Stone Temple Pilots

Sues Scott Weiland

You Torpedoed Our Tour!

5/24/2013 4:47 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Stone Temple Pilots
claims Scott Weiland screwed the band out of millions of dollars and now it's looking forward to a very important date -- in court.

The band claims Weiland sabotaged it's 20th anniversary tour by being chronically late for performances and missing promotional gigs.  The band also claims in the lawsuit Weiland had a plan to seize all the glory, to the point he wouldn't even communicate with band members.  They say Weiland's plan was simple -- "hijack" the tour.

The band had actually fired Weiland in February and hired the lead singer of Linkin Park to replace him, but they claim Weiland got vindictive and tried to interfere with the release of its new single.

Stone Temple Pilots is asking for unspecified damages.

12:00 PM PST -- Scott released a statement on his website, as an open letter to fans, saying: 

"Like any band that's stood the test of time and made music for more than two decades, STP had a special alchemy - the four of us together were greater than any one of us apart. So if my former bandmates want to tour with a new singer, that's their prerogative."

He adds, "I don't give a f**k what they call themselves, but it's not Stone Temple Pilots."