Former STONE TEMPLE PILOTS and VELVET REVOLVER singer Scott Weiland was recently interviewed on the syndicated radio talk show "Rover's Morning Glory". You can now listen to the chat at this location.
Asked if he still has a relationship with his former banmates in STONE TEMPLE PILOTS and whether he can ever see himself returning to the band again, Scott said: "You never know about the future, but I don't have any… I'm not in touch with them now."
Weiland was also asked if it's strange to see STP's new vocalist, LINKIN PARK's Chester Bennington, singing the songs that he made famous with STP. Scott said: "Yeah, it's strange. It's definitely strange. I know Chester. I've known him for a long time, and he was a big fan of mine. I remember, when we played… toured together, he told me that I was one of his biggest influences."
Scott denied that had any ill will towards Chester for taking Weiland's old job, but acknowledged that he found out "kind of out of the blue" that Bennington was stepping in for him in STP.
Bennington revealed in a recent interview with A-Sides that STONE TEMPLE PILOTS considered changing its name after it dismissed Weiland and began working with Chester in early 2013. Bennington explained: "We did talk about maybe changing the name of the band, and just doing something new. Honestly, my thing was like, why give up what you guys have worked so hard on? This is your legacy, you don't have to give it up just because one person didn't do things the way that everybody wanted them to go, didn't do things everybody planned. We should be able to move forward."
Bennington continued, "I mean, where is the music coming from in the first place? There's no question when you hear the new music that it's STONE TEMPLE PILOTS. Why? Because it's coming from the guys who write the music. It's coming from the source. So, when the source is there, then it's still pure."
Bassist Robert DeLeo told The Pulse Of Radio not long ago that keeping STP going after changing frontmen was never in question. "From the beginning, it wasn't 'Hey, let's together and write a song' or 'Hey, let's get together and do this show.' It was 'Hey, let's get together and continue STONE TEMPLE PILOTS with a lot of integrity,'" he said. "That's really what the intent was. It's something that Eric [Kretz, drummer] and Dean [DeLeo, guitar] and myself have worked at for a long time, and we've been trying to hold up the whole integrity of this band for a long time."
STP dismissed Weiland in February 2013, claiming that his erratic behavior held back the band's career. The two parties exchanged lawsuits which have since been settled.
STP recruited Bennington that spring and have so far cut one EP, "High Rise", with the LINKIN PARK singer. A new album is due out later this year.
STONE TEMPLE PILOTS' next round of tour dates will begin on September 15 in Cleveland.