According to The Pulse Of Radio, the former singer of a short-lived STONE TEMPLE PILOTS offshoot band has ripped his ex-bandmates in a new interview. Dave Coutts, who recorded one album in 1997 with STP guitarist Dean DeLeo, bassist Robert DeLeo and drummer Eric Kretz under the name TALK SHOW, unloaded in an interview with BlastEcho, calling Dean DeLeo a "prick" and a "chord snob."
Coutts said that he could "understand why [late STP singer Scott] Weiland got high," adding that Dean and Kretz used to "talk a lot of shit" about Weiland when they were in TALK SHOW and did so "all the time we were together." Coutts added that he is still on amiable terms with Robert.
But he also remarked that he felt it was "too soon" for STP to recruit a new vocalist, saying, "Scott just died, Chester [Bennington] just quit. I mean, come on, put it to bed."
He added, "I think they're playing in their own tribute band. That's pretty sad."
TALK SHOW came together after a number of dates on STP's 1996 tour in support of its album "Tiny Music...Songs From The Vatican Gift Shop" had to be canceled because of Weiland's ongoing drug problems.
But TALK SHOW's sole album, as well as Weiland's solo debut, "12 Bar Blues", the following year, failed to take off, and STP was back in the studio a short time later to record 1999's "No. 4" set.
Coutts currently lives in Long Beach, California and works in a job outside the music business.
STP is currently auditioning new lead vocalists through an open call through its web site.
Scott Weiland died in early December from a mix of drugs and alcohol while on tour behind his latest solo effort, "Blaster".