Stone Temple Pilots have announced that they have fired singer Scott Weiland. Weiland’s former Velvet Revolver bandmate Slash was right, despite what Weiland claimed just yesterday. Weiland also issued his own response to the firing today.
The band posted the following short statement on their facebook page earlier today: “Stone Temple Pilots have announced they have officially terminated Scott Weiland”.
Slash had mentioned in an interview a couple of months ago that Weiland had been fired by the band, but Weiland just told Rolling Stone yesterday (February 26th) that “STP has not broken up, I haven’t quit. I haven’t been fired. Slash doesn’t know anything about STP. We’re talking right now about when we want to tour next.” He did state that the group has been going through a rocky period, adding: “There were some hurt egos. But that’s the way it is. No one has ever fired anybody in STP. We’re like a family. It’s also a partnership. I started the band. We’ve always kept things going. We’ve taken time off before. They’ve done their own projects and I fully support that. No one has been fired and I haven’t quit. That’s all hearsay.” I guess Slash was right after all.
Weiland issued his own response earlier this afternoon: “I learned of my supposed ‘termination’ from Stone Temple Pilots this morning by reading about it in the press. Not sure how I can be ‘terminated’ from a band that I founded, fronted and co-wrote many of its biggest hits, but that’s something for the lawyers to figure out. In the meantime, I’m looking forward to seeing all of my fans on my solo tour which starts this Friday.”
Weiland will kick off his tour performing STP songs from the band’s first two albums ‘Core’ and ‘Purple’ on Friday (Mar. 1) in Flint, Michigan. We’ll have to see what the response and attendance is at these shows. It seems to me Weiland does a great job of alienating and pissing off any former and current band members, sometimes multiple times. Good luck Scott, maybe not the most wonderful time of this year so far.