Last weekend, Stone Temple Pilots took the stage with Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington. They also released a new song called Out of Time. Stone Temple Pilots fired their singer Scott Weiland earlier this year and plan on recording and touring with Bennington. The other three original members, Dean DeLeo, Robert DeLeo, and Eric Kretz, remain.
But, should they continue to use the name Stone Temple Pilots?
The band has been down this road before. When the band originally broke up in 2002, Weiland joined former members of Guns N' Roses in a new band, Velvet Revolver. The DeLeo brothers joined forces with Filter singer Richard Patrick in a new band, Army of Anyone.
The 2000s were a popular time for supergroups composed of one well known band's musicians and another band's singer. In addition to Velvet Revolver and Army of Anyone, Audioslave saw success in combining the musicians from Rage Against The Machine with Soundgarden front-man Chris Cornell.
But, when high profile changes are made to bands, the band's name does not always change. Van Halen replaced David Lee Roth with Sammy Hagar, but retained the band's name.
Bands change members all of the time. Some bands have irreplaceable leaders. Foo Fighters could not exist without Dave Grohl. James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich must be in Metallica. Nirvana doesn't exist without Kurt Cobain.
Some bands refuse any member changes. Led Zeppelin broke up after the death of drummer John Bonham.
There are numerous legal situations regarding who has the rights to various band names. To use the Lynyrd Skynyrd name, the band must pay 30 percent of their touring revenues to the widows of Ronnie Van Zant and Steve Gaines. A similar issue recently came up between Alice in Chains and the mother of the late singer Layne Staley.
If he wanted to push it, Scott Weiland could possibly force the band to use another name or pay him. At their shows last weekend, Chester Bennington belted out many of the band's hits. Weiland wrote the lyrics to many of those songs.
What do you think?