Rocker Duff Mckagan was saddened by Scott Weiland's firing from Stone Temple Pilots, but insists he could "see it coming". Former Guns N' Roses star McKagan performed with the singer in Velvet Revolver before Weiland was sacked and made a return to his ex-band Stone Temple Pilots.
Weiland was kicked out of that group earlier this year (13) and replaced by Linkin Park's Chester Bennington, and McKagan admits he was sorry to hear of his former colleague's new problems.
He tells Billboard.com, "You could kind of see it coming, I suppose. It's a sad situation any way you look at it. That guy... You hope (Weiland) pulls it together; I shared enough good times with that guy that I wish him nothing but the best."
Weiland is currently locked in a legal battle with his former Stone Temple Pilots bandmates - they sued him for allegedly sabotaging their recent 20th anniversary tour with his bad behaviour, while he has filed a countersuit in a bid to stop them using the group's name without him in the line-up.
Rocker Scott Weiland and his Stone Temple Pilots replacement Chester Bennington are set to headline the same festival with their other bands next month (Aug13). Weiland and his new act The Wildabouts will close out the Viper Room festivities on the Friday night of the sixth annual Sunset Strip Music Festival on 2 August (13), while Bennington's Linkin Park will headline the main outdoor stage 24 hours later.
Bennington became the surprise frontman for STP earlier this year (13), following Weiland's departure from the band, and they have just made the What I've Done singer a semi-permanent member for an upcoming tour.
This year's (13) Sunset Strip Music Festival will honour Joan Jett and also feature performances from Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Wale, Awolnation, Semi Precious Weapons and Hoobastank.
The three-day festival, which begins on 1 August (13), will include sets at iconic Hollywood venues The Roxy, Viper Room and Whisky A Go-Go.
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.
The new-look Stone Temple Pilots, featuring Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington, have scheduled another festival slot in Florida. The group will co-headline the first annual Rockwave Festival in Fort Myers on 21 September (13) alongside Jane's Addiction.
Bennington was the surprise replacement for Scott Weiland when he was kicked out of the band earlier this year (13), and he has already played a couple of shows with the rock act.
In May (13), he told Rolling Stone magazine his side project looks set to become a semi-permanent thing.
The singer, who surprised fans when he stepped up to perform with Stone Temple Pilots at Los Angeles radio station KROQ's annual Weenie Roast in May (13), told the magazine that he's more than happy to front two major rock bands at the same time.
He explained, "When you get together and put a new piece in, there's a whole different energy. For us, the creative juices have just been flowing. We've been writing, we have tons of great ideas... It is a good position to be in, and for us, all we care about is going out, making the legacy as great as it needs to be, as great as people expect it to be, and coming out with new music that lives up to that standard."
Former Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland is a married man after exchanging vows with his longtime girlfriend on Saturday (22Jun13). The rocker wed photographer Jamie Wachtel at the couple's home in Los Angeles in front of a small group of friends and family.
Wachtel, 35, tells People.com, "We had the most beautiful, heartfelt ceremony. We all cried and laughed. Scott and I are over the moon!"
The bride wore a vintage dress and Weiland, 45, walked down the aisle in a designer suit by John Varvatos. The newlyweds first met on a music video shoot in 2011.
This is the rocker's third marriage and he has two children, Noah, 13, and Lucy, 11, with his second wife, model Mary Forsberg.
The wedding news will be a big boost for Weiland, who has suffered a turbulent few months professionally following his exit from Stone Temple Pilots in February (13). He is currently embroiled in a bitter legal battle with his former bandmates and has voiced his anger after they replaced him with Linkin Park star Chester Bennington.
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.
Linkin Park star Chester Bennington's side project with Stone Temple Pilots looks set to become a semi-permanent thing - he's keen to perform as Scott Weiland's replacement and his new bandmates are very happy to have him. Bennington surprised fans when he stepped up to perform with Stone Temple Pilots at Los Angeles radio station KROQ's annual Weenie Roast in May (13) and he fronted the band again at the annual MAP/MusicCares Fund Benefit Concert on Thursday night (30May13).
And he tells Rolling Stone magazine that he's more than happy to front two major U.S. rock bands at the same time.
He explains, "When you get together and put a new piece in, there's a whole different energy. For us, the creative juices have just been flowing. We've been writing, we have tons of great ideas. Next week we're going back in the studio and hammering out some more music.
"We don't have a label. Everything we're doing is on our own, so we're just taking it one track at a time. We would love to sit down and hammer out a record, but the reality is we're gonna make music, we're gonna make a lot of it, and we're gonna be in a position to release a single at a time, go out and really give people music the way they want to get it.
"It is a good position to be in, and for us, all we care about is going out, making the legacy as great as it needs to be, as great as people expect it to be, and coming out with new music that lives up to that standard."
And his new bandmate Dean DeLeo is thrilled to have Bennington onboard following months of drama with former STP leader Weiland. He says, "It just came about very harmoniously... Very natural."
Former Guns N' Roses rockers SLASH and Duff Mckagan became the latest stars to join Stone Temple Pilots as they performed with new frontman Chester Bennington at a charity gig on Thursday night (30May13). Bennington was honoured by the MusiCares organisation at a special benefit show in Los Angeles on Thursday, and he showed off his latest collaboration with Stone Temple Pilots after recently stepping in to replace fired frontman Scott Weiland.
The group was joined by Slash and Duff McKagan for a performance at the city's Club Nokia venue, where Bennington was handed the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award for his support of the organisation's MAP Fund, which gives musicians access to addiction recovery treatment.
Bennington says of the award, which was presented to him by his Linkin Park co-star Mike Shinoda, "It's an honour, it's a very cool thing. It feels good. It's nice to be recognised for something like this."
After the gig, Slash wrote in a post on his Twitter.com page, "Awesome time at Music Cares MAP Fund tonight. Jamming with STP band & (Chester Bennington) & (Duff McKagan) was a memorable moment for sure."
Weiland previously insisted he was "hurt" to hear Bennington had taken his place in Stone Temple Pilots, and the latest collaboration with Slash and McKagan will be a further blow for the singer, as he previously played with them both in Velvet Revolver.
Rocker SLASH has given the new Stone Temple Pilots line-up a big boost by insisting the band sounds great with Linkin Park's Chester Bennington as frontman. Bennington stepped in to replace fired singer Scott Weiland and made his live debut with Stone Temple Pilots at the KROQ Weenie Roast concert in Los Angeles on 18 May (13).
He will join the band again at the 2013 MusiCares Map Fund Benefit gig in L.A. on Thursday (30May13), when Guns N' Roses and Velvet Revolver bandmates Slash and Duff McKagan will also step up onstage.
The guitarist now has nothing but praise for Weiland's replacement after rehearsing with Bennington and the band on Wednesday (29May13).
He tweeted, "I gotta say, it's a real pleasure playing w/ (with) Dean Deleo. The guitars compliment each other nicely. The whole (Stone Temple Pilots) is great... & the haters are going to hate, but (Chester Bennington) sings the s**t out of the STP songs... Of course, playing with (Duff McKagan) is always awesome."
Ironically, Slash and McKagan also fired Weiland from their band Velvet Revolver in 2008. They have yet to find a replacement.
Former Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland felt "hurt" and "surprised" by his bandmates' decision to replace him with Linkin Park star Chester Bennington for a recent festival set. The singer exited the group in February (13) and is now embroiled in a bitter legal dispute with his former colleagues, who have sued the star over claims he wrecked their 20th anniversary tour.
The band bounced back last weekend (18May13) for a performance at the KROQ Weenie Roast concert in Los Angeles, with Bennington taking over vocal duties, and Weiland admits he was blindsided by the news.
In a letter to fans posted on his website, Weiland writes, "Like everybody else out there, I read about my band, Stone Temple Pilots, and their recent performance this past weekend with a new singer. To tell you the truth, it took me by surprise. And it hurt."
He goes on to criticise the group for continuing without him, adding, "The band that played last weekend was not Stone Temple Pilots and it was wrong of them to present themselves as that... They don't have the legal right to call themselves STP because I'm still a member of the band... It's misleading and dishonest to the millions of fans that have followed us for so many years. When I tour on my own, it's never as Stone Temple Pilots. It's as Scott Weiland. The fans deserve to know what they're getting... If my former bandmates want to tour with a new singer, that's their prerogative. I don't give a f**k what they call themselves, but it's not Stone Temple Pilots."