Stone Temple Pilots Defend Right To Keep Using The Name
Stone Temple Pilots bassist Robert DeLeo and guitarist Dean DeLeo defended their continued use of the band’s name during an interview on Tuesday (Feb 9) with St. Louis radio station KPNT.
Responding to a fan who called in to suggest they should change their name in the wake of Scott Weiland’s death, Robert said: “There were three-quarters of us that were responsible with Scott, making Stone Temple Pilots. For instance, you have a company like Coca Cola, and you have someone running Coca Cola. If they’re not there anymore, do you change the name of Coca Cola?”
Robert added: “It’s easy for someone to say that, and get on their computer, and write that in, but if you’re in that position in life, that’s the last thing I want to do right now.” He explained that it might be easier to change the name if the band were in their 20s and it was relatively early in their career, but that he now “can’t afford to do it.”
Dean DeLeo weighed in, saying: “It’s interesting, because there’s people that say, ‘That was Scott’s band.’ Well I’m going to tell you something, if this was Scott’s band, it would have been run into the ground by 1998. It would have been over.”
Weiland was fired from STP in 2013 after reuniting with the group in 2010. Linking Park singer Chester Bennington replace Weiland with some fans calling for the name to be changed then.
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