Stone Temple Pilots are saying sayonara to Scott Weiland in style, taking to the stage at the MusiCares MAP Fund benefit last Thursday night with their new vocalist, Linkin Park‘s Chester Bennington, and Slash and Duff McKagan from Guns N’ Roses.
The new lineup jumped on stage with Slash and Duff to play a cover of Mott the Hoople‘s All The Young Dudes, as well as their new single Out Of Time and a host of other STP classics like Wicked Garden, Big Bang Baby and Vasoline. Having his old band play with the Gunners boys is sure to be a big middle finger to Weiland, who was also fired from their supergroup Velvet Revolver back in 2008. Adding insult to injury, Slash has taken to Twitter to voice his approval of the new lineup, tweeting “The haters are going to hate, but @chesterbe sings the shit out of the STP songs.”
STP have also released a new statement clarifying their lawsuit against their former frontman, saying that their intention is not to hurt Scott but to move forward. They also explained what triggered the legal action:
“We were in the process of putting our 20th anniversary tour together to celebrate the release of our first album, Core. The plan was for a big tour where we’d perform the album in its entirety, along with some other favorite STP songs. So, you might imagine our shock and disappointment when, without any notice, we learned that Scott had seized this tour for himself as his solo tour, and decided to do exactly what we as a group had planned. We found out about it the same way you did — we saw an ad for it.”
Scott Weiland is yet to respond but if we’ve learnt anything from recent events, he’ll have plenty to say about these developments – watch this space. In the meantime, the singer kicked off his solo tour with his band The Wildabouts this week and his setlist is still packed to the brim with STP tracks, exactly what the lawsuit is aiming to stop him from doing.
WATCH: Stone Temple Pilots & Chester Bennington, Slash & Duff – All The Young Dudes
WATCH: Scott Weiland – Sex Type Thing
& the haters are going to hate, but @chesterbe sings the shit out of the STP songs. iiii]; )’
— Slash (@Slash) May 29, 2013