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Yet EVEN MORE on the Stone Temple Pilots drama

by Otto Man

Scott Weiland is countersuing Stone Temple Pilots. Last week, the band sued Scott, accusing him of misusing the band's name to benefit his solo career. They requested that a judge block him from using the group's name and catalog. According to Rolling Stone Weiland’s counter-suit says: "How do you expel a man from a band that he started, named, sang lead on every song, wrote the lyrics and was the face of for 20 years, and then try to grab the name and goodwill for yourselves? You don't, but three of the instrumentalists from the band 'Stone Temple Pilots' (the 'Band') tried." Weiland also referred to a partnership agreement signed by Stone Temple Pilots in 1996, and amended in 2010. It's the same the band refers to in their own lawsuit. Weiland claims the agreement lets each band member perform on his own, but he says the band kicked him out to continue performing as Stone Temple Pilots. He feels that under the agreement, they should be forced to play under a different name if they are separate and apart from him. He's asking for compensatory damages "in excess" of $5 million, along with statutory damages of up to $2 million for each "willful use" of the Stone Temple Pilots name "per mark, per type of goods or services sold, offered for sale or distributed." No comment from the members of STP or new lead singer Chester Bennington. More and more and more and more

Meanwhile a three-and-a-half-minute interview with Dean DeLeo, conducted on the MusiCares MAP Fund red carpet by Argentinean rock journalist Lucas H. Gordon has been posted online. This was recorded before Weilands countersuit was filed.