Speaking to Billboard, Weiland said he doesn’t think Bennington made the decision to join the band for ‘spiteful’ reasons. Weiland commented: “I’ve known Chester for a long time. I got to be pretty close with him on the Family Values Tour [in 2001]. I don’t think Chester did it in a spiteful way.”
However, he added of his former bandmates Robert DeLeo and Dean DeLeo: “The brothers DeLeo can be pretty persuasive… I guess nothing is totally shocking, but… I don’t think it was smart for them to do that. I’m surprised they did what they did without checking the legality of it, how they just decided to go and use the name and go and hire another singer and start playing shows with a name that I still am an owner of.”
Weiland recently filed a countersuit against Stone Temple Pilots, claiming the band have no legal right to remove him from the lineup. The former frontman was fired from the long-running US rock band back in February. Tensions rose between the band members when Weiland was warned against playing a solo tour during which he would perform 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. Weiland struck back by suing his former bandmates for at least $5 million (£3.3 million).