Atlantic Records Sues Scott Weiland and Eric Kretz
Atlantic Records sued two members of Stone Temple Pilots yesterday (June 12), accusing them of trying to prematurely end their recording contract with the Warner Music Group label.
The suit, filed in U.S. District Court in Manhattan, claims lead singer Scott Weiland and drummer Eric Kretz have threatened to stop performing under their contract and have indicated they would like to end the agreement unless Atlantic makes significant changes.
The record company said in the suit that while Stone Temple Pilots has already delivered six albums, it wants the group to record a seventh album and deliver up to two more if Atlantic decides it wants them.
Stone Temple Pilots reunited last month for its first national tour in eight years. The group, whose momentum was often curtailed by Weiland’s drug problems, had fallen apart shortly after a 2002 tour. In late 2003, the other two members of the group, guitarist Dean DeLeo and bassist Robert DeLeo, were released by Atlantic from their recording contract as they said they wanted to pursue separate careers.
Atlantic said in the lawsuit that the group — Weiland, Kretz and the DeLeos — was now touring successfully and had indicated its intention to record together again. The record company said its contract with Stone Temple Pilots was written under New York laws and that the musicians are trying to use California laws to terminate it.
Atlantic said claims by Kretz and Weiland that they have a right to terminate the contract “have given rise to a definite, real and substantial controversy between the parties that threatens to harm Atlantic’s business.”
Atlantic is seeking a court declaration of its rights under the recording contract, the costs of its legal fees and any other relief the court decides is appropriate.
A spokesperson for Stone Temple Pilots had no immediate comment on the lawsuit.
Courtesy of Billboard.com
Last night, I received an email with the following:
Unfortunately due to a hemorrhaged vocal cord suffered by Cinderella’s Tom
Keifer, the scheduled Cinderella, Warrant, Lynch Mob and Lynam show July 11 at The Aztec Music Hall and remaining Tour dates have been cancelled. Tickets will be refunded at point of purchase starting Saturday Morning at 10AM. We apologize for the inconvenience.
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According to Warrant’s myspace: Warrant and it’s booking agent are scrambling to rebook as many dates as possible so that they can still be on the road this summer.
Those of you with tickets to the Lynam, Lynch Mob, Warrant and Cinderella tour, ought to check with your local venue’s to see what the status of this show is.
It is probably that Rocklahoma will be seeking out a replacement for Cinderella as well.
This is very disappointing, as I was looking for a comeback by Cinderella. Tom Keifer recently finished a solo album that he is shopping to the different labels. Hopefully, this doesn’t set that record back.
Jesse James Dupree and Dixie Inc have released a brand new video, Money, Lovin’ and Speed.
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One of the craziest releases of the late 80’s, was O.F.R. by Nitro. Everything about this four piece band was so completely over the top, it wasn’t even funny. The only thing higher than Jim Gillette’s hair was the octave of his glass breaking screams.
Michael Angelo Batio’s guitar playing was nearly as high pitched as Gillette’s voice.
Former Vinnie Vincent Invasion drummer, Bobby Rock did a pretty good job maintaining the pace of this high speed, high octave hair metal. Nitro only proved to be one of the many sub par bands that he would be a member of.
I wish I could tell you that Nitro’s music was awesome, but quite honestly, Freight Train, is probably the best song on the album, and that isn’t saying much.
Most of the songs are focused around Gillette’s high pitched wails and screams. Although Nitro’s music is above average, Gillette’s vocals can grate on your nerves, and if anything else are some what ridiculous to listen to. When Gillette isn’t breaking glass with his voice, Batio is usually guitar noodling at notes nearly as high as Gillette’s voice. This too can grate on your nerves.
If they band managed to do anything, it was to get themselves noticed with their insane sonic attack.
Aside from Freight Train, the song Long Way From Home, is probably the closest thing resembling a hit on this album. O.F.R is exactly what you would expect it to be, out-fucking-rageous, it just isn’t very good. Migraine sufferers might not want to play this album during an attack.
After listening to this album again for the first time in years, I honestly believe the best thing Gillette did was marry Lita Ford.
This album is long out of print, and I doubt too many of you would want to pay the top dollars it will take to track this one down. That is unless you need some of your old glassware broken.
If you are dying to hear some songs by this band, check out their myspace page.
Rating:Out of 10
1. Freight Train
2. Double Trouble
3. Machine Gunn Eddie
4. Long Way From Home
5. Bring it Down
6. Nasty Reputation
7. Fighting Mad
8. Shot Heard ‘Round the World
Jim Gillette – vocals
Michael Angelo – guitars
T.J. Racer – bass
Bobby Rock – drums