Stone Temple Pilots bassist Robert DeLeo reflected on the band’s decision to fire the late Scott Weiland in February 2013 in a new interview. A big name band recently claimed that Weiland owed them $20 million when he died. DeLeo told My Planet Rocks if he believes Weiland really understood was he was fired. Alternative Nation transcribed his comments.
Host: At what point did you realize with Scott [Weiland] that it just cannot work anymore?
DeLeo: Well, I think it’s just too hard to put into words. Really, it just came to a point, it just came to that point and it was kind of a tough decision.
Host: Was it the three of you or did one of you say: “come on guys”?
DeLeo: It was a building thing that was happening, it was one of the toughest things that we’ve ever had to do. It was not an easy decision.
Host: Did Scott though, could he then understand it because I’m sure at the time you say: “look, all these things have happened.”
DeLeo: I don’t think he ever understood it.
Host: So it was outward thinking, not inward?
DeLeo: Yeah, he never understood it, he never understood it.
Host: So that would of been a big problem.
DeLeo: Yeah, you know I think it goes into a lot of deeper, deeper matters such as mental issues, therapy and all these things that we did to try and keep the band together. It just happens, that’s why they made Behind the Music because it’s a blueprint of what to do and what not to do. I’ve had these conversations with Robby Krieger from The Doors
Host: Well he’d know!
DeLeo: Yes he would, yes he would.
A new report revealed how much money the Scott Weiland estate has made off of Stone Temple Pilots royalties since his December 2015 death.