From the AP, via the Houston Chronicle:
The Stone Temple Pilots accuse former frontman Scott Weiland of misusing the band’s name to further his solo career and want a judge to strip the rocker of his ability to use the group’s name or songs.
A lawsuit filed Friday in Los Angeles accuses Weiland of being chronically late to concerts while the group was together and having his lawyer attempt to interfere with the airplay of the group’s new single “Out of Time.”…
In a message posted to his website Friday, Weiland said his former band mates shouldn’t call themselves Stone Temple Pilots either.
“First of all they don’t have the legal right to call themselves STP because I’m still a member of the band,” he said. “And more importantly, they don’t have the ethical right to call themselves Stone Temple Pilots because it’s misleading and dishonest to the millions of fans that have followed us for so many years.”
Wow. Scott Weiland’s full of shit. How exactly is it misleading and dishonest to call the band STP without him? It’s not as if it’s any kind of secret what’s going on, especially now. I’ve already been over this before, but it’s worth pointing out again that not that many lineups remain the same over the course of the bands’ careers. Granted, some bands have had fewer lineup changes than others, and not all of those lineup changes have involved lead singers, but the point still stands. And if the accusations of STP’s other members are correct here, Weiland either cannot or will not deliver on a professional level anymore for whatever reasons. That being the case, it strikes me that they have every right to replace him. If it revitalizes the band and protects the value of the name, then why not replace him?