Talk about a backstab! Yesterday, we were telling you how Scott Weiland was fired from STP, and how he actually found out about it from the press. But there’s more drama here; ironically, just a day before this, he was giving an interview, saying how the band only needs some “fresh blood“, and how “no one’s ever fired anyone from 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.”
Well apparently, that’s not what felt right for the other band members. Asked about the rumor of him getting fired, which was actually started by Slash a couple of months ago, he had this to say:
“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.”
Guess what happened the very next day? The other band members released a short statement saying that “they have officially terminated Scott Weiland” with “no further information available at this time“. Weiland was quick to reply:
“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.”
It always sucks when music goes into the courtroom, but apparently, there’s no other option here. What do you think, was Scott Weiland off his form and deserved to be kicked out, or is nothing more than a backstab?
Meanwhile, he’s planning a solo tour, because in 2008, he was also kicked from Velvet Revolver.