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Former Stone Temple Pilots singer Scott Weiland addressed the status of the band in an interview he did with Rolling Stone just days before he was fired from the group. Asked in the interview about the rumors that he had in fact been dismissed, Weiland told the magazine, "STP has not broken up. I haven't quit. I haven't been fired. We're talking about when we want to tour next. My personal feeling is that we just need some new blood in the band. It'll give it new energy, so that we're not just playing the same greatest hits set we've been playing ever since we got back together after I left Velvet Revolver. I'd like to make a new record so it breathes new life into it."
When told that it was his former Velvet Revolver bandmate, Slash, who first hinted in December that Weiland had been fired, the singer replied, "Slash doesn't know anything about STP. Those guys wanted to get together to talk about touring, but I don't think touring right now is the best thing. STP has a legacy, and to protect that is very, very important to me."
He added, "To go and do the kind of offers that we were getting would be diminishing the brand, and I don't want to do that. There are offers right now. There are offers that I passed up on. There's offers that those guys didn't want as well. There were some hurt egos, but that's the way it is. Things are like a family. No one's ever fired anybody in STP."
Weiland concluded by saying that it was not uncommon for the members of STP to work on other projects and that he's "always supported them."
Just days later, on Wednesday (February 27th), STP announced that Weiland had been "terminated." He said in a statement that he was "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."
Meanwhile, Weiland will play a number of songs from STP's first two albums, Core and Purple, on a solo tour with his band The Wildabouts that kicks off Friday (March 1st) in Flint, Michigan.