Though there's certainly no love, or legalities, lost between Scott Weiland and the other founding members of Stone Temple Pilots, the singer bears no ill will towards his replacement, Linkin Park's Chester Bennington.
"I've known Chester for a long time. I got to be pretty close with him on the (2001) Family Values Tour," Weiland tells Billboard. "I don't think Chester did it in a spiteful way. The brothers DeLeo can be pretty persuasive...I guess nothing is totally shocking, but...I don't think it was smart for them to do that. I'm surprised they did what they did without checking the legality of it, how they just decided to go and use the (STP) name and go and hire another singer and start playing shows with a name that I still am an owner of."
STP announced it had fired Weiland, who's been touring with his own band, the Wildabouts, on Feb. 27, and the two parties have filed lawsuits against each other. Bennington began performing with STP in May, releasing a new single, "Out of Time." The group plans to release an EP this fall, with a tour starting Sept. 4.