LOS ANGELES — Scott Weiland has countersued his former band mates in Stone Temple Pilots claiming they had no right to expel him and shouldn’t be allowed to perform with a new lead singer.
Weiland’s suit was filed Friday in Los Angeles Superior Court, one week after his former collaborators sued to get him to stop using the band’s music in solo performances.
The singer’s case claims the three other members of Stone Temple Pilots had no right to oust him from the band and are damaging his solo career. He is seeking more than $5 million in damages, although any award would have to be determined by a judge or jury.
The lawsuits are the latest development in the band’s public breakup. Weiland was ousted from the group in February and said he learned of the decision when it was reported in the media.
“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 complaint states. “You don’t, but three of the instrumentalists from the band Stone Temple Pilots tried.”
Skip Miller, an attorney for the remaining band members, said the band had every right to fire Weiland. “He’s dead wrong and he knows it,” Miller said. “The band had no choice.”
The group has performed with new frontman Chester Bennington and Miller said it is moving on without Weiland.
The band claims Weiland isn’t entitled to call himself a former member of the group and was using its songs without proper permission. They cited him being late to concerts and poor performances as some of the reasons for his ouster.
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LONDON — Brad Pitt wants the music for “World War Z” to be much more than a footnote.
Pitt says that while making the zombie flick, out on June 21, he wanted the film’s soundtrack to have songs reminiscent of those made for “The Exorcist.”
Enter Muse, which recorded the instrumental track “Isolated System” for the movie.
Pitt says the pairing of the British band with the film was “nice kismet.” He says the band members were actually reading the “World War Z” book when they were recording their latest album, “The 2nd Law.”
Muse was at the London premiere of the film on Sunday, performing a special outdoor concert at Horse Guards Parade park for the occasion.
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jennifer Lopez isn't on screen for the debut of her new TV series, but she will be on Twitter.
Lopez is an executive producer of ABC Family's drama “The Fosters,” which debuts at 9 p.m. Monday. The channel says the actress and singer will be live-tweeting from her #JLo account during the episode.
“The Fosters” is about a lesbian couple who are parents to a brood that includes adopted twins and a foster child. The cast includes Teri Polo of the “Meet the Parents” movie franchise.
Lopez says the drama reflects the changing nature of families today. She says she may appear on the show or provide music for it in later episodes.
“The Fosters” was created by actor Peter Paige of Showtime's “Queer as Folk” and Bradley Bredeweg.