Scott Weiland has 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.
Last month (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. Now Weiland has struck back by suing his former bandmates for at least $5 million (£3.3 million), Rolling Stone reports.
“How do you expel a man from a band that he started, named, sang lead on every song, wrote the lyrics and was the face of for 20 years, and then try to grab the name and goodwill for yourselves?” Weiland’s complaint reportedly reads. “You don’t, but three of the instrumentalists from the band ‘Stone Temple Pilots’ (the ‘Band’) tried.”
Stone Temple Pilots have since drafted in Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington as frontman and recently took to the stage with former Guns ‘N Roses pair Slash and Duff McKagen to play ‘All The Young Dudes’ at a benefit gig in LA. Weiland is now touring with his band The Outsiders, but the show is billed as “Scott Weiland – Purple at the Core feat. the music of Core and Purple” in reference to two classic Stone Temple Pilots albums.