SCOTT WEILAND Says STONE TEMPLE PILOTS Members Are 'Disrespectful' And 'Selfish'
STONE TEMPLE PILOTS members Robert DeLeo (bass), Dean DeLeo(guitar) and Eric Kretz (drums) last week filed a lawsuit against their former lead singer Scott Weiland claiming that he sabotaged their 20th anniversary tour by being chronically late for performances and missing promotional gigs. They also allege Weiland refused to communicate with other bandmembers in an attempt to "hijack" the tour.
STP officially fired Weiland in February after weeks of rumors about his status, issuing a terse statement that read, "STONE TEMPLE PILOTS have announced they have officially terminated Scott Weiland."
This was the second time that the band has parted ways with its often troubled frontman, following a split in 2002.
In a new interview with AZCentral.com, Weiland states: "Originally, before the whole STP thing blew up, I said, 'Look, we need to take a break. We need to make an album. We've been playing the same (expletive) set for four years. Without a change. We've been watching ourselves go from playing 20,000-seat arenas to county fairs and 2,000-seat casinos.' I said, 'I will not sit around and destroy the brand of this band. I will not do it. Will not do it. We have to get in the studio and make new music.' That's what we loved to do in the first place. We were artists. We were creators. They didn't see things the same way."
He continued: "They had different management. Their managers, who are just basically booking agents, to put it lightly, they have no problem with STP and its legacy being destroyed. A 22-year band who sold more than 40 million records and had numerous No. 1 hits, numerous No. 2 hits, top 5, top 10. Two Grammys. They don't give a (expletive). As a matter of fact, I think they're getting paid per hour. So I wouldn't (expletive) do it. And they can't do it without me… So they can say 'Guys From STP.' But they've already done two bands and failed."
"We were supposed to [play the entire album] 'Core' [on tour] because it was the 20th anniversary of 'Core'. There was supposed to be a new greatest-hits album, a boxed set, everything, which (guitarist) Dean(DeLeo) had originally agreed to and backed out. And I was giving all this press, saying we were doing this. We were booked into all these huge places.
"As soon as promoters found out that's what we were not going to do, everything got pushed in, shut in. We were playing theaters. Now, is that how I want to see STP now? Not at all. Not the band that I started. Not the band that I named. Not the band that when I was in Huntington Beach, took a shot and called Robert DeLeo at his apartment, doing nothing in music, living with his girlfriend, and said, 'Hey man, would you like to do a band?' It was with me and Corey (Hicock) at the time, my best friend. And eventually, he said yes. Then, we got (drummer Eric)Kretz and the whole evolution of it. We went into MIGHTY JOE YOUNG, then STP. But do I want to see that, everything that we grew turn into a circus sideshow? No (expletive) way."
Asked about where things stand between Weiland and his former bandmates, the vocalist stated: "I don't really think about it a lot. I think about how disrespectful they are, sometimes, in between a sip of coffee and a hit of my cigarette. I think about how selfish they are and how much it blows me away that after two times of trying this, they still think they have any opportunity of doing it without me. And it's not me saying that I'm the greatest, because you know what? I'm not. John Lennon.Paul McCartney. They are ... better than I am. But as far as this band goes? The vision? The artistic direction of the band? And trying to keep them from sounding like RUSH? I'm sorry. I have to be totally honest. It was me. I'm guilty. I kept them from doing it. That's all I've got to say."
Fans were shocked when STONE TEMPLE PILOTS made a surprise appearance at a radio festival in the Los Angeles area on May 18 withLINKIN PARK's Chester Bennington making his debut as the new STPlead singer.
The group performed a new song called "Out Of Time" at the show, putting a studio version online earlier in the month. The DeLeo brothers and Kretz now claim in the lawsuit Weiland got vindictive and tried to interfere with the release of the single. Weiland's lawyer, according to the lawsuit, called the head of programming at the Los Angeles radio station KROQ and said if the station played "Out Of Time", it would be infringing on Weiland's rights.
The suit notes that STP "plans to record a seventh studio album, its first with Bennington," which confirms Chester's recent statements that he was planning on doing more recording and touring with STP, while remaining in LINKIN PARK.
BLACK SABBATH's TONY IOMMI On Split With BILL WARD: 'We Were All Disappointed In It'
Paul Cashmere of Australia's Noise11.com recently recently conducted an interview with BLACK SABBATH guitarist Tony Iommi. You can now watch the chat below.
On drummer Bill Ward's decision to back out of the BLACK SABBATHreunion over a contractual dispute:
Iommi: "It's been a on-off thing with Bill for many years with me. It was disappointing. We were all disappointed in it. It happened before with [theBLACK SABBATH offshoot band] HEAVEN & HELL [which featuredRonnie James Dio on vocals]. We wanted Bill to come in and Bill wanted to do it again. We got him in and he left again. We were used to it, really. It's a shame. We would have liked Bill to be on the [new BLACK SABBATH] album ['13'], and I'm sure Bill would have liked to have been on it, but it just got to a silly situation. It just didn't happen."
On being the only member of BLACK SABBATH to have never left the band:
Iommi: "It was just that I never left. I carried on. What do you do? You try and make the best of what you can. I enjoyed some of what we done. We did some really good stuff. With Dio, I thought 'Heaven And Hell','Mob Rules', they were good albums. 'Dehumanizer' and stuff. Also some of the stuff with Tony Martin [vocals] and Cozy [Powell, drums] I liked. When people aren't there, you try and replace it, and it's really difficult to replace original members, because that's the sound you have, you all create. I've done quite a few albums with Tony Martin, Cozy Powell,Neil Murray. We'd done 'Headless Cross' and the 'Forbidden' album, which was the last one we'd done with that lineup. I didn't really like that album."
Ward was on board for the reunion when it was first announced in November 2011, but backed out soon after, claiming that he was given contractual terms that were not fair.
SABBATH has used Ozzy's regular touring drummer Tommy Clufetossince then for live work. RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE's Brad Wilk laid down the drum tracks on "13", due out June 11.
SABBATH finished the Australian leg of its world tour earlier in the month and played Japan's first-ever Ozzfest on May 12. A North American trek begins on July 25 in the Woodlands, Texas.
METALLICA Bassist Says RICK RUBIN Is Still 'A Strong Possibility' To Produce Next Album
Sergio Pereira of South Africa's Muse magazine conducted an interview with METALLICA bassist Robert Trujillo last month when the band returned to South Africa for three shows — one in Johannesburg and two in Cape Town.
Muse: Would you ever be interested in recording with a South African producer in South Africa?
Trujillo: With Kevin Shirley [grins]?
Muse: Perhaps. I don't think Mutt Lange is available right now. [laughs]
Trujillo: I think that's been pursued [smirk]… maybe. Right now at this phase of the game, we're concentrating on great riffs, potential songs and ideas – it's great to be able to take a break from all of that and come to South Africa. We're going to Asia in August — and that's exciting. [Then], we're going to South America in October… First things first, we've got to start getting our blueprints for songs together and make sure they're the best possible — and then we see what producers are available. We made a great album with Rick Rubin the last time — that's a strong possibility still. Obviously, there are no guarantees in anything in this day and age, but if there is a great producer, who has something to bring to METALLICA, we will investigate it.
Muse: Since you've been to South Africa, have you spread the word about it to other bands?
Trujillo: Yeah. I've been texting a lot of my friends who have been like, "I've never been to South Africa…" I tell them straight: the fans are great; the people are passionate; if you get there when the weather is nice, it's like Southern California — the water is a little bit cold, but that's okay, bring a wetsuit [laughs]; and watch out for sharks [bigger laughs].
Muse: What attracted you to return to South Africa again?
Trujillo: The promoters obviously wanted us to come back and brought us over again. You gotta understand that when there is the demand, you realize that people do care. It has to come from the fans. Like the show tonight, it is pretty special for us and that doesn't happen to every band on the planet. We're still lucky to be around and relevant in a lot of people's eyes. To look out in the crowd and see young kids out there, too: teenagers and kids, who were, like, 5 years old when we came out here last time, headbanging is really exciting. So, yeah, just make sure the fans spread the word and continue keeping us relevant.
Read the entire interview from Muse magazine.
AS I LAY DYING Frontman Posts Bail, Is Released From Jail
According to ABC10, AS I LAY DYING frontman Tim Lambesis posted bail earlier today (Thursday, May 30) and left the Vista Detention Facility in Vista, California.
Lambesis was arrested on May 7 on suspicion of solicitation to commit murder for allegedly hiring someone to kill his estranged wife. He has pleaded not guilty.
The singer, who at one time has said he considered himself to be a Christian and acknowledged that he found inspiration for lyrical content from biblical texts, was taken into custody without incident at a Barnes & Noble bookstore in Oceanside, California, according to San Diego Sheriff's Department.
Lambesis had his bail lowered from $3 million to $2 million during a May 17 bail review hearing.
Prosecutors initially requested that Superior Court Judge Martin Stavenset Lambesis' bail at $20 million, saying the singer remains "substantially motivated to kill his wife."
Lambesis' defense attorney, Tom Warwick, had asked for bail of $250,000.
Warwick blamed Lambesis' steroid use for the alleged murder-for-hire plot. He also revealed that Lambesis was going through steroid withdrawal while in custody.
Lambesis' attorney said the "gym culture" led to "changes in [the singer's] physiological and mental status," with Tim's bodybuilding obsession causing him to go from 170 to 220 pounds after first taking supplements, then steroids. "[He] was not the same person. He was irritable and lost God."
Prosecutors allege Lambesis had twice told a man at a gym that he wanted his wife killed, then met with an undercover detective known as "Red", and gave the agent an envelope containing $1,000 in cash, photographs of his wife, and the security gate code to her house. He also allegedly told the agent the dates he would be with the couple's three adopted children, in order to give himself an alibi.
"When specifically asked do you want her dead, he said, 'Yes that's exactly what I want,'" Deputy District Attorney Claudia Grasso told the judge. "The victim now is terrified and living in seclusion."
In court, Grasso said that Lambesis did not flinch when told the hit on his wife would cost $20,000. "He was very willing to pay that," she said, according to The San Diego Union-Tribune.
Lambesis, who was originally booked into jail on suspicion of two felonies — conspiracy and murder-for-hire — was ordered to wear a GPS monitor and turn in his passport and was warned by the judge that he must stay away from his immediate family. The conspiracy charge was dropped before Lambesis was arraigned.
Lambesis' wife, Meggan, filed papers in September 2012 in San Diego Superior Court seeking a dissolution of the couple's marriage.
Queens of the Stone Age, Phoenix to Play iTunes Festival in London; Watch It Free Online
Queens of the Stone Age and Phoenix are among the 60 artists who'll be performing at this year's iTunes Festival, which will take place over 30 consecutive nights in London starting September 1. QOTSA will take the stage at the historic Roundhouse in London on September 6, while Phoenix will be performing the next day. In addition, 30 Seconds to Mars has signed on to participate in the fest on September 18.
If you can't make it to London, don't worry -- you'll be able to watch the festival for free, thanks to live and on-demand HD video streams, available via the free iTunes Festival App or the iTunes Store.
For more information on the festival, visit iTunesFestival.com.
Serj Tankian Reveals Timeless Concept Behind New Music and Artwork Project
Serj Tankian has revealed that he’s working on a new project which showcases his skills as a musician and as a visual artist. The System of a Down frontman says that he's created a series of paintings that were inspired by an original piece of music.
“I have a number of painter friends and…I hang out with them and they listen to music when they paint and I thought, ‘How can I make a certain piece of music as original as a work of art,’" he tells ABC News Radio. “So I thought, 'Why don’t I write a piece of music and then create the painting for that piece of music?' And I did that.”
Tankian adds that the artwork he’s creating has a central theme which he first experimented with on System of Down’s 2005 albums, Mezmerize and Hypnotize. “One of the primary common denominators of my artwork has been clocks without arms,” he reveals. “This goes back for many years with some of my suggestions for the artwork forHypnotize/Mezmerize with System and I’d gotten all these clocks that I had taken the arms off and written poetry on and given it to the guys and [producer] Rick Rubin years ago, so I had that concept in mind.”
The singer also notes that he experimented with a number of unusual and improvised techniques while making his paintings. “The first of that experiment was getting on a large step-ladder, filling water balloons with different color paint and starting to, kind of, splatter the canvas and then making something out of that,” Tankian explains. “The other one was…I thought, I wonder if anyone’s used the tires of a car as a paintbrush, so I put all these paints on canvas without mixing them and then ran over it with my car seven times to see how it would mix.”
While Tankian has yet to announce when we will get to see all of his artwork, he expects to stage some exhibitions sometime before the end of the year. In addition, he plans on selling some lithographs of his work in the near future.
Stone Gossard Says Solo Track “I Don't Want to Go to Bed” Comes From a “Darker Place”
Stone Gossard is continuing to preview tracks from his upcoming second solo album,Moonlander. The Pearl Jam guitarist’s latest offering is “I Don't Want to Go to Bed,” which Gossard says deals with some heavy themes.
"This song came from a darker place than the other songs on the record,” says the guitarist in a statement posted on Pearl Jam’s website. “In terms of the lyric, it’s a straight metaphor for leave me alone, lock the door, and don’t tell me what to do." Moonlander is set to arrive in stores on June 26. You can stream “I Don't Want to Go to Bed,” along with a number of other tracks from the upcoming release, at PearlJam.com/Moonlander.
William DuVall Says The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here Validates Alice in Chains' "Right to Exist"
Singer/guitarist William DuVall hopes that Alice in Chains’ recently-released album, The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here, will silence critics who have issues with the group continuing without its original frontman, Layne Staley, who died in 2002.
"That question was settled…on [2009’s] Black Gives Way to Blue...but it took that much more effort to kind of shut out the noise of the outside world and only deal with what we were doing,” DuVall tells Billboard.com. “That was very much 'the first one,' and there was a feeling of exerting our right to exist. This one had a little more of a comfortable, easy feeling."
Guitarist Jerry Cantrell adds that The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here features all-new material, and that they didn’t recycle any ideas from their previous releases. “We started from zero, and that's pretty much what you want to do most every time,” he explains. “There's an occasional lingerer between records sometimes, but not on this one. The best place to start is to completely forget what you did.”
Alice in Chains is currently on tour overseas, but the band will return to kick off the next leg of its North American tour with an appearance at Fox Fest in Vancouver, Canada on July 1. Visit AliceInChains.com to view the full itinerary.