SILive.com is reporting that former Creed singer Scott Stapp has been sued by the founders of Art of Anarchy for allegedly refusing to tour with the band and participate in promotional photo and video shoots and publicity events for 2017’s The Madness.
The $1.2-million lawsuit was filed in New York State Supreme Court by Vice Inc. whose chief executive officer and principal executive officer are Art of Anarchy guitarist Jonathan Votta and drummer Vincent Votta.
Vice claims to have paid the former Creed singer $200,000 for services to be rendered, which he asked to be treated as a loan, for tax purposes.
Stapp only performed at 18 concerts with Art of Anarchy last year and did not appear at scheduled a video shoot last October on the deck of the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum on the Hudson River in Manhattan.
The band also features former Guns N’ Roses guitarist Ron ‘Bumblefoot’ Thal and Disturbed bassist John Moyer. Scott Weiland was the band’s original lead singer, but he left in 2015 when the debut album was released.
He called the project a ‘scam from the beginning.’
“I wish I could say I was surprised [by the press release], but I wasn’t surprised,” he told About.com’s Bob Schallau. “I was paid to do [the album]. But they were an unsigned band, and they’re still an unsigned band. Hey. They’re gonna put it out on the Internet, and as fate will have it, they don’t even have a lead singer. I’m not worried about it taking away any thunder from [Weiland’s band] the Wildabouts.” The album ended up being the final one released during Weiland’s lifetime as he died in December 2015.