Merely a single day prior to his firing from the Stone Temple Pilots, frontman Scott Weiland spoke about the current situation within the group. Ironcally, the singer said that he believes the band "just needs some new blood," adding that "no one's ever fired anybody in STP."
"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," the vocalist tells Rolling Stone magazine.
"I'd like to make a new record so it breathes new life into it. Right now, I'm focused on building my solo career with this group of guys. That's what feels right."
Weiland didn't discard the possibility of a Velvet Revolver reunion either, admitting however that "it's not something he can count on".
"As far as Velvet Revolver goes, I'd love it if it happened. But it's not something I can count on, and it's not something that I can control. If it happens, it'll happen. It would be a great thing. I know the fans would love to see it, but I respect that Slash has a solo career and he wants it to succeed the same way that I would like my solo career to succeed. Having said that, whether things work out in a timely fashion, and if it's quarterbacked right by the team and we all work together... it's all very sensitive right now, but I'd like to do it. It would be fun."
When asked about the rumors of his firing started by Slash a few months ago, the singer seemed obviously surprised.
"Slash said STP fired me? Oh, no no no. 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. But 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."
The next day, Stone Temple Pilots have released a short announcement saying that "they have officially terminated Scott Weiland" with "no further information available at this time".
The singer immediately reacted with an official statement revealing he found out about getting fired from the press.
"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."
So this is all very confusing. The possibility of Weiland getting fired from the band isn't the first thing you'd think of from this interview, right? Tell us what you think about the whole situation in the comments section below.