Stone Temple Pilots members Robert and Dean DeLeo discussed moving on without Scott Weiland in an interview on the Covino & Rich Show from 2016 that recently surfaced. Alternative Nation transcribed their comments.
Dean said, “We had some great success [with Chester Bennington], the last tour we did was a sold out tour, everything was great. It’s a big change, there are some devout fans that were very displeased with the firing of Scott. We didn’t bring that on. This industry is interesting, because I don’t know if any other industry that condones not showing up, and drug use, and it’s glorified. I don’t know any other place of business where I can go do that. It just got to the point where it was just ruining everything, personally, professionally. So when Chester came in, we knew what we were up against, the time constraints, and low and behold it reared its ugly head. We knew awhile back that we weren’t getting all that we wanted.”
Robert defend keeping the Stone Temple Pilots name, “Well, we did that [performing under another name with Talk Show], we did that. We did Army of Anyone with Richard Patrick, and Ray Luzier on drums. That’s not what this is, we want this to be Stone Temple Pilots. We want it to be the three members of Stone Temple Pilots with another singer moving forward. That’s what we want to do.”
Dean added, “What means more to us than honoring the past and those records, because let’s face it, those songs mean a lot to a lot of people, so what means more to us, I don’t want to sound selfish here, but what means more to us is the ability to evolve, to move on, to basically have a person that allows us to make more records and more music into 2025.”
Robert said, “It’s hard sonically for Dean, Eric, and myself to not sound like Stone Temple Pilots. Why name it something different? We worked hard at creating the brand of Stone Temple Pilots. We worked long and hard, and went through a lot of things.”
Dean proclaimed, “We want a person that lives and dies by this band.”