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The three non-singing members of Stone Temple Pilots will make their first public appearance since firing vocalist Scott Weiland later this month at the MusiCares MAP Fund benefit in Los Angeles. Guitarist Dean DeLeo, bassist Robert DeLeo and drummer Eric Kretz are being billed as "members of Stone Temple Pilots," but there are no details on what they will play or who if anyone will perform with them. Stone Temple Pilots has not performed live since last September.
STP officially fired Weiland in February after weeks of rumors about his status, issuing a terse statement that read, "Stone Temple Pilots have announced they have officially terminated Scott Weiland." No further details have since revealed.
This was the second time that the band has parted ways with its often troubled frontman, following a split in 2002.
Robert DeLeo told us a while back that he couldn't remember a time when things ever ran smoothly for the band: "You know, I don't think it's ever been an even keel and I think that's what I've grown to accept with STP. You know, I can honestly say I don't think STP is my life. You know, I have other things and people and things within myself that define me, and if I can take those things and put them toward my music now, I think there's benefits to that."
Weiland, who was about to launch a solo tour at the time of his dismissal, denied at first that he had been fired, saying that Stone Temple Pilots legally could not exist or use that name without all four members of the group in the lineup.
He reiterated that view last week during an interview with a Nevada radio station, saying, "I started the band . . . there's things in place, like certain clauses that are in place that keep that from happening."
The 2013 MusiCares MAP Fund benefit takes place May 30th at Club Nokia in Los Angeles, with Linkin Park's Chester Bennington and skateboard legend Tony Alva as this year's honorees. The bill for the night includes performers Slash, Duff McKagan, Mix Master Mike and others, along with presenters Anthony Kiedis, Mike Shinoda and Andy Dick.
Proceeds from the event will benefit the MusiCares Map Fund, which allows access to addiction recovery treatment and sober living resources for members of the music community.