Former STONE TEMPLE PILOTS frontman Scott Weiland kicked off a new leg of his "Purple At The Core" tour dates this past Wednesday, May 29 at the House Of Blues in West Hollywood, California.Fan-filmed video footage of the concert can be seen below. The singer's tour with his solo band THE WILDABOUTS features him playing the first two STP albums. THE WILDABOUTS' lineup includes multi-instrumentalist Doug Grean, bassist Tommy Black and guitarist Jeremy Brown. Weiland has spoken out in his first interview since last week, when the band filed a lawsuit against him and announced LINKIN PARK's Chester Bennington as their new vocalist. Speaking with AZCentral, Weiland said, "Is that how I want to see STP now? Not at all. Not the band that I started. Not the band that I named. Not the band that when I was in Huntington Beach, took a shot and called Robert DeLeo at his apartment, doing nothing in music, living with his girlfriend, and said, 'Hey man, would you like to do a band?'"
Asked where things stand with him and his former bandmates, Weiland replied, "I don't really think about it a lot. I think about how disrespectful they are, sometimes, in between a sip of coffee and a hit of my cigarette. I think about how selfish they are and how much it blows me away that after two times of trying this, they still think they have any opportunity of doing it without me." Weiland said that he and the rest of the band disagreed over how to handle their career, explaining, "I said, 'Look, we need to take a break. We need to make an album. We've been playing the same (expletive) set for four years, without a change. We've been watching ourselves go from playing 20,000-seat arenas to country fairs and 2,000-seat casinos.'" He continued, "They had different management. Their managers, who are just basically booking agents, to put it lightly, they have no problem with STP and its legacy being destroyed . . . So I wouldn't (expletive) do it. And they can't do it without me . . . they've already done two bands (TALK SHOW and ARMY OF ANYONE) and failed." Weiland said that the group was supposed to play the entire "Core" album on a 20th-anniversary tour, in conjunction with a boxed set and a new hits collection, but that guitarist Dean DeLeo scuttled those plans. The rest of STP filed their lawsuit against Weiland on May 24, accusing him of using the band's name to advance his solo career while claiming that his own poor performances, late arrivals at concerts and addiction struggles harmed the band's career. The suit asks a judge to block Weiland from performing any STP songs in his solo shows and from even calling himself a former member of the band. STP made a surprise appearance on May 18 at a Los Angeles-area radio festival and debuted Bennington on vocals, playing six old songs while also premiering "Out Of Time". Bennington will continue to work with the group while also remaining a member of LINKIN PARK.