Stone Temple Pilots have announced their first tour with Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington as frontman. Bennington replaced Scott Weiland in the band earlier this year (13) and made his debut as frontman in May (13) at KROQ's Weenie Roast festival - and now it looks as if his position will be permanent.
Just days after STP and Bennington confirmed a headlining spot at the first annual Rockwave Festival in Fort Myers, Florida on 21 September (13), the group has released details of a new tour, which kicks off in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania on 4 September (13).
Brothers Dean and Robert DeLeo and Eric Kretz have also teamed up with their new singer in the studio and the band plans to release a new EP later this year (13). A new single, titled Out of Time, has blasted its way on to the U.S. rock charts.
Rocker Scott Weiland has filed a countersuit against his former Stone Temple Pilots bandmates in a bid to ban them from using the name following his recent departure. Brothers Robert and Dean DeLeo and drummer Eric Kretz kicked Weiland out of the band earlier this year (13) and then sued him, claiming he sabotaged the group's recent 20th anniversary tour by turning up late for performances and missing promotional gigs, costing them millions.
Weiland now wants millions from the rockers, claiming they plotted to get him out of the band.
And, in legal documents obtained by TMZ.com, he writes, "How do you expel a man from the band that he started, named, sang lead on every song, wrote the lyrics, and was the face of for twenty years?"
Weiland is also asking that lawmakers formally dissolve the band partnership and he is demanding damages of at least $7 million (£4.5 million).
Stone Temple Pilots have already moved on without Weiland and have recently played two gigs with Linkin Park's Chester Bennington as their frontman.
Stone Temple Pilots' drummer Eric Kretz is also suffering wedding blues. His ex-wife sued him Monday for divorce in Los Angeles Superior Court for $1.6 million, or half his earnings, and financial support.
The Kretzs dated for a decade but were only legally married for four years. The couple officially ended their marriage in November 2000.
According to Launch.com, Shari W. Kretz's suit provided details of their relationship. In her court papers, Kretz said that her ex-husband encouraged her to abandon her career in fashion in order to help run his affairs; promised to buy her a large house; and "provide her with lifetime support, and share his earnings with her to provide a lavish lifestyle for her."
Kretz also claimed to have ended a pregnancy after the drummer "promised that if she had an abortion that they should have another child when Eric was more 'financially able to do so.'"
A Stone Temple Pilots spokesperson had no comment regarding the lawsuit.