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Weiland was booted from the group earlier this year (13) and he has been replaced by Linkin Park's Chester Bennington.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

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...

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....

Paz De La Huerta's Career Suffered During Rocky Romance With Musician Ex

June 2nd, 2013 12:31pm EDT
Paz de la Huerta
Actress Paz De La Huerta has accused a musician ex-boyfriend of attempting to sabotage her career by hiding her scripts during their relationship.

The former Boardwalk Empire star doesn't mention the ex by name, but she began dating embattled rocker Scott Weiland in early 2008 before they split at the end of 2009. She has also previously been linked to The Virgins rocker Donald Cumming.

She insists nothing good came out of what she calls "a destructive insane relationship", and tells the New York Daily News, "I was in a toxic relationship with a musician. We were together almost two years...

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

May 30th, 2013 3:10am EDT
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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
Scott Weiland
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
Stone Temple Pilots
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
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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
Stone Temple Pilots
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 Rejoining Velvet Revolver?

May 14th, 2012 8:44pm EDT
Rocker Scott Weiland has rejoined Velvet Revolver four years after his bandmates kicked him out of the group following a public spat.

The singer left the band and reunited his former act Stone Temple Pilots for a tour, leaving his supergroup to find a replacement.

After a series of near hires, bandmates Slash and Duff McKagan put Velvet Revolver on hold to concentrate on solo endeavors, but now it appears Weiland is back onboard following a reunion at a benefit concert in January.

He tells ABC News Radio he is writing and recording new music with his former bandmates, stating, "We've all...

Scott Weiland Debuts 'Winter Wonderland' - First Video From His New Christmas Album (Watch It Here)

November 17th, 2011 1:49pm EST
Scott Weiland
Two-time Grammy winner Scott Weiland debuted his video for "Winter Wonderland" today on Yahoo. The first video from The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year brilliantly captures the same traditional holiday vibe of the album and finds Weiland channeling the signature sound that Bing Crosby brought to the song nearly 50 years ago. The video features Weiland in several retro Christmas scenes, driving a sleigh and watching old 8mm videos.

The album is filled with lush orchestrations punctuated by horns and sweetened with strings, which were arranged by Michael Birnbryer and Jessica Catron respecti...

Velvet Revolver Has A Potential New Singer

October 8th, 2011 11:00am EDT
Velvet Revolver
The members of rock supergroup Velvet Revolver have inched closer to finding a replacement for Scott Weiland after Slash and Duff McKagan were left impressed by a potential frontman at a recent charity show.

The two stars and their former Guns N' Roses bandmate Matt Sorum recently jammed with the unnamed singer during a trip to New York and now bassist McKagan is keen to work with him again.

He says, "There was a singer there we might write some songs with."

Rock website reports the mystery man is Ours frontman Jimmy Gnecco, who performed three tracks with McKagan and Sl...

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...

Sammy Hagar: 'I Was Asked To Be In Aerosmith'

May 3rd, 2011 4:16pm EDT
Sammy Hagar
Rock veteran Sammy Hagar has revealed he was offered the chance to replace Steven Tyler as the frontman of Aerosmith, but snubbed the opportunity because it would have been a "difficult" transition.

The former Van Halen singer claims he has been approached over the years to join a string of top bands, and was in the running to front Slash super-group Velvet Revolver in 2008.

He tells Forbes magazine, "I was asked at one time to be in Motley Crue. I was asked at one time to be in Pantera by their managers. I was asked to be in Velvet Revolver when Scott Weiland quit."

Hagar even allege...

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...

Duff McKagan Surprises London Guns N' Roses Fans

October 14th, 2010 11:45pm EDT
Duff McKagan
Duff McKagan stunned Guns N' Roses fans in London on Thursday night when he joined former bandmate Axl Rose on stage for a show at the 02 Arena.

The bassist, who recently quit Jane's Addiction, performed "You Could Be Mine," "Nice Boys" and "Knockin' On Heaven's Door" with Rose's latest Guns line-up.

McKagan recently rejoined his other former Guns N' Roses bandmates, Matt Sorum and Slash, in supergroup Velvet Revolver.

The band has been out of commission since frontman Scott Weiland was fired last year, but now they've revamped their search for a new singer.

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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...

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...

Scott Weiland: 'I Wish Velvet Revolver All The Best'

May 12th, 2010 5:30pm EDT
Scott Weiland
Rocker Scott Weiland refuses to feel bitter about his dismissal from Velvet Revolver, insisting he wishes his former band mates "all the best."

Weiland was kicked out of the group in April 2008 following a series of arguments with founders Slash, Matt Sorum and Duff McKagan. The drama has played out in the press, but Weiland is eager to clarify he holds no "resentment" towards his former co-stars - and hopes they can move on from his firing.

He tells Kerrang! magazine, "It was a great experience until near the end. I think we made some great music - and I actually prefer our second album...

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...

Slash Goes Solo

November 3rd, 2009 3:06pm EST
Slash Goes Solo
Former Guns N' Roses rocker Slash has signed a new solo record deal, prompting fans of his super-group Velvet Revolver to fear the band will never play together again.

Slash is expecting to recruit Ozzy Osbourne, M. Shadows, Fergie and Cypress Hill to collaborate with him on the as-yet-untitled album, which will be released through Roadrunner Records in the spring of 2010.

Fans won't have to wait until next year to hear Slash's solo efforts - the first track, Sahara, will be released next week. It features guest vocals from Japanese singer B'Z and will be accompanied by a new versio...

Scott Weiland Designs Clothing Line For English Laundry

September 5th, 2009 5:00pm EDT
Scott Weiland Designs Clothing Line For English Laundry
Scott Weiland has joined the ranks of celebrity rockers with clothing lines after signing up to design a range of vests, t-shirts, pants, hats, ties and scarves for the English Laundry empire.

Weiland launched his new line by wearing items from his collection during a concert at Wasted Space at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas on Wednesday.

The former Velvet Revolver front man collaborated with English Laundry designer Christopher Wicks on the line, which debuted at the Magic trade show in Sin City earlier this week.

Weiland will compete for rock star design kudos with for...

Duff McKagan: 'I'd Take Rose Over Weiland'

April 29th, 2009 10:31am EDT
Duff McKagan
Rockers Duff McKagan and Slash would go back to playing with Axl Rose before re-teaming with former Velvet Revolver frontman Scott Weiland.

The duo are still looking for Weiland's replacement a year after firing the singer following a much-publicized bust-up - but there's no way they'd consider recalling the rock star and trying to work through their differences. McKagan and Slash would rather reconcile with their hot-headed former Guns N' Roses frontman, Rose, first - despite the fact that their fall-out with the singer remains one of the rock world's most legendary.


'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...

Duff McKagan: 'We Lost Weiland To The Other Side'

April 8th, 2009 9:14am EDT
Duff McKagan
Rocker Duff McKagan and his Velvet Revolver band mates kicked frontman Scott Weiland out of the group when it became clear he couldn't stay away from alcohol and drugs.

The band fired the wild singer a year ago and have been hunting for his replacement ever since, but McKagan, who helped Weiland initially clean up his act by taking him off to a karate retreat, insists the decision to get rid of the star was the right one.

The bass player says, "There is a part of him (Weiland) that I became friends with... He's a really good guy and funny. I know that guy is there somewhere. It ...

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