Stone Temple Pilots Fire Scott Weiland

He first heard the news through the press, and warns that his lawyers will decide whether he can be fired from a band he founded.

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Stone Temple Pilots have fired singer Scott Weiland - and the first he heard about it was through the press.

The band didn't give a reason for his departure, with their short statement simply reading: "Stone Temple Pilots have announced they have officially terminated Scott Weiland."

If at first glance the word "terminated" sounds a bit extreme, don't worry; Scott is alive and well, and quickly posted a statement of his own (via NME):

"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."

It's not the first time Weiland has been out of the band which he helped form in the mid-80s. In the 90s the band went on hiatus, and later Weiland went to jail for heroin possession while experimenting with a solo project. They reformed, but be 2002 they officially split - and then reformed again in 2008 once Weiland had been booted from rock supergroup Velvet Revolver.

Perhaps Weiland's false claims that he was destined to reunite with Velvet Revolver in November last year were prompted by difficulties in Stone Temple Pilots. It proved to be BS;

Slash responded by saying "Scott is completely speaking out of his a-s."

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    Thrice Capades
    $1 million voice, 10 cent brain. He's had it coming for a long time, and I no longer feel sorry for him.
    "It proved to be BS; Slash responded by saying "Scott is completely speaking out of his a-s." I didn't know Scott was a bull. Anyway, I think this is shame, but an expected one. From what I've read, he's a bit of a dick to work with, though a shame 'cause I think he has an awesome voice. And I wish I'd got to see them before they split again.
    Sucks. That dude can sing.
    sometimes he can sing, the way his voice has changed worked in VR, but the way he sings plush now is terrible, back when that came out he powered it out like Eddie Vedder, now its thin and weedy
    The nice part for journalists is they only have to write half an article. They can just copy and paste from all the other times he's been kicked out. Same goes for when they're out of money and they magically reunite with SW again in 2016. I saw them live a few years ago. The band's great but Weiland was out of it. He was really sharp on his early 90's stuff but way off on the later years' material (which is mostly crappy to begin with -- Sour Girl? come on...) 'Purple' remains one of the underrated albums of the 90's, IMHO. Love that one.
    Hey, No.4 had some great stuff that should have hit the airwaves instead: Pruno, Atlanta, Sex & Violence, Glide, I Got You, & MC5, it certainly was a solid effort. Shangri-La Dee Da remains my favorite, I feel that's more underrated than Purple if you look at their endeavors as a whole instead of just the early 90's. IMO, people put too much emphasis on Core & Purple being STP's "grail" of music, even Tiny Music is Killer.
    Agreed. Wasn't much a fan of No. 4 besides down, sour girl, and no way out, but loved tiny music and seriously enjoyed Shangri-La Dee da very much. Some of their deepest cuts such as regeneration, hello its late, and coma are on that album. Good stuff, but Purple is great too.
    Tiny Music is a bomb. Weiland can't sing anymore, he barely could in No.4. The real brains of the band are the DeLeo brothers though.
    Sour Girl is a well wriiten tune ...unfortunately it was ruined with sophmoric lyrics particularily in the chorus section.....
    Scott looks like a man who's swallowed a series of corners. he's so pointy?!
    When I read what happend yesterday, I almost fell a tear. Damn, they were one of my childhood favorites and to see them kick out Scott just feels like it's over, unless they make a killer comeback of course which i really hope.
    He voluntarily terminated himself from Velvet Revolver by announcing his return to STP. He wasn't actually fired from them.
    WHAT?!?!?!?!??!?!??!?!?!??!?!?!??!?!??!?!?!??!?!??!?!??!?!?! Sorry for the 'comment of a 10-year old girl' but this seriously ruined my day. Can't say I didn't see it coming, but hearing the singer of your favorite band got fired always sucks ass. Oh man I hope the DeLeos start another project. Talk show and AoA were out of this world, and I'd love to see what they do with all the material they had for the next album. Fucking Scott Weiland.....
    Good luck trying to find another singer like scott. Watch it be like Van Halen all over again xD
    Sammy Hagar did a good job, is a completely different VH. You should wish good luck to Weiland, he needs to find his voice.
    I agree that Scott's voice is not as good as it was when STP was in their prime. All the times that STP has been in the news for pissing off fans with starting shows late and performing poorly it seems to point at Scott's voice problems or incoherent behavior. The DeLeo's need to get Richard Patrick to stop touring with Filter and start writing some more Army of Anyone. Ray Luzier has even expressed interest in getting back together with them.
    Word to DeLeo brothers and Eric Kretz. Go find Dave Coutts and make another Talk Show album or find Richard Patrick and make another Army of Anyone album. I know you'll be fine without Weiland.
    Th Army of Anyone record was AWESOME! It's one of those albums that I don't think enough people heard because if they did it would've been huge.
    The guy deserves to be fired. He is a ****ing bum. And to answer his question without lawyers: yes you can be kicked out of a band you founded... just ask Geoff Tate, and ton of other mofos out there. You're all washed up Scoot, now go wash the shames off you if you can!
    You can't be fired from a band you founded? Tell that to Syd Barrett. Guy sounds like a douche, although its pretty douchey of the band to not tell him he's fired as well. Can't say I'm incredibly disappointed; they always felt like a Pearl Jam knock off to me.
    So they've terminated him "officially" then? lol. I thought he was out a long while ago. STP is another band that just needs to say "we had a good run" and move on.
    I feel like the differences between singers like Scott / Axl and James Hetfield / Myles Kennedy are that they think that because they create the lyrics, the other guys don't matter. The reason Hetfield and Kennedy have been a staying force in their bands is because they not only write lyrics but also understand that guitar, bass, and drums are just as important. Hence, they play guitar
    I feel like STP is mostly Scott. Core was a classic album, any other vocalist just won't be the same.
    Rebel Scum
    While I agree without Scott's vocal it ain't the same, STP is definately not "mostly Scott". Most of the material on the first three albums was written by Robert DeLeo. And the guitar sounds and solos? All Dean DeLeo.
    "Ok y'all, who is now part of STP, please start 'Dead and Bloated'". "Not so fast, Scott..."
    that's like MEGADETH kicking out Dave Mustaine!
    I didn't know STP was still around. But I do love a good laugh at the expense of a vocalist. edit: opps, didn't mean to reply to your post, haha.
    I remember when STP first came out and anyone who knew anything about music immediately saw them for the stale, generic, 'alternative' clones they were. Somewhere along the way most people forget that they were nothing but a band formed to cash in on the early 90's popularity of 'alternative' music.
    Core came out in the early 90's. They made their own fan base with their radio friendly hits. The DeLeo brothers and Kretz are great musicians, but their music burned out quick. I love most of their albums, but they really pale in comparison to other albums at the time.
    Irwin Navarro
    I might get downvoted for this but I think the new or at least fill in vocalist should be M Shadows from A7X!!!
    Yes, STP made it into the "Mainstream" of rock radio and MTV with Plush, and yes during the verses Scott sounds like Vedder. That does not make STP a Pearl Jam clone any more than the Sabbath-sounding riff on I'm Going Mad from the Scorpion's first album makes the Scorps a Sabbath rip-off. STP is a great band with their own sound. Unfortunately, STP never did very well without Scott, and with the exception of VR, Scott never did well on his own career wise. This is not the first time STP has had issues with Scott. He got into trouble in the mid 90's, and he has struggled ever since. I am concerned for him. I don't know what happened recently, but I do remember him disappearing for a few days during their tour in '97. He was fortunate later on when a judge allowed him out of prison to record for VR so he wouldn't default on their recording contract. Scott is very talented, but his career has been unstable from being too much a front man and not enough a singer! From one addict to another, Scott you need to lose the rock star ego and admit that you are just another very talented addict... or we are going to read about you, just like so many of us.
    All that Scott put the band through, I'm surprised and great full they lasted this long.
    This is old news... Whenever UG posted the articles about him rejoining Velvet and an article of slash saying no... Then we all knew he was kicked from Stone Temple.
    I just bought tickets to see him on his current solo tour where he's performing both Core and Purple in their entirety. I thought it was kind of weird that it was a solo show seeing as he's 1/4 of the creativity behind it but this is kind of telling. Maybe they didn't even want to go with him.
    Army of Anyone, no more than one cover each of STP/Filter per show = win. The last STP album was erratic, but had two incredible songs in "Fast as I Can" and "Between the Lines".
    Headline should read: DeLeo Bros & Eric Kretz effectively self-destruct their careers. This is so stupid, even if Scottyboy is a major prick, or a major junkie, what are they gonna be without him as frontman? Never heard from again, that's what. They should put up with Weiland's antics and just keep playing the music that made them famous because none of them is ever gonna make better music than they made in STP's heyday. Furthermore this IS a tragic waste of an awesome rock band. They are all in top form, unlike any of the rest of the 90's big-name acts who all sound old now. I saw STP in 2010 and they kicked too much ass
    Weiland can't sing for shit anymore. The pressure falls back on the band, a band that's good, but can't really hold without a vox. Bringing back Army of Anyone would be a great alternative, I don't thing Patrick has lost his voice yet.
    Scott and the guitarist (don't know his name) basically set STP apart from other rock bands. Bands like STP, AIC, and Soundgarden need to hang it up and move on. And I don't wanna hear how good they are because all their new shit sucks.
    Again.Yeah STP has been over for years anyway, and are mostly just a touring band because their newer material just has not lived up to the older album like Core. Besides a VR reunion would be just want the doctor order and since Myles Kennedy will be rejoining Alter Bridge for a new album and tour i say Slash's calendar is pretty open. Also Slash has said that the members of Velvet Revolver (except Weiland) have been working on new material they just haven't been able to find a new lead singer. cough cough..... its Scott Weiland dumbass go get him.
    Cotraband was written without Scott = Kick ass Album. Libertad written with Scott = Shit Album.