Stone Temple Pilots on former singer Scott Weiland: “Friends don’t treat friends like that”

Stone Temple Pilots bassist Robert DeLeo says that he and his bandmates had no choice but to fire former frontman Scott Weiland.

“It was plain to see nothing was going to get done anymore with these four members of STP,” DeLeo told FL earlier this week. “Nothing was going to get done. It was very clear from Scott’s side of things, he doesn’t want to make music with us anymore. He didn’t want to tour anymore … I don’t think Scott really is into playing rock and roll music, and being in a rock and roll band, and being around us in particular. As friends or business partners. And it’s really sad, it’s sad to see.”

While DeLeo couldn’t get into specifics of what happened on the day the band fired Weiland due to legal reasons, he says that it was a difficult decision. “It wasn’t an overnight thing, it was building for many, many years and I just think that we tried to do everything we could,” DeLeo reasons. “We had a lot of great years with Scott, and I feel thankful we complemented each other’s lives immensely through the years. But friends don’t treat friends like that. I think Dean and Eric and myself just got tired of being treated that way. I got really tired of being treated that way.”

DeLeo, his brother Dean and drummer Eric Kretz are continuing on under the Stone Temple Pilots name and will release an EP with Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington on lead vocals next month. “It’s been great. It’s been a huge breath of fresh air, a lot more sanity, a lot more reasoning, and patience,” DeLeo explained when asked about working with Bennington. “Having a ‘stable’ singer, it’s new. It’s a very new feeling, and I don’t quite think Dean and Eric and I are used to it yet, it’s kind of surprising. Things are running very smoothly, it’s interesting because what I notice is I actually have a lot more energy onstage, because my day doesn’t involve wondering what’s going to happen that day.”


The High Rise EP will feature the previously released single ‘Out of Time’, a song called ‘Tomorrow’ (presumably not a Silverchair cover) and three other tracks. No doubt we’ll get to hear the songs live early next year when the band tours with the Soundwave festival lineup.

The full interview with DeLeo about the band’s new music, their upcoming Soundwave tour, and staying relevant in 2013 will be published on FL in the coming weeks.