Scott Weiland has told Stone Temple Pilots that if they want rid of him they’ll have to buy him out of his interest in the band.
STP fired him in February and then hired Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington in his place.
They described Weiland as “toxic” and launched legal action against him for loss of earnings. That resulted in the vocalist initiating a counter-lawsuit. Both are yet to be decided.
Weiland tells Gater Rocks: “There is a band agreement and a contract. They didn’t follow the rules that were set down. There has to be a reason for letting go a member, and you have to give them a certain period of time to do whatever you want them to do.
“It’s ridiculous. They can’t use the name without us coming to an agreement. So they’ll have to buy me out of the company – I have value in the company and the brand.”
He’s also revealed there were plans to release a range of anniversary merchandise to mark STP’s 20th anniversary in 2012.
“There was supposed to be a box set and a repackaged greatest hits, a coffee-table book, a DVD from the very beginning, a bunch of multimedia,” he says. “It was our last commitment to Atlantic Records. I don’t know how it turned itself around, but somehow it did.”
One of STP’s bones of contention is that Weiland “hijacked” what was supposed to be an anniversary tour and played the dates with his solo band The Wildabouts instead. That tour is still ongoing. He comments: “It’s cool to be able to do this, because it’s semi what I wanted to do with STP in 2012.”
Meanwhile, he’s planning the release of a Wildabouts album in the coming months. “We’re really excited,” he says. “We’re got 12 songs already recorded but we’ll probably record another 10. Everyone has been writing.”
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