Former Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland has responded to Alternative Nation’s story on his representatives passing out anti-STP/pro Weiland flyers promoting Weiland’s new solo album at recent Stone Temple Pilots shows in Los Angeles and Seattle. Weiland admitted that his ‘label’ was involved in the publicity stunts. Weiland’s management is Lucas Keller/Milk & Honey, and his publicist is Liz Ottiniano of Diana Barton Media. He self-released his album through his own label, Softdrive Records.
Weiland said (via WPHZ), “That was something that I think the label did. I didn’t know anything about it. I thought it was funny. It was just meant to be a joke.”
And what does he really think about Bennington fronting STP?
“I’ve always thought Chester was a good entertainer. I think that he fits better with Linkin Park, but he’s gonna do what he wants to do.”
Weiland’s flyers compared STP moving on without him to Queen without Freddie Mercury, Journey without Steve Perry, and Van Halen without David Lee Roth. Mercury passed away in 1991, so it is a pretty tasteless move to mention a deceased legend like Mercury on a poster like that to promote an album.
Purple posted the following on Below Empty, “Final funny note, outside the show there were a couple people handing out flyers that caught my eye. It had a picture of Blaster’s album cover on it and I thought they were just promoting it to see if any of the STP fans hadn’t heard of it. On it though, it said ‘I bet tonight felt like watching…. Journey without Steve Perry, Queen without Freddie Mercury, or Van Halen without David Lee Roth.’ On the back it said ‘Pick up a copy of Scott Weiland’s new album Blaster’.. It felt as though they were picketing the show haha.”
STP fired Weiland and replaced him with Chester Bennington in 2013. The flyers were also handed out in Seattle, so it may be a marketing strategy by whoever is responsible. You can see photos below of the flyers, which verify the story. Desperation No. 5.