STONE TEMPLE PILOTS bassist Robert DeLeo has commented on Internet rumors that the band's lead vocalist, Scott Weiland, has been either lip-synching or using backing vocal tracks during the group's concerts. The allegations arose after video surfaced (see below) of Weiland falling off the stage at a concert on August 25 in Cincinnati, during which it appeared that his vocals never wavered despite the fact that he fell headfirst and seemed to land heavily.Speaking to Weekender, DeLeo said, "This is such bullshit. It's so funny, because first off, if anyone in this band was lip-syncing or faking it, I wouldn't be up there. What happened was — I'm going to set the record straight here — there was a gap between the stage and the sub monitors... Scott didn't realize there was a gap there. I don't know how he didn't get hurt. He fell six feet off the stage in between the stage and the sub monitors. No one in the band saw what happened. We just saw him get back on stage. That's the kind of makeup he has as a person. I can't believe he didn't get hurt." At STP's August 28 gig in Pittsburgh, Weiland addressed the rumors onstage, saying, "I would like to dispel a rumor swirling its way around the Interwebs that I am not singing these songs that I wrote. There has never been a time in the 25-plus years that I have been singing with these guys or a combination of these guys or with other musicians that I have not sang. So whoever started that bullshit claim, like so many other bullshit claims, which is the problem with modern technology . . . We are a rock and roll band, (and) rock and roll bands perform live." STONE TEMPLE PILOTS is touring behind its self-titled sixth studio album, which arrived earlier this year. Weiland falls off stage around 1:27 mark in clip below.
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