Earlier this week, Tom Mann of Australia's Faster Louder conducted an interview with STONE TEMPLE PILOTS bassist Robert DeLeo. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.
On the band's split with lead singer Scott Weiland:
"It was plain to see nothing was going to get done anymore with these four members of STP. Nothing was going to get done. It was very clear from Scott's side of things, he doesn't want to make music with us anymore. He didn't want to tour anymore … I don't think Scott really is into playing rock and roll music, and being in a rock and roll band, and being around us in particular. As friends or business partners. And it's really sad, it's sad to see."
"It wasn't an overnight thing [to fire Scott]; it was building for many, many years and I just think that we tried to do everything we could. We had a lot of great years with Scott, and I feel thankful we complemented each other's lives immensely through the years. But friends don't treat friends like that. I think Dean [DeLeo, guitar] and Eric [Kretz, drums] and myself just got tired of being treated that way. I got really tired of being treated that way."
On working with LINKIN PARK's Chester Bennington in the new version of STONE TEMPLE PILOTS:
"It's been great. It's been a huge breath of fresh air, a lot more sanity, a lot more reasoning, and patience. Having a 'stable' singer, it's new. It's a very new feeling, and I don't quite think Dean and Eric and I are used to it yet; it's kind of surprising. Things are running very smoothly, it's interesting because what I notice is I actually have a lot more energy onstage, because my day doesn't involve wondering what's going to happen that day."