SCOTT WEILAND Doesn't Feel Betrayed By His Friend CHESTER BENNINGTON

STONE TEMPLE PILOTS, who recently recruited LINKIN PARK vocalist Chester Bennington as Scott Weiland's replacement, and release a new EP this fall, to be followed by a full slate of tour dates.

Weiland, who co-founded STONE TEMPLE PILOTS, told The Pulse Of Radio that he and Bennington were good friends before this, but he doesn't see Bennington's move as a betrayal. "Yeah, I mean, I've known Chester for a long time," he said. "I got to be pretty close with him on the Family Values tour. I don't think Chester did it in a spiteful way. The brothers DeLeo [Dean, guitar and Robert, bass], they can be pretty persuasive."

Weiland's former bandmate in VELVET REVOLVER, bassist Duff McKagan, spoke out about Weiland's dismissal earlier this year from STONE TEMPLE PILOTS. Speaking with Billboard, McKagan said, "You could kind of see it coming, I suppose. It's a sad situation any way you look at it. That guy . . . you hope he pulls it together. I shared enough good times with that guy that I wish him nothing but the best."

Weiland recently announced a new run of solo tour dates beginning on August 2 in Los Angeles. As with his other shows earlier in the year, Weiland will be playing material from STP's first two albums, "Core" and "Purple", as well as a smattering of covers, solo tunes and other STP tracks.

Weiland's use of STP songs in his solo shows was reportedly one of the reasons why the band sacked and then sued him. The band members claim that this, along with his erratic behavior and substance abuse issues, damaged their career.

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