In a recent interview with Music Frenzy, Filter frontman Richard Patrick talked about Scott Weiland‘s past issues with drugs and tardiness. Now, Weiland has fired back with a response to Patrick's comments.

In the interview, Patrick said, “[Some Stone Temple Pilots fans say], ‘He’s a badass rock and roll star. You can’t have STP without Scott Weiland.’ Okay, well, you’re gonna get what you want — he’ll be a rock star legend that died in a hotel room with a needle sticking out of his arm, and it will not be a cool thing and it will be sad and his kids will be traumatized. It’s bizarre that the biggest enabler for Scott is the audience … at least [as] of a couple of years ago. I don’t know what it’s like now.”

Patrick, who was in Army of Anyone for years with Stone Temple Pilots‘ DeLeo brothers, also talked about what he had been told about what it's like being in a band with Weiland: “It’s sad that three guys have to sit around and wait for someone to show up to a rehearsal. And they’ve been there for two weeks working and the singer hasn’t even shown up. And you get onstage and the guy doesn’t even know how to sing his own songs, and it’s pathetic. It’s sad for everybody.”

Weiland has now responded to the comments Patrick made in the interview with a statement issued to Blabbermouth:

"Hey, Richard — thanks for your thoughts and opinions on my life. Just so you know, and others do as well, I haven't had a needle in my arm in thirteen years. Overcoming my addiction to heroin was the hardest thing I've ever done, and I'm damn proud of the fact that the time in my life when drugs were stronger than my commitment to my health is so far behind me, and always will be.

By the way, man, I recall when I DID do drugs, and you were one of the guys getting high with me. It's behind you, please note and respect that it's behind me too. As for my issues with my former band — just remember the old adage that there are two sides to every story. I haven't been late for a show in a very long time. I have worked hard to be present and on time for my fans.

I'm not perfect — no one is — but I have worked my ass off to repair the reputation I created by being thoughtless years ago. Why you felt the need to attack me is unclear but I am happy to set the record straight.

Best regards to you."

We'll let you know if Patrick responds to Weiland's statement.

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