Scott Weiland has revealed that Stone Temple Pilots have lost their current singer Chester Bennington, who has been handling double duties with STP and Linkin Park since 2013. Weiland makes the claim in a new interview, previewed on Nov. 7 at Alternative Nation.
Bennington was brought in by STP to replace Weiland, who initially departed from the band after it dissolved in 2002 to front supergroup Velvet Underground. The controversial singer then reunited with STP in 2008 and was subsequently fired in February 2013.
Weiland’s claim receives support from ABC’s announcement that Joss Stone and Stone Temple pilots will perform together on Mon., Nov. 9 on “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” performing under the moniker “Joss Stone Temple Pilots.”
Further fuel to Weiland’s allegation comes from singer Johnny Stevens, frontman of Highly Suspect. The singer claims in a Twitter post he gave thumbs down to an offer from STP guitarist Dean DeLeo to replace Bennington in Stone Temple Pilots in August.
“He’s not in the band any more.” Weiland tells Alternative Nation. “I ‘heard’ he’s not in the band anymore.” He adds, “(Bennington’s) got a band where he gets paid $700,000 a night with, and with STP, the brand is kind of falling apart, which is a shame.”
Stone Temple Pilots released an EP titled High Rise with Bennington in 2013 and had been working on a 6th studio album. The album, a follow up to 2010’s self-titled release, was to be their first full-length effort to feature Bennington.
Weiland released his 4th solo studio album Blaster on March 15 via Softdrive Records. He’ll be back on the road with his backing band The Wildabouts on Nov 7 in El Paso, Texas, at Speaking Rock.
See below for Scott Weiland’s 2015 North American tour schedule. for select events are available at AXS.
Scott Weiland and The Wildabouts’ 2015 North American tour schedule:
Nov 07 Speaking Rock El Paso, TX
Nov 10 Lava Cantina Baton Rouge Baton Rouge, LA
Nov 11 Juanita’s Little Rock, AR
Nov 13 The Surf Ballroom Clear Lake, IA
Nov 14 Hard Rock Cafe Detroit Detroit, MI
Nov 15 Madison Theater Covington, KY
Nov 17 Agora Ballroom Cleveland, OH
Nov 18 Diamond Pub Concert Hall Louisville, KY
Nov 20 The Arcadia Theatre St Charles, IL
Nov 21 City Winery Nashville, TN
Nov 22 The Orange Peel Asheville, NC
Nov 24 Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel Providence, RI
Nov 25 The Gramercy Theatre New York, NY
Nov 27 Penn’s Peak Jim Thorpe, PA
Nov 28 Wellmont Theater Montclair, NJ
Nov 29 The Paramount Huntington, NY
Dec 01 Hard Rock Cafe Toronto, Canada
Dec 03 Medina Entertainment Center Medina, MN
Dec 04 Wicked Moose Rochester, MN
Dec 06 Turner Hall Milwaukee, WI
Dec 09 The Parish Austin, TX
Dec 11 Concert Pub North Houston, TX
Dec 12 Gas Monkey Live! Dallas, TX
Dec 13 Tipitinas New Orleans, LA
Dec 15 Diamond Ballroom Oklahoma City, OK
Dec 16 Midnight Rodeo Amarillo, TX
Dec 18 Psychedelic Ballroom Reno, NV
Dec 19 City Winery Napa, CA
Dec 21 Roxy Theatre Hollywood, CA
Dec 22 Strummer’s Fresno, CA