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Scott Weiland isn't being booted out of Stone Temple Pilots without a fight.
After the group's terse announcement Wednesday (February 27) that it has "officially terminated" the singer, Weiland issued a statement of his own, saying that, "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 (March 1)."
STP has offered no further explanation about the "termination," which marks the second time the group and Weiland have parted company; the first led to a five-year split in 2003. Earlier this year, Slash revealed that STP fired the singer, who was making overtures about getting back together with the guitarist and their band, Velvet Revolver.
Weiland has scheduled a 16-date Purple To The Core Tour with his own band, the Wildabouts, that will focus on songs from STP's first two albums, "Core" and "Purple," which seems to be the straw that broke the camel's back with the other three members of STP.
The discord is a marked change from the last time we spoke to Weiland, before he released his holiday-themed solo album "The Most Wonderful Time of the Year" in 2011; back then he was optimistic about the future of STP, whose self-titled 2010 album debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 the previous year.
"There is definitely another album coming...When we make an album, that's what gets our juices flowing. That's what gets us really pumped up. You used to tour to promote your record; now you make an album to promote your tour. It's just ass backwards."
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