After many years of tumult, infighting, breakups, dismissals and some tremendously good music, it appears as if the members of Stone Temple Pilots have finally had enough of the erraticism of their frontman. Scott Weiland has been fired from Stone Temple Pilots.
The below press release, merely one sentence long, was issued by the band Wednesday morning, announcing his departure:
Stone Temple Pilots have announced they have officially terminated Scott Weiland.
Shortly after the announcement, Weiland issued the following statement to Rolling Stone:
"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."
Ironically, Weiland was insisting as recently as December of 2012 that the band was in fine working form, and things were looking good for the future.
“STP has not broken up,” Weiland told Rolling Stone at the time. “I haven’t quit. I haven’t been fired. We’re talking right now about when we want to tour next. No one has ever fired anybody in STP.”
This isn't the first time STP has gone Weiland-less, however. In 1998, while Weiland released his first solo album 12 Bar Blues, the remaining members of STP put out an album with a different singer under the name Talk Show. It was poorly received, and a year later reconvened with Weiland for the band's 1999 album No. 4.
Weiland is about to embark on a solo tour, where plans to perform the first two Stone Temple Pilot albums in their entirety – without his STP bandmates.