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Nikki Sixx: 'Scott Weiland was dragging down a great band'

September 10th, 2013 3:10am EDT
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Motley Crue rocker Nikki Sixx has praised the stars of Stone Temple Pilots for ditching troubled frontman Scott Weiland, branding it a "smart move" as the singer was "dragging down a great band".

Weiland was booted from the group earlier this year (13) and he has been replaced by Linkin Park's Chester Bennington.

The new line-up will perform a show with Motley Crue in Oklahoma on Friday (13Sep13), and Sixx has revealed he is looking forward to seeing Stone Temple Pilots play, praising them for their bravery in moving forward without their original singer.

In a post on his pag...

Stone Temple Pilots add Bennington to their name

August 30th, 2013 3:10am EDT
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The new-look Stone Temple Pilots have slightly changed their moniker as Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington joins the band for upcoming tour dates and record releases.

Bennington joined the group three months ago after his new bandmates fired former frontman Scott Weiland and now the rockers have announced plans to release a new EP as Stone Temple Pilots with Chester Bennington.

High Rise will be released on the band's own label, Play Pen/ADA, on 5 October (13), and will include the group's first single, Out of Time.

Bennington made his STP debut in May (13) at the KROQ Weenie Roast ...

Scott Weiland: 'I have no hard feelings towards Stone Temple Pilots replacement Bennington'

August 1st, 2013 8:40pm EDT
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Rocker Scott Weiland insists there are no hard feelings between him and his Stone Temple Pilots replacement Chester Bennington, because he's convinced the Linkin Park star did not act spitefully when he stepped up to front the band.

Bennington stunned fans when he hit the stage with STP for a radio concert in California in May (13) and now he has become a semi-permanent member of the group and plans to tour with the DeLeo brothers later this year (13), while honouring his Linkin Park commitments at the same time.

Weiland, whose firing left a vacancy for his rock peer, is at war with his f...

Stone Temple Pilots plan first tour with Bennington

July 15th, 2013 8:40pm EDT
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Stone Temple Pilots have announced their first tour with Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington as frontman.

Bennington replaced Scott Weiland in the band earlier this year (13) and made his debut as frontman in May (13) at KROQ's Weenie Roast festival - and now it looks as if his position will be permanent.

Just days after STP and Bennington confirmed a headlining spot at the first annual Rockwave Festival in Fort Myers, Florida on 21 September (13), the group has released details of a new tour, which kicks off in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania on 4 September (13).

Brothers Dean and Robert DeLe...

Stone Temple Pilots secure festival slot with Bennington

July 8th, 2013 8:40pm EDT
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The new-look Stone Temple Pilots, featuring Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington, have scheduled another festival slot in Florida.

The group will co-headline the first annual Rockwave Festival in Fort Myers on 21 September (13) alongside Jane's Addiction.

Bennington was the surprise replacement for Scott Weiland when he was kicked out of the band earlier this year (13), and he has already played a couple of shows with the rock act.

In May (13), he told Rolling Stone magazine his side project looks set to become a semi-permanent thing.

The singer, who surprised fans when he stepped up...

Scott Weiland marries

June 23rd, 2013 4:20am EDT
Scott Weiland
Former Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland is a married man after exchanging vows with his longtime girlfriend on Saturday (22Jun13).

The rocker wed photographer Jamie Wachtel at the couple's home in Los Angeles in front of a small group of friends and family.

Wachtel, 35, tells, "We had the most beautiful, heartfelt ceremony. We all cried and laughed. Scott and I are over the moon!"

The bride wore a vintage dress and Weiland, 45, walked down the aisle in a designer suit by John Varvatos. The newly-weds first met on a music video shoot in 2011.

This is the rocker's thi...

Chester Bennington Has No Plans To Leave Stone Temple Pilots

June 2nd, 2013 5:37pm EDT
Chester Bennington
Linkin Park star Chester Bennington's side project with Stone Temple Pilots looks set to become a semi-permanent thing - he's keen to perform as Scott Weiland's replacement and his new bandmates are very happy to have him.

Bennington surprised fans when he stepped up to perform with Stone Temple Pilots at Los Angeles radio station KROQ's annual Weenie Roast in May (13) and he fronted the band again at the annual MAP/MusicCares Fund Benefit Concert on Thursday night (30May13).

And he tells Rolling Stone magazine that he's more than happy to front two major U.S. rock bands at the same time....

Slash: 'Chester Bennington is the perfect replacement for Scott Weiland'

May 30th, 2013 3:10am EDT
Scott Weiland
Rocker SLASH has given the new Stone Temple Pilots line-up a big boost by insisting the band sounds great with Linkin Park's Chester Bennington as frontman.

Bennington stepped in to replace fired singer Scott Weiland and made his live debut with Stone Temple Pilots at the KROQ Weenie Roast concert in Los Angeles on 18 May (13).

He will join the band again at the 2013 MusiCares Map Fund Benefit gig in L.A. on Thursday (30May13), when Guns N' Roses and Velvet Revolver bandmates Slash and Duff McKagan will also step up onstage.

The guitarist now has nothing but praise for Weiland's replacem...

Stone Temple Pilots Sue Former Singer Scott Weiland

May 26th, 2013 3:07pm EDT
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The members of Stone Temple Pilots are suing former frontman Scott Weiland, insisting his tardiness cost them millions.

The group claims he sabotaged a 20th anniversary tour by turning up late for performances and missing promotional gigs.

In the lawsuit, obtained by, Stone Temple Pilots allege Weiland wouldn't even communicate with his bandmates by the end of his tenure in the group and set out to "hijack" the tour.

The group is asking for unspecified damages.

Stone Temple Pilots parted ways with the singer in February and have since appeared onstage with Linkin Park star Chest...

Scott Weiland: 'Chester Bennington Joining Stone Temple Pilots hurt'

May 26th, 2013 10:37am EDT
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Former Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland felt "hurt" and "surprised" by his bandmates' decision to replace him with Linkin Park star Chester Bennington for a recent festival set.

The singer exited the group in February and is now embroiled in a bitter legal dispute with his former colleagues, who have sued the star over claims he wrecked their 20th anniversary tour.

The band bounced back last weekend for a performance at the KROQ Weenie Roast concert in Los Angeles, with Bennington taking over vocal duties, and Weiland admits he was blindsided by the news.

In a letter to fans po...

Chester Bennington replaces Scott Weiland for Pilots surprise festival set

May 20th, 2013 3:00am EDT
Scott Weiland
The Stone Temple Pilots made a surprise appearance at the KROQ Weenie Roast concert in Los Angeles on Saturday (18May13) with Linkin Park's Chester Bennington acting as temporary frontman.

Bandmembers Dean and Rob DeLeo axed the Pilots' original lead singer Scott Weiland back in February (13) and have yet to find a permanent replacement - so they opted for Bennington for the night after recently working with him on a new track, Out of Time.

The rocker performed a series of the band's classics, including Vasoline, Sex Type Thang and Wicked Garden during the unannounced set, which came betw...

Scott Weiland Says He Was 'Terminated' To 'Boost Ticket Sales'

March 1st, 2013 8:28am EST
Scott Weiland
Scott Weiland has dismissed his firing from the Stone Temple Pilots as a publicity stunt to boost ticket sales for the band's upcoming tour.

Bandmembers Dean and Rob DeLeo issued a brief statement on Wednesday, confirming the singer's tenure in the group had been "officially terminated."

Weiland was left baffled by the announcement, insisting it was impossible for him to be tossed out of the group as he "founded, fronted, and co-wrote many of its biggest hits."

The frontman insisted his lawyers looking into the situation, and now he has claimed the DeLeo brothers lied about his sacking...

Scott Weiland Says He Can't Be Fired From Stone Temple Pilots, Hires Lawyer

February 28th, 2013 8:47am EST
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Scott Weiland insists his Stone Temple Pilots bandmates can't legally fire him. On Wednesday Dean and Rob DeLeo issued a statement confirming the singer had been "officially terminated" and offered no explanation.

In his own statement, Weiland said: "I learned of my supposed 'termination' from Stone Temple Pilots this morning by reading about it in the press. Not sure how I can be 'terminated' from a band that I founded, fronted, and co-wrote many of its biggest hits, but that's something for the lawyers to figure out."

In the late 1980s Weiland and his best friend, guitarist Corey Hicock...

Stone Temple Pilots 'Officially Terminate' Scott Weiland

February 27th, 2013 2:48pm EST
Scott Weiland
Rockers Stone Temple Pilots have kicked frontman Scott Weiland out of the band five years after the enigmatic singer was dumped as the leader of Slash's super group Velvet Revolver.

The band issued a short statement on Wednesday, confirming that Weiland had been asked to leave, but offered no explanation. The press release read: "Stone Temple Pilots have announced they have officially terminated Scott Weiland."

The singer and his now ex-bandmates Dean and Rob DeLeo have had a tumultuous history which has included bust-ups and break-ups. The trio reunited in 2007 just before Weiland was ...

Scott Weiland: 'I Was Raped At 12'

May 18th, 2011 11:35pm EDT
Scott Weiland
Rocker Scott Weiland has sensationally revealed he was raped in his new memoir.

The Stone Temple Pilots star was just 12 when he was assaulted by "a high school senior," according to his new tell-all Not Dead & Not for Sale.

In an excerpt obtained by Spin magazine, Weiland recalls the rapist was "a big muscular guy, a high school senior... (who) rode the bus with me every day to school."

The rocker continues, "(He) invited me to his house. The dude raped me. It was quick, not pleasant. I was too scared to tell anyone. 'Tell anyone,' he warned, 'and you'll never have another friend in thi...

Mary Forsberg Weiland - 'Fall To Pieces: A Memoir Of Drugs, Rock 'n' Roll And Mental Illness'

March 9th, 2011 2:30pm EST
Though Mary Forsberg Weiland was living a life most people would kill for – worldwide fashion model, wife of modern rock icon – she was still exposed to perhaps the most toxic drug of all on a daily basis – her husband, Scott Weiland. In her new compelling tell-all, Fall to Pieces: A Memoir of Drugs, Rock ‘n’ Roll and Mental Illness, Weiland’s takes readers on an emotionally twisted rollercoaster that plays out in the vein of other rock star diaries, Red Hot Chili Peppers' frontman Anthony Kiedis’ Scar Tissue and Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx 's Heroin Diaries.

Fall to Pieces follo...

Scott Weiland To Release Memoir In March

September 13th, 2010 5:00pm EDT
Scott Weiland
Rocker Scott Weiland is set to reveal all about his battle with drug addiction and his newfound sobriety when his long-awaited autobiography is released next March.

The singer has talked about the tome for three years - and he's finally agreed with publishers at Simon & Schuster on a tentative release for Not Dead & Not For Sale. Weiland was kicked out of rock band Velvet Revolver in April 2008 and has since been touring as a member of the reunited Stone Temple Pilots.

However, in the months before the split, he revealed he was overwhelmed by the prospect of chronicling his life. He tol...

Scott Weiland: 'Rock & Roll Bands Perform Live'

August 30th, 2010 11:45pm EDT
Scott Weiland
Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland has fired back at reports he is using backing tracks on the road.

The allegations were aimed at the rocker after he tumbled off the stage during a show in Ohio last week and appeared to keep singing.

Fans at the concert were stunned when Weiland continued singing seconds later without sounding flustered or breathless.

But the singer insists he's just professional.

At a concert in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on Saturday night, Weiland addressed the rumors, stating, "There has never been a time in the 25-plus years that I have been singing with the...

Scott Weiland Wheezes In Colorado Altitude

August 14th, 2010 4:00pm EDT
Scott Weiland
Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland was left out of breath during the band's opening tour stop in Colorado on Tuesday after struggling to adapt to the higher altitude.

The reunited band kicked off their first big road trek in two years by hitting the stage in Morrison, a venue a mile above sea level.

The thin air caused Weiland to wheeze after rocking out to old hits like Plush, Between the Lines and Cinnamon. Taking a quick break, he told the crowd, "The altitude in this place is very interesting."

But Weiland refused to let the altitude problem slow him down and he later laun...

Stone Temple Pilots Are Back, Refreshed, Recharged And Better Than Ever

May 25th, 2010 10:31am EDT
Stone Temple Pilots - “Stone Temple Pilots” (Atlantic): It’s been nearly a decade (nine years to be exact) since we last heard anything from the Stone Temple Pilots, especially anything close to a new record, since their 2001 release “Shangri-La Dee-Da.” Well, with the bands eponymous sixth studio release to date, STP are back and have decided to join the ranks of those bands they once rose to stardom alongside, bands like Alice in Chains and Soundgarden, who have decided to get back together and give it a go one more time. After one listen to “Stone Temple Pilots” you will realize...

Axl Rose Declares War On Ex-Manager

May 18th, 2010 8:54pm EDT
Axl Rose
Axl Rose has waged war against former Guns N' Roses manager Irving Azoff, accusing him of attempting to sabotage the rocker's career after he refused to reunite with the band's original members.

Azoff, the CEO of management firm Front Line, originally filed suit against Rose in March, claiming the singer reneged on an oral agreement giving him 15 percent of his earnings from a big money concert tour - a deal said to be worth $2 million.

But Rose has fired back at Azoff, accusing the music mogul of failing to properly promote the band's 2008 album "Chinese Democracy" in an alleged bid to f...

Stone Temple Pilots Scrap Tour Dates

November 19th, 2009 12:53pm EST
Stone Temple Pilots Scrap Tour Dates
Stone Temple Pilots have postponed a string of upcoming tour dates to give the band more time to work on their new album.

Scott Weiland's group was due to play a series of North American gigs in December and January, but they have now scrapped the concerts and plan to reschedule them for next year.

A message on the band's website reveals the rockers cut short the tour because they want more time in the studio to finish their new disc, their first since 2001's Shangri-La Dee Da, which is due for release next summer.

The statement reads, "STP are postponing the December and Januar...

'Behind the Music' Returns to VH1 - What Are Your Favorite Episodes?

April 9th, 2009 10:00am EDT
Behind the Music
Last month, VH1 announced plans to revive its iconic series, "Behind the Music," this summer. The network has ordered 10 new episodes which will focus mainly on newer artists, including Lil Wayne and Scott Weiland of Stone Temple Pilots/Velvet Revolver.

This news got me thinking about my favorite installments from the series, so I'd like to submit this list of the Top 10 BTM episodes for your approval and/or ridicule. As always, a list like this is entirely subjective and will, hopefully, spark some spirited discussion.

10. Heart

This episode may not have the classic "rock bott...

Scott Weiland Launches Clothing Line

January 22nd, 2009 12:26pm EST
Scott Weiland
Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland is adding fashion designer to his resume - the singer is launching his own men's clothing collection.

The star has teamed up with fashion mogul, Christopher Wicks, to create a line which embodies' Weiland's rock and roll style. Weiland admits he channeled his musical heroes for the designs, which will be sold under the band name Weiland for English Laundry.

He says in a statement, "From early on, I was inspired by rock icons like David Bowie and Keith Richards who helped in molding my personal sense of style. I am really looking forward...

The 2008 Music Quiz

January 1st, 2009 11:00am EST
As another year ends and 2009 looms, we wondered if you've all been paying attention for the past 12 months.

In amongst all the political, environmental and economical changes around the globe, there has been a great deal of celebrity tittle-tattle to report about.

From pop pregnancies, marriages and splits to high and low notes, it has been a rock 'n' roller coaster ride of fun, horror and giggles.

But will you be the party animal or the party pooper when it comes to the quiz to end all pop quizzes this year?

Put down your eggnog and switch off the TV, for it's time to ...

Scott Weiland Denies Alcohol Relapse

December 8th, 2008 2:32pm EST
Scott Weiland
Rocker Scott Weiland has brushed off rumors he has gone back to booze after reportedly showing up intoxicated at a recent New York concert.

In May Weiland was handed a court order to attend an 18-month alcohol rehab program, stemming from his 2007 arrest for driving under the influence (DUI). According to a source at the New York Daily News, the rocker was "hitting the hard stuff backstage and was noticeably messed up" during his solo gig at the Fillmore-Irving Plaza on Friday.

The source adds, "He was over an hour late to take the stage, and audience members were commenting on ...

Scott Weiland Plans To Quit Touring

November 21st, 2008 10:05am EST
Scott Weiland
Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland has hinted he plans to give up touring after telling a Los Angeles publication he hates spending time away from his kids. The rocker, who was sacked as Velvet Revolver's singer in April, admits it upsets him when he misses a month of his kids' lives due to concert commitments.

He tells L.A. Weekly, "It pains me when I am gone for a month, even, and I come back and there's differences - big positive amazing differences, beautiful differences - that I haven't been a part of because I've been working."

And the singer has reiterated his retir...

Scott Weiland's Political Rant

October 30th, 2008 3:38pm EDT
You know who else gave Political rants?
Stone Temple Pilots star Scott Weiland is getting political - he has urged Americans to stop "turning a blind eye" to the country's economic difficulties.

The former Velvet Revolver rocker is adamant that the current global financial crisis affects both the rich and the poor, revealing that he has already lost money because of the slump in property prices. And Weiland is convinced that the economic downturn is yet another incentive to drive U.S. citizens to the ballot boxes on November 4th for the presidential election - insisting it is crucial that every vote is cast.

He says, ...

Lenny Kravitz Is The New Velvet Revolver Frontman?

August 12th, 2008 8:48am EDT
Lenny Kravitz
Rocker Lenny Kravitz is rumored to be the new frontman of Velvet Revolver after being spotted in a studio with the rock group.

The Grammy Award-winning group have been hunting for a new lead singer after Scott Weiland was fired and went on to reunite with the Stone Temple Pilots in April. And Kravitz is the favorite to replace him.

A source tells British newspaper The Sun, "The band wanted a big name who could easily hold his own and reckon Lenny is just the man for the job."

-Check out Lenny Kravitz's Discography

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Two Stone Temple Pilots Sued By Record Label

June 13th, 2008 9:32am EDT
Rocker Scott Weiland has been dealt another blow in what has turned out to be an already turbulent year - he is being sued by his record company alongside Stone Temple Pilots bandmate Eric Kretz.

The band's frontman and drummer had a lawsuit filed against them by their label Atlantic Records on Thursday, accusing the duo of trying to prematurely end their recording contract with Warner Music Group. The pair has reportedly threatened to refrain from performing under their contract and now wish to end their agreement with the label unless it makes changes to their deal, according to the...

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