great as people expect it to be, and coming out with new music that lives up to that standard."
Talking about his decision to join the band and the difference between Stone Temple Pilots and Linkin Park, Bennington said: "Every band has its own kind of vibe. Stone Temple Pilots has this sexier, more classic rock feel to it. Linkin Park is a very modern, very tech-heavy type of band. I grew up listening to these guys. When this opportunity came up, it was just like a no-brainer." More and more and more
The new lineup of STONE TEMPLE PILOTS performed Thursday night at the ninth annual MusiCares MAP Fund benefit concert at Club Nokia in Los Angeles. Joining the band on stage were former Guns N Roses members Slash and Duff McKagan.
The band spoke with Artisan News on the red carpet of the event.