If you take the time to scroll down a concert list for the next couple of months, you might be slightly confused if Stone Temple Pilots’s September 18th show at the House of Blues Orlando was your most anticipated show of the fall. There was a lot of buzz towards the end of 2012 about STP doing a concert series based around a 20th anniversary of “Core”, the band’s first album. Scott Weiland, (the front-man most critics loved to hate in the climax of his and the band’s extreme commercial success), has recently been fired from the band in February 2013, replaced by Chester Bennington of the band Linkin Park (who started touring with the band in May).
You’ll notice that Scott Weiland just came to FL on Friday night at House of Blues Orlando; he played with a solo project called “Scott Weiland and the Wildabouts”. This project, however, is displaying what Weiland’s vision of a reunion tour was reported to be be about. The ensemble band, formed after Weiland was fired, played a majority of songs off of STP’s first two albums, (Core and Purple); this is something the original Stone Temple Pilots (Deleo Brothers, Kretz) were reportedly originally planning do to before Weiland was outed. However, original members have been quoted as saying Weiland was incapable during practice sessions to actually perform the early material well enough in practice let alone with a live tour and hefty ticket price attached. This changed their perception and they proposed to go the route of playing a lineup strictly of radio hits during their fall tour, which Weiland extremely objected to. The “Greteast Hits” version of the tour is now fronted by Bennington and the original STP lineup. That tour has a date set at, (ironically enough), the House of Blues Orlando on 9/18/2013 (the same venue as the Weiland show last Friday). Scott Weiland’s tour has been dubbed the “Purple to the Core” tour in light of these events and has been subject to a lot of adoration for the attention to earlier material, as well as covering such bands as “The Doors” and “Jane’s Addiction” to name a couple.
This has caused a legal battle to ensue between Weiland and the remaining original members of STP. The original members claim they have certain legal documents that specify what each person is allowed to do outside of the band, and sued Weiland specifically for that reason since he has in the past and present been a part of live shows that focus on STP material without the original members performing. Weiland has recently counter-sued, claiming he has rights to the material he was a part of and also claiming he has legal paperwork stating that what they are doing with Chester Bennington goes against the original agreement. Both lawsuits are still ongoing. Weiland was heavily represented in the writing process of all songs in the band’s anthology, wrote all lyrics, and has been a mainstay in the band for some 20 years now.
Weiland was quoted during a BillBoard, interview as saying, “I don’t think Chester did it in a spiteful way,” … adding that the two singers became friends when their bands toured together on the 2001 Family Values Tour. “The brothers DeLeo can be pretty persuasive. . . . I guess nothing is totally shocking.” (Graff, Billboard).
Stone Temple Pilots released a statement on their website, …”Our purpose in taking this action is not to hurt Scott. We want to move forward productively, and Scott’s choices and actions have prevented us from doing that,” Robert DeLeo, Dean DeLeo and Eric Kretz wrote. “Without getting into legal details, the band has a binding agreement that clearly states what each of us can and cannot do outside of STP. Unfortunately many of the decisions Scott made violate this agreement, have been harmful to the band, and prevented us from moving forward.”
So all in all this situation has created a rock anomaly of sorts, where two different live acts are performing Stone Temple Pilots songs, one with the original vocalist and fill in musicians, and the other with the original musicians and a lifelong fan and fellow celebrity filling in on vocals. Compare the footage yourself…Long time fans of the band now have a choice to make in deciding which one sounds the most authentic, and which one sounds more like a cover band?
Before this tour started, a song entitled “Out of Time’ was released by STP with promotional photos to match in May. A youtube link to STP’s out of Time can be found here. STP – Out of Time ft. Chester Bennington (STP youtube)
Some live footage of Weiland’s band is available here…Weiland & the Wildabouts: (playing “Where the river goes” & covering Jane’s Addiciton. (Dennis Justus Youtbue).
There is also some footage of Chester Bennington’s rendition of the STP hit (“Trippin on a hole in a paper heart”) attached to this article.