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Stone Temple Pilots “terminate” Scott Weiland

By | Published on Thursday 28 February 2013

Stone Temple Pilots

Stone Temple Pilots yesterday confirmed via Facebook that they have fired vocalist Scott Weiland – or “terminated” him, as their statement says, though we can confirm that he’s still alive.

The news that Weiland had been fired was first broken by Slash, also a former bandmate of Weiland’s in Velvet Revolver, during a radio interview back in December. Weiland, however, denies any prior knowledge of the news, and disputes that the rest of the band are even able to fire him.

The band’s statement simply reads: “Stone Temple Pilots have announced they have officially terminated Scott Weiland – no further information is available at this time”.

In response, Weiland told CMU: “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, of course, had a rocky tenure with the band from the mid-90s, thanks to his much-publicised drug problems. The band split in 2002, after which Weiland joined Velvet Revolver, only to be fired from that outfit in 2008 (though he has since performed a one-off charity with show them). STP reformed the same year and released their first album since 2001 in 2010.