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Stone Temple Pilots have officially fired singer Scott Weiland, with the band issuing a terse statement that simply read, "Stone Temple Pilots have announced they have officially terminated Scott Weiland." No further details were revealed. This is the second time that the band has parted ways with its often troubled frontman, following a split in 2002. This is also the second gig that Weiland has been dismissed from within five years, after he was given his walking papers by Velvet Revolver in 2008.
The singer, who just two days earlier told Rolling Stone that reports of his dismissal were "hearsay," responded with his own statement, saying, "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."
Rumors that STP's relationship with Weiland was on the rocks again first surfaced late last year, after the singer hinted that he was possibly rejoining Velvet Revolver.
But Velvet Revolver guitarist Slash shot that down, saying that Weiland was talking about reuniting with Velvet Revolver because he got fired from STP."
Weiland rejoined STP right around the time of his firing from Velvet Revolver, with the band touring constantly for the next few years and releasing its self-titled sixth album in 2010.
That last album was recorded with the band playing together in one studio and Weiland recording his parts on his own at his own facility, but bassist Robert DeLeo told us at the time that the band was able to make it work: "There's a certain understanding you have with each other at that point, that you know what the person is gonna like and dislike, and you know what's gonna work. And, you know, even though it is challenging, you're not in the same room, I think we've gotten to that point where it's a great achievement being able to write and produce and do this record the way we did."
As usual, Weiland's behavior on tour was unpredictable, with the singer often showing up late or going missing before shows, giving lackluster performances and even falling off a stage at one gig.
It's not clear at this point whether STP plans to carry on with a new singer. As for Weiland, he is indeed hitting the road on Friday (March 1st) for a solo tour with his band The Wildabouts.
The show on this trek will focus heavily on material from STP's first two efforts, Core and Purple, along with other material. Confirmed dates are:
March 1 - Flint, MI - Machine Shop
March 2 - Traverse City, MI - Ground Zero
March 4 - Niagara Falls, NY - Rapids Theatre
March 6 - Patchogue, NY - Emporium
March 7 - Boston, MA - Wilbur Theatre
March 9 - New York, NY - Irving Plaza
March 11 - Washington, DC - Howard Theatre
March 12 - New Brunswick, NJ - State Theatre
March 14 - Bethlehem, PA - Sands Bethlehem Event Center
March 15 - Fort Wayne, IN - Piere's
March 19 - Chicago, IL - House of Blues
March 20 - Cleveland, OH - House of Blues
March 22 - Cincinnati, OH - Bogarts
March 23 - Indianapolis, IN - Egyptian Room
March 26 - Houston, TX - House of Blues
March 27 - Dallas, TX - House of Blues