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SCOTT WEILAND SAYS DRUGS ARE LONG BEHIND HIM

Former Stone Temple Pilots singer Scott Weiland said in a new interview that his days of using drugs are long behind him, despite accusations from his ex-bandmates that his addiction problems continually sidelined the group. Speaking with News1130.com, Weiland said, "Past demons are past demons; that's stuff that I dealt with 14 years ago. I mean, I guess Keith Richards gets asked about (his past drug use), so why shouldn't I? But it's not something that I think about, ever. Those days of my dope abuse, and use, are long since by me."

STP fired Weiland in February 2013 after reuniting with him in 2010 for a series of tours and one self-titled album.

The band had previously been on hiatus since 2002, primarily due to the singer's struggles with drugs and alcohol.

A number of the band's shows since the 2010 reunion were marked by inconsistent performances and late arrivals by the singer.

STP recruited Linkin Park vocalist Chester Bennington in the spring of 2013 to replace Weiland. The new lineup released an EP titled High Rise late last year and is working on songs for a full album.

Weiland continues to record and tour with his new band The Wildabouts, with a new album slated to come out in November.

Weiland also spoke recently about his interest in doing some reunion shows with Velvet Revolver. That band, which also featured members of Guns N' Roses, dismissed Weiland in April 2008.

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