Scott Weiland fired by Stone Temple Pilots, learned about it via press
Scott Weiland appears to have been blindsided with regard to his firing from Stone Temple Pilots.
On February 27, hours after the alternative rock band announced that the longtime frontman has been "officially terminated", Weiland said in a statement to OTRC.com: "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," he said. "In the meantime, I'm looking forward to seeing all of my fans on my solo tour, which starts this Friday."
No reason was given for his firing. The singer is set to begin a one-month solo tour on March 1.
The remaining members of Stone Temple Pilots are guitarist Dean DeLeo, his brother and bassist Robert DeLeo and drummer Eric Kretz.
Weiland had helped form the alternative rock band in the late 1980s and recorded and performed with the group, which became known for 1990s commercial hits such as "Plush" and "Interstate Love Song," until the band members parted ways around 2003.
He then went on to concentrate on a solo career and also sang lead vocals for supergroup Velvet Revolver, which contained former Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash. Weiland and the Stone Temple Pilots reunited in 2008.
In December, Slash had told the Minneapolis radio show 93X that he was told Weiland "got fired from STP." Weiland denied this in an interview with Rolling Stone on Tuesday, a day before the band's announcement about his termination, saying: "I haven't quit. I haven't been fired. Slash doesn't know anything about STP."
Stone Temple Pilots' most recent major release was the 2010 self-titled sixth studio album. The group had toured as most recently as late last year.