"He's out of the band," Skip Miller, the attorney for the 1990s alternative rock band told the press, citing the quartet's 1996 legal partnership agreement that allows a majority of band members to vote out an existing member. The agreement is said to also allowed the majority to retain the intellectual property rights to the band's name. "The three of them voted (Weiland) out for a lot of reasons," Miller said. "They don't want to play with him anymore. He was showing up hours late and had crazy, destructive behavior."
Weiland, known for his growling vocals and dyed red hair, became a symbol of the early 1990s grunge era, was fired from the band back in February. The three remaining STP members sued him last month for using the band's name to promote his solo concerts. Mr Weiland, 45, counter sued last week alleging that the group's three other members; Dean DeLeo, Robert DeLeo and Eric Kretz, secretly and wrongfully conspired to kick him out of the band.
The singer, who promoted a solo concert in Los Angeles last week featuring music from the group's 1992 album "Core" and 1994 album "Purple," has also asked the court for $5M in damages as well as a ruling to legally dissolving the partnership agreement. "How do you expel a man from a band that he started, named, sang lead on every song, wrote the lyrics, and was the face of for 20 years, and then try to grab the name and goodwill for yourselves?" Weiland's lawsuit said. "Knowing the value and goodwill associated with the Stone Temple Pilots name and that they would be unlikely to achieve any commercial success without it, the other members secretly met on numerous occasions ... to wrongfully expel Weiland from the band and seize for themselves the valuable Stone Temple Pilots
name and associated goodwill," the suit adds.
The singer had no additional comment, his spokesperson said. The remaining band members have performed live concerts recently as the Stone Temple Pilots with a new singer, Chester Bennington, who is also the frontman of Linkin Park.