Stone Temple Pilots Reveal How They Felt ‘Slighted’ With Scott Weiland

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Stone Temple Pilots announced a 2018 west coast tour with new singer Jeff Gutt yesterday, where you can get the band’s new album if you buy a ticket. Guitarist Dean DeLeo discussed moving on without Weiland in a new Billboard piece, praising the legendary singer but also discussing how he held back the band’s ability to move forward.

“I don’t really feel that pressure,” Gutt says. “I was studying Scott when I was coming into singing myself, and I learned so much from [listening to] him. It was fun to incorporate all those things in my own way and still sing true to Scott’s stuff and really keep that as true as I could.”

DeLeo adds, “[Weiland] did not make this an easy task. I’ll put the blame on him; The guy was incredible in every sense of the word. He was an extraordinary poet, an extraordinary lyricist. He had this gift of melody and he really knew how a song worked. And that’s what really turned our heads with Jeff, because he brought that in, too.”

“I felt like I was slighted with Scott,” Dean DeLeo later explains. “As great as he was, my entire life was two steps forward and three steps back. So I’ll tell you, it was a real pleasure to be able to write and record a record under these circumstances (with Gutt). It’s something I haven’t experienced in decades, so this feels great.”

2018 STP Tour Dates:

March 2 Santa Clarita, CA @ The Canyon

March 4 San Diego, CA @ Observatory

March 8 Pasadena, CA @ The Rose

March 9 Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues

March 10 Phoenix, AZ @ Marquee

March 12 San Francisco, CA @ Fillmore

March 13 Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades

March 15 Portland, OR @ Roseland

March 16 Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory

March 17 Billings, MT @ Pub Station Ballroom

April 28 Jacksonville, FL @ Welcome to Rockville*

April 29 Fort Lauderdale, FL @ Fort Rock Festival*

May 20 Columbus, OH @ Rock on the Range*

* Tickets do not include digital album

  • makingconnections

    Dean DeLeo’s use of the word blame in regard to Scott Weiland is awful. It’s the two-year anniversary of his death for God’s sake. He was the best in every way but he got sick, really sick, and you’re chatting about feeling slighted. How pathetic.

    • Kay B

      I agree STP would be nothing if it weren’t for Scott. And this isn’t the time to bring up his faults. However, I can see why they had to move on without him. I was really heart broken when they made that decision. But to have someone out of it all the time and hrs late to everything that would be taxing. They should have moved on with a different name maybe.

      • makingconnections

        I agree that they had to move on without him and everyone, including Scott himself, Hend physical problems that often go along with the condition. Scott Weiland hurt a lot of people and he acknowledged it.

      • JoelS

        I agree on all points with this.

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    • JoelS

      Deleo did kinda did say how Scott pushed them forward… “(Weiland) did not make this an easy task. I’ll put the blame on him; The guy was incredible in every sense of the word. He was an extraordinary poet, an extraordinary lyricist. He had this gift of melody and he really knew how a song worked.”

      • makingconnections

        Why do we always have to think in terms of black and white? Why does “blame” always have to be affixed to every dark thing that happens?

        Scott Weiland had gifts and he had baggage and he didn’t have the skills to cope with fame and life in general. Everyone on this music site says “Rest in Peace” to all of the deceased musicians, too many of whom got lost along the way. RIP means letting the person be–not going over their mistakes when they paid a huge price for their dysfunction. Scott Weiland suffered the complete breakdown of his body and soul as he left. Why can’t we let him be and honour the amazing talent that he was, rather than fuss over his messed-up ways as he went down.?

  • Raj

    Now Dean Deleo can make the millions that he says Scott cost him. Dean Deleo would still be a nothing if it weren’t for Scott Weiland.