We reported yesterday that late Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver frontman Scott Weiland’s estate had made over $1 million from royalties since his death, and now new details have surfaced about his lawsuit with former supergroup Art of Anarchy, which featured ex-Guns N’ Roses guitarist Ron ‘Bumblefoot’ Thal and Disturbed bassist John Moyer, along with John and Vince Votta.
After Weiland left the band, a $20,000,000 lawsuit that was filed against him by Vice, Inc., claiming they were responsible for putting together the band. They sued Weiland after he trashed the supergroup and refused to promote their album. Vice sued Weiland to recover the $230,000 they paid him upfront and asked for an additional $20 million in damages for ruining the album’s chance of being successful, along with derailing a possible tour. Former Creed frontman Scott Stapp later replaced Weiland, and claimed he communicated with his ghost on a tour bus. Stapp himself later left the band and became involved in litigation.
Yahoo reports that according to Mary Weiland, she has been working with Vice to settle the lawsuit and say they have agreed to accept songs written by Scott Weiland as part of his original contract with Vice.
Duff McKagan recently discussed Weiland’s death, “You know, it’s difficult, when Scott [Weiland] went back to drugs and alcohol and when Mary [Weiland] and the kids left, I knew that the end was near. I knew that it wasn’t something that was unexpected. It still hurt of course, and we had been through so much and he had been sober for a couple of years. I had thought: ‘Okay, Scott had lost that romance for drugs, and he really wants to be [clean],’ but a’las, it wasn’t for him.”