Stone Temple Pilots bassist Robert DeLeo has said that the band “didn’t have any other choice” but to fire former singer Scott Weiland.
Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington is now fronting the band, who will release a new EP titled ‘High Rise’ on October 8, but their relationship with Weiland has continued to sour since his dismissal in February of this year. Tensions rose between band members when Weiland was warned against playing a solo tour featuring a performance of the band’s early album ‘Core’, but went ahead and played the gigs anyway.
In May, Stone Temple Pilots filed a lawsuit to stop Weiland from using the band’s name or performing their songs, claiming his dismissal was caused by addiction and persistent tardiness. The singer subsequently filed a countersuit against Stone Temple Pilots, claiming the band have no legal right to remove him from the line-up.
Now, speaking to Rolling Stone about the decision to fire Weiland, DeLeo said: “It was a very difficult decision to terminate the face of your band. There are many paths to the the history of certain bands and each one is a little different, but it all kind of turns out the same at the end. But it was a very difficult decision to do that. That’s as big as it gets. But we didn’t really have any other choice.”
DeLeo, who also said he couldn’t discuss the matter freely because of “legal things”, said that he and his bandmates had “always looked out for Scott’s best interests and tried to be a great friend to someone who didn’t really care to be friends with us” and added: “I want to have fucking fun, man, making music.”
Bennington also spoke about the rift between Stone Temple Pilots and their former singer. “I really respect the decision these guys have made. I also understand how incredibly difficult having that conversation would be,” he said. “At the same time, it isn’t a surprise. Everybody who knows the band understands why decisions have been made. This is something I don’t necessarily need – I have a great career with a great bunch of guys who I love deeply, and we make awesome music together.”
“There’s no need for me to do this, but at the same time I do realise this is their life,” he continued. “This is how they’re gonna pay their bills and put their kids through college, this is how they’re gonna want to spend the rest of their lives. So by saying yes to that means I’m 100 per cent in as well.”
‘High Rise’ will mark the first official release from Stone Temple Pilots with Bennington as frontman and includes their previous single ‘Out Of Time’. The tracklisting is as follows:
‘Out of Time’
‘Same On The Inside’