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Stone Temple Pilots may continue without Scott Weiland

A 1996 legal partnership saved the 1990s grunge band from foundering

Scott Weiland can’t seem to live without drama of his own making. But his former band, Stone Temple Pilots (STP), doesn’t have to worry about Weiland interfering anymore.

Yesterday, a lawyer for the band said that STP may go on without its former lead singer, and there’s nothing Weiland can do about it because a 1996 partnership agreement they signed said so.

This case, which was brought on by a series of events, dates back a few months. In February, three members of the four-person band kicked Weiland out, claiming his lateness and destructive behavior was negatively affecting the members. The partnership agreement the band members signed some 17years ago allowed a majority of band members to vote out any other member.

But when Weiland began using the STP name to promote his own solo career last month, the remaining three band member sued him. Weiland countersued, claiming the three band members wrongfully conspired to kick him out of the band.

"How do you expel a man from a band that he started, named, sang lead on every song, wrote the lyrics, and was the face of for 20 years, and then try to grab the name and goodwill for yourselves?" Weiland's lawsuit said.

The 1996 agreement also gives the band intellectual property rights to the name Stone Temple Pilots.

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