In a brand new interview with iChill.ca, former STONE TEMPLE PILOTS and VELVET REVOLVER singer Scott Weiland was asked if there is any chance of him reuniting with VELVET REVOLVER for a new studio album and live shows. "I have no idea," he said. "I heard they're auditioning new singers again. Maybe I should go to the cattle call."
He continued: "It's a difficult situation. You've got the guys from VELVET REVOLVER and GUNS N' ROSES in a band. Who's really is going to [step in]? We did make it work and see success. But it's hard. It's like STP hiring Chester Bennington [of LINKIN PARK]. They made an album and it sold 35,000 units. That's kind of unbelievable considering STP sold over 40 million and I'm sure Chester's band LINKIN PARK has sold pretty much the same amount. It didn't work, though. People weren't buying into it."
STONE TEMPLE PILOTS's "High Rise" EP — featuring Bennington on vocals — sold 12,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 24 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD arrived in stores on October 8, 2013 via Play Pen/ADA.
STONE TEMPLE PILOTS' last studio album with Weiland on vocals, 2010's "Stone Temple Pilots", sold 62,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at No. 2 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD marked the sixth top 10 for the band — its entire output of studio albums with Scott on vocals. Only its greatest hits package "Thank You" missed the top 10 (No. 26 in 2003).
STP fired Weiland in February 2013, claiming that his own solo activities and erratic behavior were detrimental to the band. The group said in a statement, "We want to move forward productively, and Scott's choices and actions have prevented us from doing that… It was beyond time we made some new music, which was impossible in the dysfunctional environment we were in. We've lived in it long enough and have decided to move forward with STP."
The group sued Weiland, with the singer firing off a countersuit and claiming that they could not use the band name without his involvement. He also told AZCentral that his former bandmates were "selfish" and "disrespectful."
STONE TEMPLE PILOTS last fall completed its first North American tour with Bennington on the mic. In the meantime, Bennington returned to the studio with his main act, LINKIN PARK.