In an interesting free-agent acquisition, Stone Temple Pilots have come to terms with Linkin Park's Chester Bennington. This does not mean the end of Linkin Park, however. Bennington will supposedly maintain duties as the frontman for both bands. So what happened to Scott Weiland you ask? Apparently, the other three members of STP, or "the instrumentalists" as Weiland refers to them as, have become fed up with the frontman's egotistical antics. "Instrumentalists" Robert DeLeo, Dean DeLeo, and Eric Kretz claim that Weiland was "misusing the band's name to further his solo career." But if you think that Scott Weiland is going down without a fight, then you don't know Scott Weiland. The former lead singer and face of STP is suing the band for at least $5 million (yes, you read that correctly) in damages. Basically what Weiland is saying here is: "You can't kick me out of the band. I AM
Regardless of this lawsuit's outcome, I think it is safe to assume that Weiland is probably the one at fault here due to his past interpersonal incompetency with bandmates as well as his notable drug and alcohol use interfering with career endeavors. The good news for Weiland is that it's kinda badass for rockstars to be egotistical you-know-whats. It's been done PLENTY of times before. Hell, even The Beatles ended up splitting in favor of solo albums (some members being more successful than others). The unfortunate fact-of-the-matter is, rock and roll has the unparalleled ability to turn icons into huge douchebags, for lack of a better word. Below, you'll find a few of said icons who, along with Weiland, once had a self-perceived messiah image of themselves that ultimately led to the downfall of their respective bands. And even better, they have uncanny resemblances to comic book villains.
While it is completely unfair to compare Scott Weiland to a Nazi, even he would have to admit that his "fascist general" look is strikingly reminiscent of Red Skull of Captain America fame. In fact, Weiland even went through a red hair phase at one point in his career. Too bad theres no visual evidence of a redhead fascist Weiland.
It's hard to put a finger on what exactly makes Axl Rose look like the Hobgoblin from Spider-Man, but as evident in the photos below, there is undoubtedly something there. While this is perhaps the most unflattering picture of Rose available on the Internet, you'd be hard-pressed to find a flattering aspect of his life now. He's an aging rockstar who doesnt seem to be making a comeback any time soon. After the release of Chinese Democracy
in 2008, Guns N' Roses' first album in 15 years, there really haven't been any indications of Rose in the studio. Back in 1996, guitarist Slash and bassist Duff McKagen left the band after Rose allegedly sought complete creative control and command of the band's affairs. While he is a true legend, Axl Rose can certainly be considered a villain in the music industry.
In 1998, after Soundgarden disbanded due to creative differences, Chris Cornell decided to cash in on a solo career. While it is difficult to knock anything Cornell has done in his long career (with the exception of that dreadful Timbaland collaboration), it's always unsettling to see a talented frontman leave a band at the height of their fame to experiment as a solo artist. Lucky for us, Soundgarden's disbandment was not a complete travesty. Audioslave was birthed as a result, and Cornell has recently reunited with Soundgarden to produce their newest album King Animal
, which was met with very positive reviews. Cornell has seemingly always been on the hunt for changes in his career path (be that good or bad), so his comic book comparison is appropriately Kraven The Hunter, one of Spider-Man's many enemies. He also looks a heck of a lot like him.
Perhaps the most recognizable face in Britpop, Liam Gallagher took Oasis to the top of the charts in the mid-90s. However, unbeknownst to many people, the brains behind the now defunct band is largely considered to be Liam's brother and bandmate, Noel Gallagher. While Noel wrote virtually every song, Liam received much of the fame due to his erratic behavior and vibrant on and off-stage antics. A lack of brotherly love led to many make-ups and breakups for Oasis, and in 2009, the band split for good. And if you're hoping for an Oasis reunion, don't hold your breath (Liam was quoted saying "Fuck Oasis and fuck Noel Gallagher"). Liam may be the bratty younger brother that Noel wished he never had, but it was fun while it lasted. You'll find that Liam shares a strange physical resemblance to super-villain Dr. Octopus. Noel might add that Dr. Octopus is a much nicer dude.
Billy Corgan, frontman for Smashing Pumpkins, is notably a control-freak and perfectionist. If you are a Smashing Pumpkins fan, then this is a very good thing. The original members of the band, however, are definitely not Smashing Pumpkins fans. As early as the first album, Gish
, Corgan replaced the studio recordings of James Iha and D'arcy Wretzky with his own. This move, influenced by famed producer Butch Vig, was nothing but an innocent attempt to get the "right" sound. But throughout the years, the theme lived on. Eventually, Corgan's supporting cast had had enough and the band was history in 2000. Five years later, Corgan came to the realization that he could be a commanding perfectionist no matter who
was in his band, and Smashing Pumpkins saw rebirth in 2005. While Billy Corgan's true doppelganger is Jack Skellington from The Nightmare Before Christmas
, for the sake of keeping the comic motif, we'll go with Superman's arch-nemesis Lex Luthor.
For now, let's just pretend that Scott Weiland and the rest of his Secret Society of Super Villains will find salvation (although some already have). Yet something tells me the pompous rockstar is not a dying breed.