In a brand new interview with LA Weekly, former STONE TEMPLE PILOTS frontman Scott Weiland was asked if the decidedly rock direction on his new solo album, “Blaster”, had anything to do with wanting to remind STP — the band that made him famous in the early ’90s and ultimately fired him in 2013 — what they were missing.
“No, you know, I don’t think about STP,” he responded. “Actually the only time it enters my mind is when I get a check.”
He continued: “Whatever they do is their own business. [New STONE TEMPLE PILOTS singer] Chester‘s [Bennington] reason for doing it is his own reason. He must be a busy guy between LINKIN PARK and STP. But I wish them well and hope they do great and my focus is on [my solo band] THE WILDABOUTS.”
In a recent intervie with QMI Agency, Weiland spoke about his exit from STP. He said: “It’s just a shame how it happened… I felt we needed six months off in order to do a 20th-year-anniversary tour and that 20th-anniversary tour didn’t end up happening and I said, ‘Okay, then we need to make a new record because we can’t go on just playing the greatest-hits set’… I assumed we were all on the same page when we left tour and it turned out not so and they got different management and things just soured.”
STP fired Weiland in February 2013, claiming that his own solo activities and erratic behavior were detrimental to the band.
The group then teamed up with Bennington, releasing an EP called “High Rise” in October 2013. A new studio album is in the works.
Weiland added about STP, “Crazy things happen, especially when you end up getting different management. People see things one way and a lot of times how things are portrayed to the bandmembers are through the goggles of the management and filtered through that and that’s what you end up hearing.”
The two sides sued each other, but eventually reached a settlement in 2014.
Weiland‘s last album with STONE TEMPLE PILOTS, a self-titled effort, came out in 2010.
As previously reported, THE WILDABOUTS guitarist Jeremy Brown died on Monday (March 30). The cause of the 34-year-old musician’s death has not been revealed. In a post on his Facebook page, Weiland wrote that he was informed of Brown‘s death via a phone call from the guitarist’s family after Brown failed to show up for rehearsal Monday afternoon.
Weiland wrote, “I am in shock right now, everyone that knows him is devastated. It is a terrible loss that goes beyond words. He is one of my best friends, a truest friend and one of the most gifted guitar players that I’ve ever known. A true genius. It’s impossible to explain how much he will be missed and what a hole this will leave in our hearts… Please keep his family in your thoughts.”
Weiland and THE WILDABOUTS had been scheduled to play a record release party in Hollywood on Monday night for “Blaster”, which came out on Tuesday (March 31).
Weiland met Brown in 2008 during the recording of his second solo album, “‘Happy’ In Galoshes”, and they have worked together ever since.