Scott Weiland has claimed that Stone Temple Pilots will have to “buy me out of the company” following his dismissal from the band.
The former frontman was fired from the long-running US rock band back in February. 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 subsequent filed a countersuit against Stone Temple Pilots, claiming the band have no legal right to remove him from the line-up.
In an interview with Florida-based radio station 98.7 The Gater on Thursday (August 22), Blabbermouth.net reports, Weiland gave an update on the legal situation.
“We’re in litigation,” Weiland explained. “There’s a band agreement – a band contract agreement. They didn’t follow the rules that were set down as to… for any member, if you were to… There has to be a reason for letting go a member, you have to give them a certain period of time to deal with it whatever different ways you want them to do.”
Weiland continued: “But it’s just ridiculous, ’cause they can’t use the name with me not being in the band without us coming to an agreement. So I just don’t really see that… They’ll have buy me out of the company, because I have major value in the company and in the brand. So that’s where we’re at. The lawyers will deal with it.”
The fired frontman is currently touring the US as Scott Weiland & The Wildabouts. Stone Temple Pilots begin a tour of the US, Japan and New Zealand next month (September) with new frontman Chester Bennington, formerly of Linkin Park.