Scott Weiland vs. Stone Temple Pilots – Readers Poll
Things have definitely turned contentious between Stone Temple Pilots and their former frontman, Scott Weiland. The band recently returned to the stage and to the airwaves with Linkin Park‘s Chester Bennington fronting the group and it’s definitely not sitting well with Weiland, who was ousted from the band back in February of this year.
The singer penned an open letter Friday (May 24) proclaiming that he was taken by surprise by STP’s return and he feels it’s wrong of the group to present themselves using the Stone Temple Pilots name. In his statement, Weiland explained, “I don’t give a f— what they call themselves, but it’s not Stone Temple Pilots, and so I say to you, our fans, I’ll see you out there on the road this summer where I’m touring as ‘Scott Weiland’ with my band The Wildabouts.”
Meanwhile, the three remaining members of Stone Temple Pilots aren’t exactly thrilled with Weiland either, even though they parted ways with him earlier this year. They just filed a lawsuit against the singer, claiming that he plotted to sabotage their 20th Anniversary tour, consistently showing up late to shows and missing others, thus forcing them to miss out on significant opportunities. Despite Weiland’s claims of using his own name, the band feels that he’s improperly used the STP moniker to further his solo career. In addition, they say he’s interfered with their plans to move on and they’ve grown tired of his attempts to tamper with their livelihood. They’ve asked for a court ruling that would once and for all determine who has the rights to the band’s name so that they may continue without interference.
As both sides seem destined for a court battle, this Readers Poll asks you which side you feel is in the right. Let us know by casting your vote in the Readers Poll below: